Even if you’re not into ballet, you’ve certainly heard of this guy. Sergei Vladimirovich Polunin. The enfant terrible of ballet scene. The Ukranian-born ballet dancer, who has been dancing since he was 4, joined the British Royal Ballet School, one of the world’s greatest centres of classical ballet training, at the age of 13. In 2010, at the age of 20, he became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer. Due to his disagreement with the Royal Ballet, Polunin in protest left the ballet company with famous words »the artist in me was dying« and focused on a freelance career. At the moment he is the greatest ballet dancer alive and often compared to the eternal Rudolf Nurejev.
Polunin became worldwide famous through his collaboration with Hozier’s music video “Take me to Church”, directed by David LaChapelle. The ballet sensation is bringing his world-famous ballet moves with solo performance Sacré to Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana. Japanese dancer Yuka Oishi choreographed the solo with a new interpretation of the iconic ballet “Le Sacre du printemps” on Igor Stravinski partitur.
Polunin’s performance is coming to Cankarjev dom’s Gallus Hall today and tomorrow evening. The tickets have been sold out for months already. Cankarjev dom, for two days becoming a church of Polunin’s worshippers, will certainly be one of Slovenia’s main artistic events of the year if not of the decade. Cankarjev dom with hosting events of such high value and recognition furtherly re-affirms its position as one of the main cultural and congress centres in Europe not just by size but also by its impact.