Royal Ballet News | Sergei Polunin resigns

January 24, 2012

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Royal Ballet News | Sergei Polunin resigns

two ballet dancers on stage

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

A statement from The Royal Ballet

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, tremendously over the past few years. I wish him every success in the future.”

Polunin joins ex-Royal Ballet dancer Ivan Putrov

Polunin will dance with ex-Royal Ballet principal Ivan Putrov at Sadlers Wells in Men in Motion from Friday 27th January. Plans are underway to replace him in The Dream and other roles he has been rehearsing at The Royal Ballet.

Watch Sergei Polunin dance Johan Kobborg’s superlative Les Lutins in Cuba (unfortunately no footage of the original cast has been made public, which included Steven McRae who was replaced by James Hay as the company were touring Cuba at the time of the Swine Flu epidemic)

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