A season for dance

For ballet lovers, Christmas is often a time of indulgence, with a lot of dance companies putting up festive shows. In Athens,  The Nutcracker is on at the Megaron, one of our opera houses, featuring principal dancers from the Bolshoi.

I do not consider myself a connaisseur of ballet but, as most people, I do love a performance by an outstanding artist.

 

Laura Morera and Sergei Polunin at the Royal Ballet Triple Rhapsody at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Source:Google

 

Some years ago, I watched Baryshnikov dance at the ancient  Herodion Atticus theatre in Athens, on a moonlit summer night. To see him literally flying across that stage was a breathtaking spectacle, and I’ve not seen a male dancer of that caliber since.

So when I came across this video of Sergei Polunin, performing in a barn to the sounds of the song ‘Take me to church’, I thought I’d post it here as a little Christmas gift for all you ballet lovers out there.

 

 

Sergei Polunin was born in the Ukraine and started dancing at age three, pushed by his mother who hoped it would be a way for him to escape their difficult existence. The pressure put upon him by his extraordinary talent made for many ups and downs in his life, including quitting the Royal Ballet at just 21, despite having had the best roles laid at his feet. Fortunately, after trying different things such as acting, he always seems to return to ballet.

The ‘Take me to Church’ video went viral, but it is a showy piece of work for someone who is, above all, a true purist of classical dance. That is why I am also posting a more conventional clip of him dancing in Swan Lake.

 

Enjoy.

 

15 thoughts on “A season for dance

  1. Marina – thank you most sincerely for the Yule gift of these two videos. I fell in love with classical ballet at the age of six when my parents took me to see ‘Swan Lake’ – I believe I ‘refused’ to leave the theatre calling out ‘more’ and that has never stopped. Polunin is new to me: what wonderful light legwork. Oh ‘Swan Lake’ still charms as an old friend but his ‘Take me to Church’ will be watched over and over . . . .

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  2. I’m not a ballet fan, but I did enjoy the clip from Swan Lake. Katechiconi said he looked as if he had power and energy in reserve, but he’s still got a lot of dancing to do. Pacing yourself when you’re dancing a complete ballet is not the same as giving everything in three minutes.

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  3. I once had aspirations to be a ballet dancer – although it only lasted between ages 3 to 11 🙂
    I love Hozier and a perfectly sculpted man in tights is never a hardship to watch so thank you for that.

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