Sergei Polunin / The bad boy of ballet to perform at London Palladium

The bad boy of ballet Sergei Polunin returns to London with a mixed programme of work at the Palladium.

Sergei Polunin and Johan Kobborg, both international ballet stars, will perform in a new programme of dance from 28 May until 1 June 2019.

The programme on 28, 29 and 30 May will feature three one-act ballets: Fraudulent Smile, Paradox and Sacré.

Fraudulent Smile is choreographed by Ross Freddie Ray to music by KROKE and will star Sergei Polunin and Johan Kobborg, with further casting to be announced.

Paradox is performed to music by Stravinsky (Soldier’s Tale) and Chopin and will star Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre first soloist Alexey Lyubimov and Belgrade National Theatre first soloist Dejan Kolarov.

Sacré is a piece of tanztheater set to Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring. It is a solo piece starring Sergei Polunin. Both Paradox and Sacré explore aspects of the life of famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in his 130th birthday year.

Paradox and Sacré have both been choreographed by Japanese dancer and choreographer Yuka Oishi.

The programme on 31 May and 1 June will feature the world premiere of Rasputin, with Sergei Polunin in the title role. The piece is also choreographed by Yuka Oishi with a new score by Russia’s most prominent representative of the neoclassical music scene, Kirill Richter.

The acclaimed dancer and now youtube sensation was the youngest ever dancer to become a Principal with The Royal Ballet. He has performed in Russia with the Stanislavsky Theatre and Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. His Take Me To Church video, directed by David LaChapelle, has now amassed nearly 20 million youtube views.

The final ballet will be announced at a later date.

Polunin, the sometimes troubled star, quit London’s Royal Ballet two years after having been promoted to Principal at the age of twenty – he was the youngest ever dancer to become a Principal with The Royal Ballet in London.

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📷 Main photo: Sergei Polunin in Fraudulent Smile, credit Alexey Kerkis

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