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Sergei Polunin leaves The Royal Ballet

Principal Sergei Polunin has resigned from The Royal Ballet with immediate effect.

By Royal Opera House

24 January 2012 at 6.14pm | 25 Comments

Dame Monica Mason announced this afternoon that Principal Sergei Polunin has resigned from The Royal Ballet with immediate effect.

Born in the Ukraine, Sergei joined The Royal Ballet in 2007 from The Royal Ballet School. He rose rapidly through the ranks and was promoted to Principal at the end of the 2009/10 season aged just 19.

Speaking about the announcement, Monica Mason said:

“This has obviously come as a huge shock, Sergei is a wonderful dancer and I have enjoyed watching him tremendously, both on stage and in the studio, over the past few years. I wish him every success in the future.”

You can watch videos featuring Sergei and Royal Ballet Principals including Rupert Pennefather, Sarah Lamb and Lauren Cuthbertson on our YouTube channel.

 

 

By Royal Opera House

24 January 2012 at 6.14pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, Dance, Dancer, resignation, Royal Ballet, Sergei Polunin

This article has 25 comments

  1. oh dear what wil happen now to shows already booked?? sad loss

  2. Alex Whittaker responded on 24 January 2012 at 7:11pm Reply

    I can't belive he's gone, I really enjoyed watching him in 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland'.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 24 January 2012 at 8:20pm

      We will be in touch with more news as soon as we have it.

      Best

      Ellen
      Online Content Manager

  3. jamie neale responded on 24 January 2012 at 9:48pm Reply

    nooo way, i loved him in alice in wonderland, whos going to place his role for this years show !!!!!

  4. Lynda Hillyer responded on 24 January 2012 at 9:52pm Reply

    do we know why? He is such a bright star with an incredible future ahead of him. It sounds such a sudden decision

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 24 January 2012 at 10:05pm

      We don't know any more details yet but we'll share cast changes and other news as soon as we can.

  5. Alastair Broadley responded on 24 January 2012 at 11:09pm Reply

    The best of luck to him.

  6. Martin Peters responded on 25 January 2012 at 6:57am Reply

    An incredible piece of news. He was truly one of the jewels in the ROH crown and I have really enjoyed watching him these past couple of years. A very great loss for us all. But above all I wish him well and hope he will be happy.

  7. Patrick John Gordon Shaw responded on 25 January 2012 at 7:02am Reply

    Very good luck to him in the future. He has given audiences here SUCH pleasure. One hopes he will return as a Guest Artist before long.

  8. Roger Oates responded on 25 January 2012 at 8:46am Reply

    What said news. But send him good wishes for a successful future. The pressure and expectation he's been under since he was 13 has been immense a break almost seems inevitable. Elite artists like sportsmen needs space away from public attention and I've always felt he never had it or been given the chance to fail in private. A time away might just be what he needs to grow and come back a stronger person and performer.

  9. Carol Piper responded on 25 January 2012 at 9:41am Reply

    Although it is disappointing, there are many wonderful dancers in the company who can easily take over his role.

  10. I am going to see The Dream on the 9th. So, one wonders who will beCojucaru partner. Sorry to hear about Polunin resigned but the show must go on. I hope this could be an opportunity for a new comer to step in.

    • Jeanne-Marie responded on 25 January 2012 at 4:00pm

      so am I. What a shame! Such a lovely dancer. Read and today's Telegraph he was thinking of opening a tattoo parlor, j'espere que c'est une plaisaanterie!

  11. Reiner Hecken responded on 25 January 2012 at 2:40pm Reply

    I feel sorry for Alina Cojocaru only 1 week to go . I have tickets for the 1 feb and wonder who is going to be her Partner

  12. Valerie Knight responded on 25 January 2012 at 4:24pm Reply

    I agree with most of the comments above especially Roger Oates. Sergei is such a talented dancer it would be a shame if he gave it up altogether. I have enjoyed all the performances I have seen especially as Des Grieux with Lauren Cuthbertson and in Marguerite and Armand with Tamara Roho. I wish him good luck and happiness in the future.

  13. Valerie Knight responded on 25 January 2012 at 4:32pm Reply

    Sergei is such a talented dancer it would be a shame if he gave it up altogether. I have enjoyed all his performances I have seen especially as Des Grieux and as Armand. I wish him a happy and successful future.

  14. Sandi responded on 26 January 2012 at 8:44am Reply

    Live your own life Sergei - and experience all the things you have not had the chance to see or do. There is more to life than sacrificing all for ballet . You have already lost your teenage years to hard work and training - Go live your other dreams :)

  15. Bob Clifford responded on 26 January 2012 at 2:11pm Reply

    Very unexpected. Sergei is an exceptional dancer who I have seen perform many times and I am sure he will be greatly missed by the everyone at The Royal Ballet. I just hope that maybe he will realise he has made a mistake and will quickly return.

  16. Ernest Israel responded on 26 January 2012 at 4:38pm Reply

    Go Sergei go...find your other you..and when you do, experience it and enjoy it as you do dance..and when you're ready come back...you will be mised

  17. Rachel Miller responded on 26 January 2012 at 7:09pm Reply

    So sad to hear this but I hope he is happy with whatever he decides to do with his life now. He will be very missed as a dancer.

  18. I would like to express a slightly different view.

    Sometimes if it all comes too easy, too early, it is not always appreciated. It is easier to throw it away. I would like to praise the RB dancers who worked hard and long to be appreciated and have their artistry understood.

    Am I allowed to name names? I know who I would love to dance Romeo.

    I thank SP for his work and wish him well.

  19. leon samoorian responded on 27 January 2012 at 3:37am Reply

    You ARE ballet. Only your passion could have brought you this far.
    Do not abandon it. If you need time...take it. But do not abandon your passion.

  20. Unbelievable!! He will be very missed as a dancer!

  21. Sandra S responded on 8 February 2012 at 4:17pm Reply

    Sergei, come back!!!!!!!!! You are not only a dancer, you are an angel on stage. I need to know when or where you will be performing next!!! Please, where can we follow your career? Your biggest Colombian fan from Germany!

  22. Maggie Hobbs responded on 13 April 2012 at 6:36pm Reply

    What a shock! I've only just read this as I've been away - I had a ticket for Romeo & Juliet last month but gave it to a friend - she didn't say anything!!!!!

    Where is he?

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