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Sergei Polunin
Sergei Polunin Foundation
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Sergei Polunin

Company: Sergei Polunin Foundation
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture

Having previously danced with distinguished companies in both London and Moscow, ballet dancer Sergei Polunin now performs around the world with leading ballet companies. Since his rise through the ranks of ballet (becoming a Principal Dancer at the young age of 19) Sergei’s ballet credits have included: Dances at a Gathering and Rhapsody, Solor and Bronze Idol (La Bayadere), Des Grieux (Manon), the Prince (The Nutcracker), (Cinderella)(Sleeping beauty)(Giselle) theme &Variations Simphony in C and Lensky (Onegin). For the Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow, Sergei’s roles include; Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albrecht (Giselle), Frantz (Coppelia), Basil (Don Quixote), Solor and Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling). Sergei was premier dancer of Royal Opera House (London, UK), Mariinsky and Bolshoy Theatre ((Russia), Then, by invitation of Igor Zelensky, he has also worked with Stanislavsky Theatre (Moscow) and State Ballet Theatre of Novosibirsk and Munich State Opera Theatre (Germany).

Not only has Sergei excelled in the world of dance, he has expanded into the realm of acting, film and other creative endeavours. In 2018 he will be seen in Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow. Based on the true story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West, Sergei will play Yuri Soloviev. This year will also see Sergei play a supporting role in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. In the year prior, Sergei made his on-screen debut in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express with a cast that included Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Sergei was more recently seen featuring in Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.

Last year, Sergei's story was made the subject of documentary feature film Dancer. The film focused on Sergei’s beginnings and chartered his rise in the world of ballet. The documentary is book-ended with Sergei's "Take Me To Church" video, directed by David LaChapelle, which has now amassed over 23 million views. In June, Sergei and renowned photographer Rankin collaborated to produce the dance video ‘Sergei x Rankin’ set to a sound track of art-rock trio ‘Husky Loop’. Creative collaboration is at the heart of much of Sergei's passion and working with world-renowned photographers is very much core to this. Over the last few years, this has resulted in projects with David La Chapelle, Mario Sorrenti, Bruce Weber, Bryan Adams, Gosha Rubchinsky, Albert Watson, Jacob Sutton, Rankin, Gus Van Sant, David Sims.

Sergei has recently opened the ‘Sergei Polunin Foundation’; a charitable body dedicated to finding young and under-privileged individuals and providing them access to a professional dance education and to encourage and develop creativity. The mission of the foundation is to expand ballet and dance to a wider audience, whilst honouring traditional ballet and combining it with the most cutting-edge approach. Further, the charity aims to build unique ballet schools in order to encourage and train future choreographers and dancers and to create an international union and representation agency to support and protect dancers within the industry.