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Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast

Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast

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Welcome to Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast

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The Graceful Beast, Sergei Polunin

 

This is an archival fan site dedicated to Sergei Polunin.

I am undertaking and approaching this privilege (I sincerely believe that’s what it is) humbly, with care and love.  I look at it like this… If someone had known from very beginning how special Baryshnikov or Nureyev, Nijinsky or Pavlova, for example, were going to become, and they began stockpiling information about them for posterity.   Just think what that would mean to us today and to future balletomanes.  We who are here now have this chance.  So, I am gathering pictures, videosanything and everything about Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast.   As fans of the ballet and ballet dancers, we understand how lucky we are to live at this time.  We are watching what could very well be a legend in the making.  We can one day tell others, “I remember when Sergei…” and a very fortunate few can say, “I saw him dance.”

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Sergei as a young boy in Kiev.

In his first 28 years, he has been…

A stand-out little boy in ballet class.  A prodigy.  A phenom.  A superstar.  An activist.  A visionary.

After that, only time will tell.  With his “once every hundred year” talent, his quiet and unassuming demeanor, his kind and gentle personality, his emotional and sensitive heart, and his passionate and artistic soul, we could be witnessing the birth of a full blown supernova.

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Sergei Polunin (2016)

Why “Graceful Beast?”

The nickname “Graceful Beast” was initially given to Sergei by his Royal Ballet School classmates for the powerful and aggressive, yet graceful, way he dances.  I think it a very fitting title, and appropriate for more than just his dancing abilities.  Therefore, I name and dedicate this site, “Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast” in tribute to what he has accomplished and for what he has yet to do.

I started out making fan videos for Sergei and other ballet dancers.  If you would like to watch something while I work on this site, here’s a link to my Youtube channel.  Hope you enjoy, and if so, please subscribe.  I also invite you to visit and like the Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast FaceBook page.

Ideas, suggestions, thoughts?  Please feel free to contact me.

26 Replies to “Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast”

  1. I am Brazilian and we have a saying that literally translated means “travelling in the mayonnaise” ie,
    one’s imagination is given free reigns sliding on the basis of pretty nothing. How can anyone even suggest he is schizophrenic from afar without any contextual knowledge? I am astonished! I am a psychologist and this is a serious statement. It is a very irresponsible conduct which can be very damaging. I can understand your frustration. He was perfect while he just lived in one’s imagination but once he revealed himself as a man, with his own wishes, options and decisions he became ill. God help him and all of us from this kind of fan or friend.

  2. I just wonder if people had similar reactions when Nureyev and Baryshnikov fled Russia for the West? This whole thing is being blown out of proportion.

    1. Along the same lines, I was thinking about all the Russian dancers we love such as Zakharova and Osipova… surely they support their leader and no one harasses them about it. They may not do it so openly but still, it makes me wonder…

  3. Iara, in psychology your outpouring of negative and aggressive opinions is called catharsis. Why don”t you just unfollow him?

  4. Have just found this statement on Sergei Polunin * Official Fan Club *:

    “People are going to think what they want to think 🤔
    I let them …
    You can’t control perception… it’s a losing game so I don’t play.
    I let them lose … lose themselves in their own fantasies of what they want me to be.
    A rebel … an angel … a romantic … a heartbreaker … a boy … a man.
    Perhaps I am all those things … perhaps I am none.
    But what I am is for me to find out … not to be dictated to me.
    It’s for me to know” ……. 🌟✨

    Sergei Polunin

  5. I think I wrote my reply in a wrong box. For the sake of continuity, I will beg your pardon and repeat it here, even though it is a bit long.

    Dear Pam, I was also shocked when I saw it. He is undoubtedly making a statement we cannot understand and with which most of us westerns do not agree at least at face value. But what do we know of the complex reality of a region whose dynamics we were never able to grasp? He is an amazing artist and not a politician. Why do we have do judge him from the point of view or our preconceptions and prejudices? Let’s enjoy the beauty and magic he provides us every time he dances and let him live his life in whichever way he chooses. I am only sad because my chances of seeing him perform live are very slim to say the least. i don’t think Brazil is in his plans……

  6. Dear Pam, I was also shocked when I saw it. He is undoubtedly making a statement we cannot understand and with which most of us westerns do not agree at least at face value. But what do we know of the complex reality of a region whose dynamics we were never able to grasp? He is an amazing artist and not a politician. Why do we have do judge him from the point of view or our preconceptions and prejudices? Let’s enjoy the beauty and magic he provides us every time he dances and let him live his life in whichever way he chooses. I am only sad because my chances of seeing him perform live are very slim to say the least. i don’t think Brazil is in his plans……

    1. Dearest Ana, I WISH it were that easy. I would love to simply keep admiring his work and his art, and personally, I plan on doing just that. But he is making it more and more difficult to do so openly. The poor young man is either misguided or being coerced by unseen issues and/or forces. I will continue to support his art until he makes it impossible…

  7. Hi Bärbel,
    I am hoping against hope that the tattoo is his father. There has still not been an official statement released as to who it is. It’s a long shot I know, but I am holding out hope that it is almost anyone other than Putin…
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to write. If I should find out anything else, I’ll certainly post it here.

  8. Thank you very much for your answers. I still dont know, what to think about his tattoo. It is disappointing.
    I saw him dancing in st.moritz. it was outstanding. Youb could feel the energy in the room, while he was dancing.the newspaper wrote ‘ god is dancing in st.moritz’. I hope some day he will explain, why he made this tattoo. Many greetings from switzerland

  9. Dear pam, is it really possible, that he has a tattoo from putin on his chest?
    Do you know something about that?
    Best wishes bärbel

    1. It would appear so, and as of yesterday… a heart on his left temple. I was hoping the man’s face over his heart was his father, but there’s been no disclosure. I know that when I first posted pics of the new tattoo after the music festival with the caption “Sergei has a new tattoo??!!” his mom messaged me to please mind taking them down. I instantly did so.

  10. Dear Bärbel, yes he does mention ….. go to Hulu, they have his biography since before he went to ballet classes.
    Wonderful documentary.
    I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

  11. Thank you very much for your answer. I appreciate very much your videos.
    I wish you all the best and time for many more videos.

  12. Dear pam, you know a lot of things about sergei. I wonder, what is happend to his father. He never mentioned anywhere.thank you for your answer bärbel

    1. Dearest Barbel… Thank you so much for writing. While Sergei’s parents are divorced, they are both still very close to Sergei. His dad sees him perform occasionally and works. He is still very much in the picture, just not so much in actual pictures as is Galina, his mom. =)

  13. Hi Pam!!! I am a huge huge fan of Sergei, and I’m really so so thankful for your work and passion of his work! I agree with you fully and definitely feel fortunate that my senses have the privilege to enjoy his art. Thanks a million, and best luck with your health!!!

    1. Dear Kaya, So happy to hear from you. Thank you, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. It means a lot to me that you took the time to write. I truly appreciate it! =)

  14. http://a.co/j4fuQDs

    I wrote ‘Designing the Dance’ with very personal interviews … The entire story of Sergei Polunin and Jade Hale-Christofi. You might want to read it, as it describes everything they did together at the Royal School of Ballet and then beyond, until Sergei decided to leave the company. In London, he and Jade were going to move to LA to become actors and then David LaChapelle stepped in and asked them to do the video, ‘Take me to Church’ in Maui, Hawaii. That video is available in my book, ‘Designing the Dance,’ available exclusively for ballet lovers from Amazon.com. It is the first e-published book ever to contain a complete video of Sergei Polunin and ‘Take me to Church’ without a YouTube link. Sony International granted it to me because it’s one of the best videos of a truly great ballet dancer, Sergei Polunin, and his choreographer, Jade Hale-Christofi, my friend. Best, Pam Russ.

    1. Oh my Pam, I’m so thrilled you’ve written. Wow, I would adore to read it. This is incredible. Thank you so much. I am heading straight to Amazon, nevermind it’s 2am lol! I can’t wait to read it.
      Thanks again.
      Pam Simon

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