Polunin shock resignation

Jan 26th, 2012 | By | Category: London News

Based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Royal Ballet is one of London’s most prestigious institutions and most exquisite shows to see whilst you are visiting. The company is better known for award winning performances such as Chroma, or classic ballet’s such as Sleeping Beauty, but over the past few days it has been attracting attention for more controversial reasons.


Ukrainian dancer, Sergei Polunin, made the company’s youngest ever principal at age 19, has resigned from the company in a sudden move, which has left his co-workers stunned. The only clue that he has another plan up his sleeve is an enigmatic tweet, sent just before he left stating ‘Just have to go through one more night! Then will make my next moves…’ The dancer had recently split up from his girlfriend, dancer Helen Crawford and there was speculation that this may be the reason behind his departure. Some ballet insiders said that Polunin wanted to join larger and more lucrative American dance companies and was frustrated by his contract. At just 21 years old and incredibly talented, the dancer could play a bit of a wild card at times. Polunin has a penchant for gangster movies and part owns of a tattoo parlour (The London Tattoo Company), so the reason behind his departure may simply be that he feels restless.


Aside from where Polunin will go next, the biggest question is The Royal Ballet’s next step. Apparently severing their ties with Polunin completely (his biography on their website simply says ‘no future performances’ rather ominously). He was due to dance the part of Oberon in Shakespeare re-imagining The Dream next week, which makes his departure even stranger. However, The Royal Ballet, being an eminently professional institution, have already filled the role and performances will go ahead as planned, much to the chagrin of Polunin’s fans. What Polunin himself will do next however, remains a mystery.

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