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  1. After two covid delays, Johan Kobborg's Romeo and Juliet finally took place tonight. The ballet is classically based but with some fresh updated touches and completely different from McMillan’s version. It lasted about 80 minutes with no interval. The opening was the same as the closing scene – Romeo and Juliet lying dead on a bier. This brought to mind classic Greek tragedy where the end of the story is inevitable and all events lead to the final calamity. Once the bier was removed (with a bit of creaking and pushing) Polunin swaggered onto the stage, resplendent in white tights and looking very handsome. Kobborg had provided showcase choreography to make Polunin immediately stride right to the front of the stage and dazzle with his trademark huge leaps and rapid spins of the kind that his audience seem to expect. He also included a cheeky mime about Romeo’s flirtatious habits with the girls! The scenery was a massive, many-staired structure that appeared to be made of grey concrete. This was manipulated to give different views for each scene – eg tall archways for the Capulet ball, a vertiginous staircase leading to a platform to serve as Juliet’s balcony. It seemed to be a dramatic and effective combination of the brutalist architecture of Denys Lasdun and the impossible staircases drawn by Maurits Escher. When Alina Cojocaru appeared she was the epitome of a pretty, spirited teenage girl. Her dancing, as always, was exquisite and her acting was such that by the end, when she awoke from the sleeping potion full of the joy of anticipation of being with her Romeo, and then had that joy crushed by the discovery of his body, it was absolutely heartrending. I noticed grown men around me weeping. The overall feel of the piece was somewhat timeless – the costumes attractive but anonymous; it is after all a tale that could be repeated to some degree in any time and country. Apart from the principals, there was great dancing from Daichi Ikarashi as Mercutio and Nikolas Gaifullin as Tybalt. Some very promising young dancers have been hand-picked by Polunin Ink to give them the opportunity they might not have in a traditional company, and at the same time to utilise their special talents. It was lovely to see Alina bring her Johan on to the stage to receive some of the rapturous applause. I fondly remembered enjoying seeing them dance together many years ago when they were both in the Royal Ballet – beautiful dancers individually but utterly enthralling when they were together on stage. But I digress. Tonight was a different experience, merging the old with the new. The (sold-out) audience were not typical of those at the Royal Opera House – they were mostly a lot younger, and extremely enthusiastic as the lengthy standing ovation showed. I believe it is Kobborg’s aim to keep ballet alive and also to keep it fresh, and in this he has succeeded. I enjoyed the evening very much and found it a distilled and different version of Romeo and Juliet which is both spectacular and moving. https://maryrosedouglasuk.wixsite.com/ballet
  2. Here is an interesting announcement of a virtual reality collaboration between Sensorium “a high-tech company expanding IT, AI and VR into the entertainment market” and the Sergei Polunin Charity Foundation. https://sensoriumxr.com/articles/8 It will be interesting to find out who the ‘ten other leading world dance stars’ will be, as mentioned in the article, that Sergei will choose to include in this project. I’ve included an initial video filmed in Los Angeles in February 2020, I believe. From 1.43-1.57 it is his avatar dancing ‘Take Me To Church’ not him. (Personally I don’t think they have captured his hands well enough yet ... I am assuming that will get refined in time.) I also notice some music and choreography from his ballet Rasputin, so there will be more VR to come. I know very little about VR so I cannot imagine how this might be used. Although I can imagine how wonderful it would be if we had an avatar of say Nijinsky, who could then be able to perform new ballets alongside real and/or other VR dancers. The possibilities are endless. Separately here is a link to lots of information on Sergei’s charity ... https://polunin.foundation/en/foundation/fond/
  3. Many, many congratulations to Ross Freddie Ray on his beautiful, and emotional choreography for this project inspired to support and raise awareness for multiple sclerosis sufferers, sponsored by Merck Russia. Do watch. It begins poignantly with Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ (spoken in Russian, with English subtitles) As some here know, Ross trained at the Royal Ballet School, where he was a winner of the Ursula Moreton choreographic award. He was previously a dancer and choreographer with Romanian National Ballet. He is now mostly a choreographer. Though he will be seen dancing as Lord Capulet in Johan Kobborg’s R&J at the Royal Albert Hall later this year. This is an extraordinary project with incredible visuals from Tuen Van Der Zalm (Hollywood visual artist), beautiful costumes by Dmitry Loginov (Russian high end fashion designer) and clever makeup by Yuri Stolyarov (top MUA to Maybelline USA). The visuals are so amazing ... it feels like the stage is floating in space. ▪️Note to mods: please do not merge this with the ‘multiple Sergei Polunin news’ that you have combined into one thread elsewhere. (There is lots more coming to fruition that I haven’t mentioned yet .. I will do it in that thread.) Ross Freddie Ray deserves his own recognition for this exceptional choreography. And there is more to come from him 😉 In this project, yes, Sergei Polunin is the dancer and the ‘name’ that will sell the video, as well as being the networker bringing these top end creatives together. But .... the creativity, concept and the choice of music are all Ross’s own. We will hear more about the relationship of the movements to the choreography in a documentary to follow.
  4. Sergei Polunin has a new dance video coming, filmed in St Petersburg in March and to be premiered on World Multiple Sclerosis Day in May 2021. It is a new collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Merck to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis through their “Live a full Life” programme. Music is Ravel’s Bolero, with choreography by Ross Freddie Ray and extraordinary backdrops by Hollywood visual artist Teun van der Zalm (Star Wars and other futuristic movies) Press announcement https://artmoskovia.ru/sergej-polunin-pristupil-k-postanovke-novogo-baleta-v-ramkah-proekta-zhivipolnojzhiznju.html Translation by google: Sergei Polunin has begun staging a new ballet as part of the #LiveFullLife project 03/29/2021 Sergei Polunin, an internationally renowned ballet dancer, president of the Sergei Polunin Charitable Foundation, has become an ambassador for the #LiveFullLife educational project initiated by the scientific and technological company Merck. It’s goal is to educate the public about multiple sclerosis and help people with this disease. Sergei will begin his dialogue in the language of dance and will present a special one-act online ballet "Bolero" dedicated to the topic of multiple sclerosis. The performance is based on the idea that each person can share their energy with everyone around, as long as you find its source within yourself and feel the connection with the Universe. Through dance, Sergey will draw a parallel between multiple sclerosis and ballet, showing how important movement and coordination are in human life, difficulties with which people with this disease often experience. World experts take part in the creation of the production. The ballet will be accompanied by high-tech visual projections, new lighting solutions - this part of the work is supervised by the Dutch visionary artist Teun van der Zalm, the British choreographer Ross Freddie Ray is responsible for the choreography, costume designer - designer Dmitry Loginov, make-up artist - Yuri Stolyarov, director - director of the ballet video version, winner of the TEFI award, Maxim Bespaly. People with multiple sclerosis also take part in the creation of the project - they will read together with Sergei Rudyard Kipling's poem "If ..." translated by S.Ya. Marshak. “This poem perfectly complements the title of the project“ Live life to the fullest ”. The masterpiece by Maurice Ravel, Bolero, performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Pierre Boulez, is taken as a musical foundation: fullness, depth and thirst for life are felt in every note of this work, ”says choreographer Ross Freddie Ray. “Living a full life with a chronic illness means being able to do everything that is considered normal for people without a diagnosis: work, travel, play sports, start a family, meet friends. I am very glad that many people with multiple sclerosis, thanks to modern methods of treatment, can live life to the fullest. The #LiveFullLife project was created so that people with multiple sclerosis know that they are not alone, and that, in spite of everything, they need to fight further, ”says Matthias Wernicke, General Director of Merck in Russia and the CIS. “Today social projects inspire people and encourage us not to stop at what has been achieved, not give up, strive for development and new heights. It is a great honor for me to be involved in the #LiveFullLife project, to be able to benefit society and help those who need it most, ”says Sergei Polunin. The premiere of the ballet Bolero will take place in Moscow at the official press conference of Merck on World Multiple Sclerosis Day in May 2021. From that day, Bolero will be available worldwide on Sergei Polunin's official YouTube channel. Photo - Victoria NAZAROVA, copyright holder - Polunin Ink LLC
  5. News from Japan: Alina Cojocaru’s Dream Project 2020 is to be performed 5-11 February 2020 in Tokyo and Otsu-shi, Shiga and will feature Friedemann Vogel with Alina in Ballet Imperial in Programme A. Programme B will feature Sergei Polunin with Alina in the complete Marguerite and Armand. I am guessing Johan Kobborg will play Armand’s father. (He has already performed this role in 2016 when Alina and Friedemann were the leads.) Other participants announced so far are Osiel Gouneo and Nancy Osbaldeston. https://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2020/cojocaru/index.html
  6. i am wondering how it went! anyone see any reviews anywhere? i didn't realize it was an outdoor venue, not being familiar with Italy.
  7. If anyone has tickets they can no longer use for Romeo and Juliet in Verona on Monday 26th August please let me know, as a fan is looking for 2 armchair seats together. Separately a friend has one spare (due to family life events) to sell. Let me know and I can put you in direct contact.
  8. I haven’t started a new thread before so please bear with me. Dance Europe subscribers will see an interesting interview in the July edition with Johan Kobborg (he is always interesting!) on the new Romeo and Juliet he is choreographing for Sergei Polunin and Alina Cojocaru in the main roles for Poluninink company. The premiere will be in the Arena Di Verona on Monday 26th August and it will be classical ballet (women en pointe, men in tights) we are told, with a modern take. Intriguing. There are frequent updates via twitter/instagram, from Johan mostly, including names of the others in the 24 strong cast including Valentino Zucchetti as Mercutio, Nikolas Gaifullin (principal at Atlanta Ballet) as Tybalt, and Ross Freddie Ray McCaw (role not yet known). I’m really looking forward to this unique potentially once in a lifetime event.
  9. Rave reviews from Italy for this tour of Fraudulent Smile and Sacre in beautiful summer venues - see poster below. One more show on 27/7. Sergei added an extra performance of ‘Take Me To Church’ last night in the courtyard of Santa Maria Novella in Florence as a ‘thank you’ for the love he is getting there, especially from Florence. Videos can be found on Instagram showing his remarkable emotion, technique and stamina, and in the 40 degree heat. Ross Freddie Ray says ....
  10. Dansomanie announces Serguei Polunin as a guest for the next run of Swan Lake in Paris !
  11. Prob been mentioned elsewhere, but 'Dancer' film is on BBC2 tonight 11pm https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/tv-listings/?sd=22-09-2018 23:00
  12. This, google-translated: Sergei Polunin Ballet left and went to study acting in Hollywood 17: 3010.09.2014470870 The famous and well-known dancer in the world, the prime minister of the Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Ballet decided to leave and pursue an acting profession, he resigned from the State Theatre and was a guest soloist of the ballet troupe, told RIA Novosti CEO theater Ara Karapetyan. Sergei Polunin. archive photo © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Vyatkin | Buy graphic MOSCOW, Sept. 10 - RIA Novosti. The famous and well-known dancer in the world, the prime minister of the Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Ballet decided to leave and pursue an acting profession, he resigned from the State Theatre and was a guest soloist of the ballet troupe, told RIA Novosti CEO theater Ara Karapetyan. "Sergei decided to leave the ballet and pursue an acting career. He went to Hollywood, where he will learn in acting school. At 25 years old Sergei Polunin has achieved everything, what can only dream dancer, and decided to start a new life," - said Karapetyan. If something in Polunin goes wrong or he changes his mind and wants to come back again in the ballet, the way the director said, "the door of the Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko always open for him." Polunin was born in Kherson, and studied at the Kiev Ballet School. In 2003, at the age of 13 years with the support of Rudolf Nureyev, he went to London to study at the Royal Ballet School. At the end of the age of 17 joined the Royal Ballet, where at age 19 he became the youngest prime minister in its history. At 22, Polunin left London and returned to Russia, where the summer of 2012, he became Prime Minister of the Musical Theatre of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko. Polunin fulfilled almost all the leading roles in classical ballets. His work has received numerous awards and honors. RIA Novosti http://ria.ru/culture/20140910/1023547026.html#ixzz3CwZ87Zut
  13. I have just received the following email from the London Coliseum, which may interest some: We are delighted to share with you the news that Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin’s company, Project Polunin, will present a mixed programme of new and revived work at the London Coliseum from 5 – 10 December 2017. The programme will feature an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself. As an ENO Supporter, you are eligible for priority booking ahead of the general public – priority booking is now open. [obviously this email was addressed to me and I am a Friend of ENO... RSE] With Project Polunin, Sergei aims to create new dance and ballet works for both stage and film, through the collaboration between dancers, contemporary artists, musicians and choreographers from all creative backgrounds. Project Polunin will strive to make dance accessible to people of all ages and to inspire, nurture and support young people to be more creative. Full casting and details of the programme are to be announced later this year.
  14. Sundance Selects acquires ‘Dancer' http://www.screendaily.com/news/distribution/sundance-selects-acquires-dancer/5101172.article
  15. Osipova and Polunin are now being advertised as dancing at the World Trade Centre in Dubai on the 8th and 9th April 2016. The programme is said to include part of Paquita. and they are described as being from the Royal Ballet.
  16. Well I've seen a number of tweets which suggest he has joined the Stanislavsky Ballet...
  17. 13 Mar 2012 – 15 Mar 2012 Now with Putrov and Polunin joint-headlining, and a different cast and programme http://www.sadlerswe...n-Men-in-Motion Lifted straight from the website: "Following the sell-out run of Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion earlier this year, the former Royal Ballet Principal returns to Sadler’s Wells with an evening of works showcasing the athleticism and beauty of the male form in motion. For this exciting programme Putrov will be joined by some of the world’s finest dancers including Sergei Polunin (former Royal Ballet Principal), Tim Matiakis (Royal Ballet of Denmark), Clyde Archer and Isaac Montllor (Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza). The evening will include Nacho Duato’s modern trio Remanso and a new piece choreographed by Polunin himself. Also on the bill will be Leon Jacobson’s Vestris – a solo originally choreographed in 1969 for a young Mikhail Baryshnikov after he won the International Ballet Competition in Moscow. Other highlights include one of the most famous works ever created for the male dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky’s L'après-midi d'un faune set to Debussy’s beautiful music." (which involves half-a-dozen women, or should do, of course) Edit: clashes with BRB at the Coliseum, but coincides with a couple of "dead" nights at the ROH.
  18. This happened while ballet.co was taken down. I should love to hear from others who saw it and what they thought My local Odeon was almost full to capacity which cheered me not a little as it means they will go on showing ballet and of course added to the atmosphere. Beauty is not my favourite but I do appreciate its place in the classics and the RB repertoire. The advantages of watching from your local cinema are that you see a lot more of the mime in close up, you see the costumes in close up and you see the dancers facial expressions in close up. The disadvantages are that you do not always get a view of the whole stage when you would like it and even the smallest mistakes are highlighted In this particular performance of SB there were quite a few things to love. The mime was excellent, the new costumes exquisite and the views of the orchestra a bonus. I was however underwhelmed by some of the dancing. The corps were rather ragged at the beginning, as were some of the soloists. Poor Lauren missed some of her balances and made at least one uncontrolled landing as did the Bluebird I thought some of the camera angles did not help. Legs looked sturdy which I am sure they are not and we had more 'crotch' shots than were really necessary This performance was screened round the world and will be shown again in recording. Was it as polished as it should be?
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