On December 21, 2020, viewers of the House of Music will take part in a chamber evening with Sergei Polunin.
The evening is based on a one-act performance - a monologue by SACRE, dedicated to the brilliant dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky to the music of I. Stravinsky.
“The desire to live by feelings, freeing from the dictates of reason is one of Nijinsky's mottos. He was not afraid to go against the rules in the name of art. He was completely devoted to this idea, says Sergei, and I also believe in a similar philosophy. A person who does not think, but who feels makes us go beyond what we know. And this is very close to me. Yuka Oishi, the choreographer of the performance, has created for me such a strong connection with Nijinsky that I feel his presence every time I dance in this performance. "
“I wanted to establish a spiritual connection between the dancer and the space in which he is, and therefore I decided to call the performance SACRE (sacred), because in French the words“ circle ”and“ sacred ”are consonant,” says Yuka Oishi.
The second part of the evening will be held in the form of a chamber conversation between Sergei and the audience about life, work, filming in films, charitable projects, plans for the future, the audience will have the opportunity to ask any question to one of the outstanding dancers of their time.
Sergei Polunin was born in Kherson, at the age of 13 he moved to London, where he studied at the Royal Ballet School. At 19 he became the youngest premiere in the history of the Royal Ballet of London. Having achieved incredible success on the London stage, Polunin came to Russia in 2012 and became the premier of the Moscow Musical Theater. Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko and a guest soloist of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater. Working in Russia, Polunin won the Best Dancer nomination at the Bolshoi Ballet All-Russian television competition on the Russia-Kultura TV channel. In 2014, he also received the Soul of Dance prize from the editorial board of Ballet magazine in the Star nomination, and in the same year he was nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Mask National Theater Award for his role as Prince Rudolph in Mayerling »Moscow Academic Musical Theater named after KS Stanislavsky and Vl. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko. Since 2016 Sergei has been a guest soloist with the Bavarian State Ballet.
Sergei Polunin is a recognized ballet dancer who combines the highest dance technique with flamboyant artistry. Some of his best roles, noted by both numerous critics and spectators, are Spartacus (ballet "Spartacus", choreography by Y. Grigorovich), Prince Rudolph (ballet "Mayerling" chorus. K. Macmillan), Count Albert ("Giselle" choir J. Coralli), Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew, choir John Cranco), Armand (Margarita and Armand choir F. Ashton), Franz (Coppelia, choir R. Petit).
Since 2016, Sergei begins to act in films. In 2017, the documentary The Dancer was released, which tells the story of his life as director Stephen Cantor. Sergei's films include Murder on the Orient Express directed by Kenneth Branagh, The Red Sparrow by Francis Lawrence, Rife Fiennes's biographical drama about Rudolf Nureyev, The White Crow. At the end of 2020, the premiere of the film by French director Daniel Arbid, marked by the Cannes Film Festival, in which Polunin starred, will take place.
In 2019, Sergey founds the Sergey Polunin Charitable Foundation in Russia, which aims to develop art and support talented children throughout Russia.