Ballet star Sergei Polunin will present a new mixed programme at The London Palladium featuring an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself.
Since his rise through the ranks of ballet – becoming a Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet at the age of 19 and, at the invitation of Igor Zelensky (Ballet Director at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich), now also Guest Principal at Staatsballett in Munich – Sergei has sought to expand into the realm of acting and other creative endeavours. Sergei’s story was made the subject of the documentary feature film Dancer. He made his on-screen acting debut in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, followed by Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.
Sergei’s Take Me To Church video, directed by David LaChapelle and set to the music of Hozier, has now amassed over 26 million views.
Sergei will perform alongside International Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg and other international cast members in a new mixed programme from 28 May to 1 June 2019. Programme 1 will run from 28th – 30th May and will feature three one-act ballets: Fraudulent Smile, Paradox and Sacré. On the 31st May and 1st June Programme 2 will feature the world premiere of Rasputin.
Fraudulent Smile is choreographed by Ross Freddie Ray to music by KROKE and will star Polunin and Johan Kobborg. Japanese dancer and choreographer Yuka Oishi has choreographed Paradox, starring Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre first soloist Alexey Lyubimov and Belgrade National Theatre first soloist Dejan Kolarov. Oishi has also choreographed Sacré - a piece of tanztheater set to Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring, and Rasputin. Sacré is a solo piece starring Sergei Polunin himself and Rasputin features a cast including Polunin and will explore the life of the Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II.
Access description: From entrance foyer to Stalls: Up 3 steps, down 12 steps. Down ramped corridor to auditorium. To Royal Circle: Up 26 steps to auditorium, then down steps towards front row (potentially 20 steps). To Upper Circle: 47 steps to bar, further steps depending on seat location.
Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with 30 headsets. Induction loop at box office.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs allowed into the auditorium in aisle seats and boxes only. Staff available to dog-sit.
Disabled Access: Press intercom on box office door for ramped. Alternative entrance off Ramillies Place, at the back of the theatre – please notify the Palladium host in advance. No steps to back of Stalls, although the auditorium is on a fairly steep rake. 4 spaces for wheelchair users at L46, O48, Q48 and S49. Companions can sit in same row. Transfer seating available to aisle seats. Chairlift from Box Office to Stalls available.
Toilets: 15 steps up from the foyer to the women’s and men’s, or 12 steps down from the main entrance to Stalls toilets.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted WC on the right inside Ramillies Place entrance, near rear of Stalls.
Limited Mobility: Access guides, large print programmes, braille cast lists, talking programmes and touch tours. Please speak to customer services.