Jane Simpson

Sergei Polunin has resigned from the Royal Ballet

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I believe there was a dancer who had learned the role. I do not know why he was not used (but he would have been brilliant IMHO!).

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I believe there was a dancer who had learned the role. I do not know why he was not used (but he would have been brilliant IMHO!).

Perhaps high-powered stars demand high-powered stars as partners?

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Just when I thought the Polunin affair was old news, his name cropped up on Channel 4 News last night. The main thrust of the story was about Kevin O'Hare becoming the new RB director, but it was clear from what Mr O'Hare had to say that he took the Polunin resignation very seriously and is determined to to offer a better standard of pastoral care to sometimes emotionally vulnerable young dancers in the future.

The new director came across as very sincere in his concerns for the company members and I imagine the loss of Polunin must have had a devasting effect on the company's plans for the future. For all his faults, I am keen that a door is left open for him should he choose to return.

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