Sergei x Rankin + Freeze Frame = Stunning Sergei Stills
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

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