Sergie Polunin shares his inner world as he tells the story of his childhood, dance, and family life. To become one of the most interesting dancer in the world, he sacrifices his childhood. He dreams of a childhood playing with friends and being free. He’s an accomplished dancer, but that’s not freedom. To be free, he has to give it all up. And rediscover it on his own terms. Sergei Polunin dances with power and emotion. Through dance, he lets out his yearnings, struggles, and in the process, creates intriguing art.
Sergie Polunin in “Take Me to Church” by Hozier and directed by David LaChapelle is divine. He portrays the pain and struggle of Hozier’s song through his movements. Technically and effortlessly precise, he moves through space with passion and intensity. He captivates and makes one feel. He starts moving and one doesn’t want him to stop. He is everything.
Polina Semionova flies through the air and takes us with her. She creates shapes and movement through space, and shows us a full range of emotions. She’s powerful, dynamic, and vulnerable. Beautiful!
Ballet features the beauty of the body, specifically the female one. Dancers spend hours in studio to perfect their technique and artistry. Nancy Raffa, ballet master from the American Ballet Theatre, talks about the Shostakovich’s influence on Russian ballet as Alexei Ratmansky presents the Shostakovich Trilogy. Music, movement, and artistic expression combine to create poetry.