Photo Gallery – Sergei Polunin

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Stunning Pics Of Sergei By Alessia Santambrogio

Stunning Pics Of Sergei By Alessia Santambrogio

Stunning pics of Sergei by Alessia Santambrogio

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 the famous dancer Sergei Polunin and company inaugurated the new edition of ParmaDanza at the Teatro Regio.  Natalia Osipova and soloists from some of Russia’s most prestigious theaters joined Polunin onstage.  A highlight of the performance was the national debut of Polunin’s work, Sartori.

The idea comes from Project Polunin , an artistic project that aims to produce new choreographic creations thanks to the collaboration between dancers, choreographers, musicians and artists from different fields.

For Sergei Polunin, Satori represents his own path of reunion with love for dance and passion for art.  It is the culmination of a personal journey.  He brought together a group of artists with whom he created a program that consists of three parts, including two new productions.

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Sergei’s solo

On the stage of the Teatro Regio the program opened with First Solo , performed by Sergei Polunin.  It was created by the award-winning choreographer Andrey Kaydanovskiy.  First Solo tells of a man’s search for freedom through that same dance that makes him a slave.  It is profoundly personal for Polunin.  Its focus is the dualism between an artist’s life of commitment and his desire for freedom of thought and movement.

A rare treat

The show continued with Skriabiniana, a rare treat.  It is among the very few choreographies left completely intact by the great choreographer Kasyan Goleizovsky.  Finally, the evening ended with Satori, choreographed by Polunin himself.  Sartori is directed by Gabriel Marcel del Vecchio and boasts an original soundtrack by the award-winning composer Lorenz Dangel.  The production features scenes from works by photographer David Lachapelle.  Angelina Atlagic designed the costumes.

The public delirious for a chance to see Polunin brought about an immediate sell out.  The excellence of these international artists did not disappoint.  With their dance, they involved and excited the audience of the Regio di Parma.

Photographer Alessia Santambrogio

“My vision of the scene photographer is that of a silent and discreet presence that fits into the dynamics of the show, without interfering with them, but becoming an integral part of them. It is having its own artistic vision and being able to transmit it, knowing, however, to know and listen to the needs of those who create and put on show the show.”  – Alessia Santambrogio

A professional photographer, Alessia Santambrogio was born in Monza.  She was artistically and professionally trained at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.  Alessia, graduating in 2011, immediately made an impact on the arts community.

She has photographed important productions and personalities of the national and international panorama of opera, ballet and theater.

Co-founder of the industry magazine Kairós Magazine , she actively collaborates as a photographer, author, copy editor and archivist. There are numerous publications in national newspapers such as Il Corriere della Sera , La Repubblica , Il Giorno and others.

She has participated in countless exhibitions, such as Birthday Album and La Scuola di Ballo of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.  These works were promoted by the Bracco Foundation and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.

All photos by Alessia Santambrogio.


Sergei Opens National Museum

Sergei Opens National Museum

Sergei opens National Museum with a new dance video. The film, “Awakening,” celebrates the reopening of the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade after a long period of renovation. It features Sergei Polunin as he wanders through the Museum’s atrium.  He demonstrates new energy coming to life again through its rooms and galleries.

Directed by Vuk Vidor.

Music by Isidora Zebeljan (“Selište, Deserted Villages, Elegy for an Orchestra”, published by Mascom).

Produced by Tuna Fish Belgrade.

Photography by Kosta Glušica.

Post production by Fried.

Executive production by Sound Ray.


The following are stills pulled from the video.  Sergei is simply stunning.  Below the images is the entire original video.




Sergei x Rankin + Freeze Frame

Sergei x Rankin + Freeze Frame

Sergei x Rankin + Freeze Frame

From the moment that Rankin first photographed famous, enigmatic ballet dancer Sergei Polunin he was left wanting more. Enamored by his rock ‘n’ roll, rebellious spirit, extraordinary physical prowess and of course, unbridled talent Rankin set his heart on creating a film that captured all of this. And after months of conversations, brainstorming and scheduling conflicts it has finally come to fruition.

The photographer, who made his name on style magazine Dazed & Confused, said: “I shot him in my studio, so I first met him as he walked on set. I’d heard about him and done my research. But seeing him was a real wow moment.

“He’s so physical, but there’s also a deeply internal thing that really comes through. I got such a buzz that day and I instantly knew I wanted to work with him and feature him on Hunger TV. I think I got a bit of a crush on him.”

Stills Gallery from the video

(To see the actual video, scroll to bottom of article)

​Polunin joined the Royal Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to principal at the end of the 2009-10 season, aged 19, but walked away from the company after only two years. The heavily tattooed star, 28, who owns a tattoo parlor in Camden, still dances in his Project Polunin performances but has moved into the film world, appearing in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express. He also has a role in a forthcoming drama about Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev defecting to the west during the Cold War.

Polunin said the video, which sees him dance to music by art rockers Husky Loops, “captured the feel of a live performance and can create that magic.”

Rankin said: “I would love to work with him again. But I’d like to do something totally different. Maybe along the lines of a comedy. He’s really funny, plus he’s an actor as well as a dancer, and I’d like to bring this out.”

The result is a mesmerizing and powerful collaboration that sees Sergei bring his internal tension to the screen, directed by Rankin and soundtracked by alt-rock trio Husky Loops’ “Tempo”. An assault on the senses the two and a half minute film leaves you breathless, and like Rankin, wanting more. Enjoy!!  Want more Sergei videos?  Find the greatest Sergei playlist on YouTube here.

Text contains excerpts from Hunger TV and Evening Standard

Stunning Sergei, Photos From 2008

Stunning Sergei, Photos From 2008

Stunning Sergei

A Blog Post

by Pam Boehme Simon

On July  27, 2008, the fifteenth edition of the Civitanova Danza International Festival was celebrated.  Among the festivities was a dance gala called Italians Dance It Better.  Sergei Polunin performed a Ben Stevenson piece, “End Of Time,” set to music by Sergey Rachmaninov.  His partner was fellow company member and Royal Ballet principal, Mara Galeazzi.  At the time, Sergei was not yet even a soloist, however, his star quality was already very evident.  The performance took place in the Teatro Rossini in Civitanova Danza, Italy.

Photographer Manuel Cafini shot a beautiful collection of Sergei and Mara.  Enjoy!

All photos by Manuel Cafini, 2008.

Sergei, Muse of David

Sergei, Muse of David

Muse.  An inspiration.

Sergei Polunin inspires.  No doubt about it.

And no one more than photographer David LaChapelle.


Muse of David

David LaChapelle is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, and film director. He is best known for his photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages.

All images by David LaChapelle.

Sometimes They’re Blue…

Sometimes They’re Blue…

“He had these eyes. They were blue and they looked bluer because he had a dark head of hair. Soulful, and in some way; they seemed to say things that I knew he’s probably never said out loud.”  – Audrey Bell

“People with blue eyes are kind-hearted and always look for the best in people. They love with all their heart and are hard to forget about if you get the chance to love them. They are the best at pretending to be happy and tend to please others before themselves.”  –  Unknown

“I wish to stay drenched forever in those rain-blue eyes in those…soul-reaching crystals not moving a muscle nor breathing just savoring this turquoise ache against my heart.”  – Sanober Khan

“His eyes are blue, and blue eyes up close are a celestial phenomenon: nebulae as seen through telescopes, the light of unnamed stars diffused through dusts and elements and endlessness. Layers of light. Blue eyes are starlight.”   – Laini Taylor

“They’re crystal blue, a shade that shouldn’t exist on the human body, I shade I immediately crave, a shade that makes my heart beat a little bit faster–almost as if I recognize it…It’s the most perfect blue I’ve ever seen. Even from this distance his eyes are simply remarkable.”  – Kiersten White

“His eyes are blue like the ocean, and baby, I’m lost at sea.”  – Unknown



Royal Opera House Opens New Exhibition 2010

Royal Opera House Opens New Exhibition 2010

October 21, 2010

Royal Ballet principal dancers Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin announce the opening of a new exhibition from Royal Opera House Collections and The Lowry, Manchester.  Tamara and Sergei are wearing the costumes from “Birthday Offering.”

“Birthday Offering” is a pièce d’occasion in one scene choreographed by Frederick Ashton to music by Alexander Glazunov, arranged by Robert Irving. The ballet was created in 1956, to celebrate the Royal Ballet’s 25th anniversary. The first performance took place on 5 May 1956 at the Royal Opera House, London.

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Backstage With Sergei Polunin, The Guardian 2013

Backstage With Sergei Polunin, The Guardian 2013

Sergei Polunin and the Stanislavsky Ballet backstage in Coppélia – in pictures

Jack Devant’s Sergei Polunin Gallery

Jack Devant’s Sergei Polunin Gallery

Award winning ballet photographer Jack Devant

For 20 years ballet, as well as photography, have been his passion. Knowing ballet makes a difference in photos, it makes him a better ballet photographer. He’s photographed ballet in the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mikhailovsky Theatre, the Stanislavsky Theatre, Lincoln Center (New York), Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, HET Nationale Amsterdam, Teatro di San Carlo Naples, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Finnish National Opera Theatre, Novosibirsk Opera (NOVAT) and many more.

Part One


About Jack Devant

Jack Devant Джек ДевантPhoto: Mark Olich (The Mariinsky Theatre)

He Works Discreetly

He values the emotional experience of the ballet audience. His shooting style and gear is discreet. His camera is specially hand picked for ballet. A Sony A9 is the only low light capable camera with absolutely silent e-shutter. Jack really doesn’t like to distract during the Swan Lake adagio. The lenses are bright, coming from Zeiss and Sony – it makes it possible to isolate the soloist from the background and shoot dark scenes like Giselle 2nd act and The Kingdom of Shades in La Bayadere. Nobody notices, nobody hears him shooting the performance.

sony a7 a7r2 a7 II system

Contents of his go-to roller case (from the top left)

  • Sirui P-324 carbon monopod, Sirui R-2204 carbon tripod w. ball head, Samsung 512 GB SSD USB3, Dell XPS 13 i7
  • Sony G 300 mm F2.8 a-mount + LA-EA3, Sony A7r II + Sony FE 70 – 200 mm F2.8 GM, Sony A9 + Sony FE 70 – 200 F 4.0 G, Sony FE 24 – 70 F 4.0 ZA, Sony FE 16 – 35 mm F 4.0 ZA, Sony/Zeiss 55 mm F 1.8 ZA
  • Rapoo mouse, Sony Vertical Battery Grip x 2, Sony HVL-F43M flash, Blumax twin speed-charger

Fees and Rates

Package “Flat rate”

This is the most used and convenient package if client needs ballet concert photos, both from Gala concerts and full length ballets. Client will receive all watermarked web-resolution photos and print resolution photos with no watermark — typically 25-75 per performance. Cost for the client 1500 € plus flight and lodging cost per two nights.

Licensing Single Photos

  • Non-commercial use in social media/internet: free, if watermarked photo is correctly referred to the author
  • Editorial use, rights per one photo: 150 €
  • One year unlimited commercial use: Print/Internet/Outdoor/TV,  per one photo: starting from 250 €. Main visual min 500 € or 10% (if exceeding minimum level).

Other resources

Jack Devant Twitter 500Px  Facebook  Google+ LinkedIn


Jack Devant, ballet photographer 

He speaks fluent english and russian (Джек Девант)

Devant’s Giselle

Devant’s Giselle

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Giselle

Opening ballet of the new season with new ballet director Igor Zelensky. Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Giselle, music by Adolphe Adam, choreography by Peter Wright after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa, conductor Aivo Välja, artistic director Igor Zelensky. Shot by Jack Devant on 23.9.2016 in Munich.

See full size version of each by clicking on the individual pic, then the link on the right under the photo.



  • Giselle, Natalia Osipova
  • Albrecht, Sergei Polunin
  • Hilarion, Matej Urban
  • Berthe, Giselles mother Séverine Ferrolier
  • Herzog von Kurland, Ilya Shcherbakov
  • Bathilde, Giorgia Sacher
  • Wilfried, Adam Zvonař
  • Jägerführer, Zoltan Beke
  • Myrtha, Prisca Zeisel
  • Moyna, Shuai Li
  • Zulme, Anna Nevzorova
  • Pas de six Solo Tatiana Tiliguzova and Alexey Popov

Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Bayerisches Staatsballett and Igor Zelensky, special thanks to Susanne Ullmann.

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