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London's loss is Novosibrisk's gain as ballet star Polunin performs at Russia's largest theatre

By The Siberian Times reporter
17 May 2013

The 22 year has twice walked out of Britain, while this is the third time in his rollercoaster year that he has gone on to perform in Siberia.

Last year Polunin quit London's world famous Covent Garden theatre citing a lack of respect and support from his British producers. Picture: Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

One of the world's most sought-after dancers, Polunin tonight plays Count Albert in Giselle at the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Last year he quit London's world famous Covent Garden theatre citing a lack of respect and support from his British producers. 

Then in April the Ukrainian ballet prodigy walked out of rehearsals for Midnight Express directed by Peter Schaufuss at the London Coliseum. The show went on to receive mixed reviews without Polunin, with The Independent newspaper complaining of 'dreadful choreography'.

Since then Polunin has been back at the Stanislavskiy and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Moscow, starring in Don Quixote and also Mayerling.

Igor Zelensky is artistic director of both the Stanislavskiy and the Novosibirsk ballet. 

Ahead of a previous appearance in Novosirbirsk, Polunin ridiculed Westerners who 'think that Siberia is just snow and nothing else'.

Sergei Polunin by B.Adams

Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre

London's loss is Novosibrisk's gain as top ballet star Sergei Polunin performs Friday at Russia's largest theatre. Picture: The Siberian Times

'You get here - and there is such life, such energy here', Polunin said of Novosibirsk. 

'There are restaurants here that are much cooler than Western ones. There are party places that would have very surprised many of my European and American colleagues. 

'It's beautiful here, and very fresh air. You feel the same energy as in Moscow, New York or London'.

Comments (2)

Sergey is gorgeous, I watched him performing in London, its beyond me why he was allowed to quit
Barbara , London UK
17/05/2013 17:57
So wanna see him on stage! Lucky you, Siberians!
kate, Russia
17/05/2013 17:36

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