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Sergei Polunin

Dancer

Biography

Sergei Polunin in action.
Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin is a senior principal with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre and a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2007 as an Artist, promoted to Soloist, 2008, First Soloist, 2009 and Principal, 2010. He resigned from the Company in January 2012.

Polunin joined The Royal Ballet School in 2003 aged 13. His Royal Ballet repertory included roles in Dances at a Gathering and Rhapsody, Solor and Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), Des Grieux (Manon), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker and the Prince (The Nutcracker), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (Cinderella) and Lensky (Onegin). He created the role of Jack/Knave in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He returned to the Company as a Guest Artist in 2013 to dance Armand (Marguerite and Armand) with Tamara Rojo. Polunin's roles with the Stanislavsky Ballet have included Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), Frantz (Coppélia), Basil (Don Quixote), Solor and Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling). He is a permanent guest soloist with Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and has appeared around the world as a guest artist.

Polunin's many awards include gold medals in the Prix de Lausanne and the Sixth Lifar International Ballet Competition, Young British Dancer of the Year (2007), the Youth America Grand Prix (2007), Critics’ Circle Outstanding Male Performance – Classical and Rising Star (2009) and nominations for Critics' Circle Best Male Dancer (2010, 2011) and a Golden Mask (2014).

Videos

News and features

Cinema screenings of The Royal Ballet's Frederick Ashton Mixed Programme confirmed

Cinema screenings of The Royal Ballet's Frederick Ashton Mixed Programme confirmed

5 April 2013

UK audiences can relive Tamara Rojo's final ROH performance on 15 July.

The Royal Ballet dances Frederick Ashton in cinemas during summer 2013

The Royal Ballet dances Frederick Ashton in cinemas during summer 2013

23 February 2013

As our mixed programme comes to an end on stage we look ahead to a release in cinemas and on DVD.

Your reaction: Tamara Rojo's final performance with The Royal Ballet

Your reaction: Tamara Rojo's final performance with The Royal Ballet

22 February 2013

A selection of your tweets from the dancer's final performance with the Company.

Guest Artists for 2012/13 season announced

Guest Artists for 2012/13 season announced

19 July 2012

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin to return, Natalia Osipova to debut alongside Carlos Acosta.

Sergei Polunin leaves The Royal Ballet

Sergei Polunin leaves The Royal Ballet

24 January 2012

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

Cinema Season 2011/12 launched

Cinema Season 2011/12 launched

23 September 2011

A look at the new season broadcasting opera and ballet to 22 countries and over 700 cinemas.

Photos

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin and Carlos Acosta © ROH / Alistair Muir 2013

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sergei Polunin and Laura Morera in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sergei Polunin and Laura Morera in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sergei Polunin and Laura Morera in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand. ©ROH/Tristram Kenton 2012

Melissa Hamilton as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Sergei Polunin as The Prince in The Nutcracker. © ROH / Johan Persson 2011

Sergei Polunin as Albrecht in Giselle © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice, Sergei Polunin as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice and Sergei Polunin as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin in Theme and Variations © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Marianela Nuñez and Sergei Polunin in Ballo della Regina © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Marianela Nuñez and Sergei Polunin in Ballo della Regina © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin - A World Stage © ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin - A World Stage © ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in rehearsals for Marguerite and Armand © Andrej Uspenski 2013

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand and Gary Avis as the Duke in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Sergei Polunin as Lensky in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Sergei Polunin as Solor in La Bayadère © Bill Cooper/ROH 2008

Hikaru Kobayashi as Gamzatti and Sergei Polunin as Solor in La Bayadère © Bill Cooper/ROH 2008