World-famous Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin, the youngest ever dancer to become a Principal with The Royal Ballet, presents Project Polunin – Satori, a very special mixed programme of new and revived work at the London Coliseum.
Satori is a Japanese Buddhist term for a “sudden awakening” or “enlightenment” which is discovered through personal experience. For Sergei Polunin, Satori represents his personal journey to reconnect with his love for dance and passion for the arts.
The company will feature an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself, and plays for a limited West End season this December.
Project Polunin – Satori opens with First Solo, choreographed by Andrey Kaydanovskiy and starring solely Polunin. Kaydanovskiy is currently a demi soloist at the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper, where he has also worked as a choreographer, and in 2016 he received the prestigious German Dance Prize (Deutscher Tanzpreis).
This is followed by the London premiere of the most complete version of Kasyan Goleizovsky’s ballet suite, Scriabiniana, with music by Alexander Scriabin, backed by a full orchestra to mark Goleizovsky’s 125th birthday anniversary. Renowned innovator and choreographer, Goleizovsky (1892-1970), was a pupil of Fokine and Gorsky and was hailed as Balanchine’s main inspiration; see below for full star-studded casting.
Finally, the world premiere of Satori is choreographed by Sergei Polunin, with direction by Gabriel Marcel del Vecchio and an original score by German-born Lorenz Dangel, who has won multiple awards for his film scores.
Having starred in the Royal Ballet at the tender age of 19, Sergei Polunin spent four years in the company, before going on to perform in Russia with the Stanislavsky Theatre and Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Earlier this year, Sergei’s story was made the subject of documentary feature film Dancer produced by Gabrielle Tana, and he will star in the new Kenneth Branagh film adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express this Christmas.
Project Polunin aims to convey the joy of dance through theatre, live broadcast, film, social media platforms and virtual reality, and, by collaborating with dancers, filmmakers, musicians, writers and artists, to create new works that will reflect our times as well as preserving and celebrating the history of classical dance. Project Polunin will strive to demonstrate the unifying power of dance.
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