Sergei Polunin has resigned from the Royal Ballet
Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:03 AM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:50 PM
What makes ballet’s rebel run, by Julie Kavanagh[/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Magazine: The Economist's Intelligent Life[/font][/size]
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:51 PM
I couldn't help noticing too that the 'straw that broke the camel's back' at the Royal was a rehearsal with Cojocaru...The article implies Cojocaru is not herself easy to work--by all accounts neither is Polunin and...uh...neither was Kirkland--but the episode does suggest that even pairing Polunin with the best of the best ballerinas did not solve his problems with partnerships at the Royal. (This last issue was raised earlier in the discussion concerning the complex of motives that may have caused him to leave the company.)
The article indicates a potential happy ending at the Stanislavsky where Zelensky seems to be both a mentor and a rather clever boss (setting up a contract in which particular plums Polunin wants depend on his behaving a certain way). Though Kavanaugh is decidedly skeptical re the potential partnership with Shapran.
Still, I write entirely as an outsider to any real experience of Polunin's talent. And I am rather curious what Royal Ballet watchers and admirers of Polunin thought about the Kavanaugh article ...
Edited to add that Kavanaugh represents Polunin as saying that certain things he said at the time of his departure from the Royal were deliberate mystifications, which also makes it all the more difficult to evaluate anything he says about himself in this interview or anywhere else.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:35 AM
I was cheered by the reference that he has a good relationship with Kevin O'Hare and hope that he can eventually get back to the RB even if infrequently, as his loss has been a severe blow to the company: it has few glittering gems these days and to lose one of those few was a catastrophe.
Slightly off topic, but a dance writer unaware of Zelensky's physical appearance rather worried me, shouldn't someone writing about the art of ballet be familiar with all the art's most famous performers?
Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:49 AM
I couldn't help noticing too that the 'straw that broke the camel's back' at the Royal was a rehearsal with Cojocaru...The article implies Cojocaru is not herself easy to work--by all accounts neither is Polunin and...uh...neither was Kirkland--but the episode does suggest that even pairing Polunin with the best of the best ballerinas did not solve his problems with partnerships at the Royal.
That tidbit in the story about working with Cojocaru in The Dream explains why Marcelo Gomes was brought in as a substitute. It seemed odd to me at the time to bring him in for just one performance. Gomes has a reputation as being a great partner, including as a last-minute substitute, and he knew the role from his performances with ABT. It's interesting that Royal Ballet did not have any male substitutes on their own roster:
Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:08 AM
Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:54 AM
Perhaps high-powered stars demand high-powered stars as partners?
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!).
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:28 AM
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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