Nutcracker Polunin Osipova, That Caught Your Eye Did It Not?
The Nutcracker, Sergei Polunin & Natalia Osipova, 2015

The Nutcracker, Sergei Polunin & Natalia Osipova, 2015

Nutcracker Polunin Osipova!

Nutcracker Polunin Osipova?  Put two of ballet’s biggest stars together with one of the most beloved ballets of all time, and it’s magical!

This video contains most of a December 31, 2015 performance. Aside from some lighting issues, a talkative toddler, and a few seconds of missing audio, it’s a wondrous treat!  A very lucky audience was at Novosibirsk State Academic Ballet and Opera Theatre that night.  I have seen “Nutcracker” ad nauseam, however, this version captivated me in a way this ballet hasn’t done in a long time.

Who Is Sergei Polunin?

Sergei Polunin is a Ukrainian ballet dancer. Famous for his “once every hundred years” talent, he has incredulous elevation and impeccable technique. In addition, from an early age, he displayed glorious dramatic range.  Home videos of him as a tiny boy improvising to Pavarotti are very foretelling. Following his astronomic rise through the Royal Ballet School, at age 20, he became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer.

Ballet gained an unprecedented new awareness when Polunin danced in Hozier’s viral video ”Take Me To Church.” People who never would have never paid any attention to ballet began to watch the tattooed phenom. As well as giving a boost to ballet, the video went viral on YouTube. Hence, he is generally attributed with bringing ballet to the modern common man.

Classical, yet cutting edge, Sergei starred in Diesel’s “Make Love Not Walls” campaign.  He has put his mark on many other promotions. As well as a phenomenal dancer, Sergei is a much sought after model and actor. Fashion designers love his breathtaking physique and brooding good looks. He has garnered only positive reviews for his acting. His appearances include Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Orient Express, the biographical documentary Dancer, The White Crow, and Red Sparrow.

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