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Sergei Polunin

Former Royal Ballet dancer

Biography

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

Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin is 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 in 2008, First Soloist in 2009 and Principal in 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. After leaving The Royal Ballet Polunin went on to dance with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre, where his roles included Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), Frantz (Coppélia), Basil (Don Quixote), Solor and Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling). He has also 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). In 2017 he starred in Steven Cantor’s film Dancer.

Videos

News and features

Cast confirmation: Vladimir Shklyarov to dance in <em>Marguerite and Armand</em> on 5 and 10 June 2017

Cast confirmation: Vladimir Shklyarov to dance in Marguerite and Armand on 5 and 10 June 2017

25 May 2017

A cast change has been announced for upcoming performances of a mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton.

How Fonteyn and Nureyev's electric partnership turned <em>Marguerite and Armand</em> into a ballet icon

How Fonteyn and Nureyev's electric partnership turned Marguerite and Armand into a ballet icon

24 May 2017

The pair's unique chemistry elevated Ashton's ballet to the point it became sacred to other dancers – only recently has that begun to change.

Cast confirmation: Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle and Sergei Polunin return to dance in <em>Marguerite and Armand</em> in June 2017

Cast confirmation: Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle and Sergei Polunin return to dance in Marguerite and Armand in June 2017

11 April 2017

Former dancers and guest artists of The Royal Ballet return to Covent Garden as part of a mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton.

Photos

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in rehearsals for Marguerite and Armand

Melissa Hamilton as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Sergei Polunin as The Prince in The Nutcracker.

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Hikaru Kobayashi as Gamzatti and Sergei Polunin as Solor in La Bayadère

Sergei Polunin and Laura Morera in Rhapsody

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand.

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice and Sergei Polunin as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Sergei Polunin and Laura Morera in Rhapsody

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite and Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Sergei Polunin as Solor in La Bayadère

Marianela Nuñez and Sergei Polunin in Ballo della Regina

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice, Sergei Polunin as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sergei Polunin in Theme and Variations

Sergei Polunin - A World Stage

Sergei Polunin - A World Stage

Sergei Polunin

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Tamara Rojo as Marguerite, Sergei Polunin as Armand and Gary Avis as the Duke in Marguerite and Armand

Sergei Polunin as Lensky in Onegin

Marianela Nuñez and Sergei Polunin in Ballo della Regina

Sergei Polunin and Laura Morera in Rhapsody

Sergei Polunin in Rhapsody

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call

Tamara Rojo taking her final curtain call with Sergei Polunin and Carlos Acosta

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand