The full cast has been announced for Sergei Polunin’s new mixed programme at the London Palladium from 28 May to 1 June 2019.
Programme 1: 28, 29, 30 May
Programme 2: 31 May & 1 June
Sergei Polunin - Grigori Rasputin
Johan Kobborg - Prince Felix Yusupov (31 May)
Semyon Velichko - Prince Felix Yusupov (1 June)
Alexey Lyubimov - Tsar Nicholas II
Elena Ilinykh - Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna
Djorjde Kalenic - Tsesarevich Alexey
Polunin is also delighted to announce that haute couturist, Ulyana Sergeenko, will be designing the costumes for the world premiere of Rasputin. Her gowns have been worn by Madonna, Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Rihanna, to name a few.
Fraudulent Smile is choreographed by Ross Freddie Ray to music by KROKE. Paradox and Sacré have both been choreographed by Japanese dancer and choreographer Yuka Oishi. Paradox is performed to music by Stravinsky (Soldier’s Tale) and Chopin. Sacré is a piece of tanztheater set to Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring. Both Paradox and Sacré explore aspects of the life of famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in his 130th birthday year, with Sacré reinterpreting his infamous ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, originally created for Ballets Russes in 1913. The ballets are inspired by Nijinsky’s demand for a “feeling, not thinking Human”, by masterpieces of the Art Brut - the movement of the outsider art, by the essence of rebellion.
The world premiere of Rasputin is also choreographed by Yuka Oishi, with a new score by Russia’s most prominent representative of the neoclassical music scene, Kirill Richter, and set design by Otto Bubenicek. Rasputin, a two-act dance drama, explores the life of the Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II.
28 May – 1 June 2019
London W1F 7LA
Running time for Programmes 1 & 2: 90 minutes (including interval)
Performances: Tuesday-Saturday at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2:30pm
Tickets: from £20 (subject to booking fees)
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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), Sergei Polunin is 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, and he can currently be seen in Ralph Fiennes’s The White Crow, based on the true story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West.
Johan Kobborg has had a distinguished career as a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet and as a guest with most major companies around the world. He gained huge critical acclaim for his dance-acting ability, particularly in roles such as Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin and Albrecht in Peter Wright’s production of Giselle. More recently, he has choreographed for the Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Zurich Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet. From December 2013 until April 2016, Kobborg was Artistic Director of the Romanian National Ballet, where he expanded the company’s repertoire to include works never before seen in Romania by Frederick Ashton, Jiri Kylian, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, George Balanchine, Jerome Robins and Kenneth MacMillan. In December 2017, Kobborg created a brand new production of Don Quixote for the Leonid Yacobson Ballet in St Petersburg which garnered huge critical success and received seven Golden Mask nominations in Russia.
Elena Ilinykh was born in Aktau (Kazakhstan) and raised in Moscow. She was Olympic Champion 2014 in team figure skating and Bronze medal winner in ice dancing. In addition, she was two-time Silver medallist (2013, 2014) and Bronze medallist (2012) of the European Championships, and was World Junior champion 2010, Silver medallist of the Grand Prix Final among Juniors 2009, and Champion of Russia In 2015, three-time Silver medallist (2012, 2013, 2014) and Bronze medallist (2011) of the Russian Championships. She was awarded the Order of Friendship (Russian national award) for her great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, and for high sports achievements at the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi.
Alexey Lyubimov is a Soloist at Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. Alexey graduated from the Perm State Ballet School in 1999 and joined the Stanislavsky Ballet company as principal dancer in 2000. Alexey is the only Soloist in the Company to have been chosen for the leading part in all three of John Neumeier’s productions with the Stanislavsky Ballet: The Seagull (2007), The Little Mermaid (2011) and Tatiana (2014). As a guest soloist with other companies, he performed the parts of Ivan in Ivan the Terrible, Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and many more. In 2017, he was awarded the Russian Ballet Magazine’s ‘Soul of the Dance’ Award. He danced in the ballet production Satori with Sergei Polunin in 2017/ 2018 and Isadora in 2018.
Dejan Kolarov was born in 1981 in Zrenjanin, where he attended ballet school. Dejan moved to Belgrade to attend the national ballet high school, Lujo Davičo. In 2008, he was appointed Soloist at the Theatre Augsburg in Germany. In 2010, he returned to the Belgrade National Theatre and was soon promoted to the first Soloist. He has performed a number of major and solo roles in classical, neoclassical and contemporary performances. He was a dancer in K.P.G.T, and performed at the Madlenianum. He has worked with many domestic and foreign choreographers in Serbia and abroad, and has also been the guest dancer and assistant to various choreographers. In 2015, he debuted as director and choreographer with The Bold Singer (E. Jonesko) at the Belgrade National Theatre. His artistic achievements have been recognised with national awards. He danced in Satori ballet with Sergei Polunin in 2017.
Dorde Kalenic was born in 2004. Dorde practised gymnastics from the age of seven to ten, as well as athletics from ten to eleven.
Semyon Velichko was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. He graduated Novosibirsk State Choreographic School and joined Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. Semyon’s dance career was growing rapidly. After only a few months of dancing with the company, he started performing principal roles – The Prince in The Nutcracker and Albrecht in Giselle with legendary prima ballerina Alina Cojocaru. After those successful performances he started to dance principal roles in all the company’s ballet productions. From 2011, Semyon was invited by Igor Zelensky to be a principal dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. In 2015, he joined Dutch National Ballet. Principal roles include Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in Coppelia, James in La Sylphide, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Mizgir in The Snow Maiden, Phoebus in Esmeralda, Solor, Golden Idol in La Bayadere, Prince in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Lankedem in Le Corsaire, the young man in Les Sylphides, and Genaro in Napoli. He also dances main roles in neoclassical and contemporary productions such as The First Flash by Yorma Elo, Sleepless, Wing of Wax, Petit Mort by Jiri Kylian, Lensky in Tatiana by Neumeier, Des Grieux in Manon by MacMillan, Apollo by Balanchine, Who Cares? by Balanchine, Whispers in the Dark by E.Liang, 5 Tangos, Two Gold Variation by H.van Manen.
Liam Morris is from Melbourne, Australia and trained at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet under the direction of Christine Walsh and Ricardo Ella and later at the English National Ballet School. In 2014, he joined the Bucharest National Opera as a First Artist under the direction of Johan Kobborg. Here, Liam’s repertoire included Manon (Lescaut, Dancing Gent), La Fille Mal Gardée (Widow Simone, Alain), Concerto DSCH (3 couples), The Dream (Bottom, Demetrius), Petite Mort (1st couple, 2nd couple), Mayerling Excerpt (Bratfisch) and Fraudulent Smile (Group). In 2016, Liam went on to join Northern Ballet Company under the direction of David Nixon and then, in 2018, moved on to join the Estonian National Ballet under the direction of Toomas Edur, where he is currently a member of the corps de ballet.
Ionut-Andrei Dinita has been Soloist Dancernat Slovensko Narodno Gledališče (SNG) in Maribor, Slovenia under the direction of Edward Clug since 2017. From 2016 to 2017, he was in the Corps de Ballet at National Opera of Bucharest, Romania. In 2018, he performed at Dance Open in Russia, dancing Hill Harper’s Dream by Edward Clug and Left Right Left Right by Alexander Ekman, and at Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro in Bogotá. In Colombia, he danced Clug’s Stabat Mater and, in 2017, Festival of the Aegean in Siros, Greece, dancing the Diana & Acteon pas de deux and Pizzicato Polka. In 2017, he appeared in Gala Ballet Stars TNB Bucharest, Romania, dancing the third act pas de deux from Swan Lake.
Chloe Reveillon studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School before joining the Royal Ballet Upper School in London. In 2013, she started working as a professional dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. After being offered a contract at the grand audition, Chloe joined the Mariinsky Theatre in September 2018. Her repertoire includes Giselle, Peasant pas de deux, Don Quixote, Kitri’s friends, Paquita’s friends, Jewels, Emeralds pas de trois, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, third shade, Le Corsaire, Odalisques trio, Symphony in C, two couples, Nutcracker, two snowflakes, La Sylphide pas de deux, Black Swan pas de deux, White Swan pas de deux, Le Corsaire pas de deux.
Oscar Ward was born in Nottingham. He trained at the Royal Ballet School as an associate before joining Ballet West, Scotland. During his time at Ballet West, he was a finalist for the BBC Young Dancer competition. Oscar joined the Romanian National Ballet in 2017 and has since been performing as a soloist. He has worked with choreographers such as Stanislav Fečo, Vasily Medvedev, Renato Zanella and Davide Bombana. Some of his repertoire includes Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty by Vasily Medvedev & Stanislav Fečo, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet by Renato Zanella, pas de trois in Swan Lake by Gheorge Iancu, Golden Idol in La Bayadère by Mihai Babuşka, and The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker by Oleg Danovsky. As well as Romania, Oscar has also performed in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. This will be his first time performing at the London Palladium.
LAURINE CHRISTIANE COLETTE
Laurine Christiane Colette, a French/San Marino dancer, studied at the San Marino Academy Ballet and the Rosella Hightower School in Cannes before joining the Royal Ballet Lower School in London in 2010. She was awarded the Phyllis Bedells Bursary in 2012 and progressed to the Royal Ballet Upper School, performing with the Royal Ballet company in a range of productions including Peter and the Wolf, Manon and The Nutcracker. Subsequently, Laurine danced with The National Ballet of Ireland and ABT Studio Company. More recently, she joined Antwerp-based Ballet Vlaanderen, where her repertoire includes B.R.I.S.A (Johan Inger), JOY (Alexander Ekman), Fall (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui), Martha Graham – Chronicles and Akram Khan’s acclaimed adaptation of Giselle.
Yuka Oishi trained at the School of Hamburg Ballet and proceeded to join the Hamburg Ballet as an apprentice in 2002, joining the company officially in 2003. In 2010, she was promoted to soloist and, in 2012, she choreographed Renku with Orkan Dann for the Hamburg Ballet, for which she received the Rolf-Mares-Prize for outstanding creation of the year. Yuka now works as a freelance dancer and choreographer.
English dancer and choreographer Ross Freddie Ray trained at the Royal Ballet School and left early in 2014 to join the National Opera House of Romania under the Direction of Johan Kobborg, where he remained until 2018. His repertoire as a dancer includes Tybalt in MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, the principle role in Renato Zanella’s Bolero and Le Sacre du Printemps and La Sylphide by Johan Kobborg. In 2018, he formed the production company RFR Productions that creates new work and sponsor shows throughout Romania.
Over the last two years, pianist and composer Kirill Richter has performed at the most prestigious concert venues of Moscow and Europe. This year, Kirill makes his momentous debuts at the illustrious Royal Albert Hall and the famous Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.
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