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Estas Tonne Meets Sergei Polunin

Estas Tonne Meets Sergei Polunin

Estas Tonne meets Sergei Polunin

This November, witness an inspired collaboration of music and dance like no other. World-renowned master guitarist Estas Tonne is performing in the US for the first time with a 24-city tour. The tour kicks off in Escondido, CA November 1, 2018.

Ballet superstar Sergei Polunin will share the stage for three magical nights as a special guest in three cities: at Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on November 4, at Palace for Fine Arts in San Francisco on November 6, and at Crest Theatre in Sacramento on November 7.

This unique collaboration was inspired by the famous scene in the feature film White Nights (1985). Mikhail Baryshnikov passionately performed to the moving music of legendary Soviet singer Vladimir Vysotsky. Sergei himself considers Baryshnikov his mentor.

Who is Estas Tonne?

Since we are a ballet site, that is where our strength and knowledge lies.  Upon hearing of Sergei’s collaboration with Estas Tonne, I had to find out more about him.  According to his website…

“Estas Tonne is a charismatic being who is committed to the artistic expression and to the authentic unfolding of music. Authenticity and self-renewal makes him explore the individuality of sound and the possibilities of how the sounding source can create a space that arises creatively and that in the same time allows the listener to momentarily adapt it – for the purpose of wellbeing and for the purpose of a shift.

By traveling to countless countries and places Estas Tonne finds himself in several cultural references without identifying himself with a single nation or country, rather with the cultural richness of the world. His music is therefore a reflection of many approaches. A fusion of classical structure, technique of Flamenco, roots of Gypsy, characteristics of Latin and Electronic Soundscape – a variety of styles flowing into each other almost unnoticed and showing up as surprises in a harmonious structure of sound, reaching out differently in each performance, yet always in unique form and melody.

His music is getting shaped by emotional expression and a wide range of audible elements that not only stem from various music genres but from the access to emotions itself. They weave the sparkle of joy into the music, the tension of challenges, the velocity of excitement, the gentleness of openheartedness, the grace of divine connection and the balance of the “I” at ease.

Life in the immediate presence is therefore integrating itself technically and emotionally, acoustically and electronically, dynamically and most often silently. All these influences create a new soundtrack in each performance steadily raising the awareness for the transforming and powerful within the sound.

Two opposites are the fields from where the music is formed. It is the underlying structure of “I know“ and the additional uniqueness of improvisation with the starting point of “I don’t know“. This particular approach of creating music encompasses both, the foundation and freedom in the same time. Thus, the soundspace unfolds according to the respective situation and allows the composition, variation and musical theme to appear with variety instead of repetition in the melodic line.

The meaning of “meditative“ does not mean minimalistic or motionless in the musical happening, It rather means to create an access to the personal emotional biography, its focus and situative conditions. As different the listener’s state of mind can be, as dynamically different an Internal Flight can be experienced.

Estas Tonne’ performs at concerts, conferences, Street, Yoga, Art or other Festivals etc., yet he is involved in collaborations that range from different film projects, poetry, meditation to dance or circus art. His involvement in the film project “Time of The Sixth Sun“ shows him in the role of the traveling Troubadour who spreads a meaningful impact on society and the world while experiencing his inner transformation.”  – estastonne.com

Help Pam See Sergei Dance

Help Pam See Sergei Dance

I have a ticket!!  Now, I just gotta get there!

As many hours of footage as I have watched/played with, I have never seen Sergei Polunin perform live.  It is my dream.  Some day… SOME DAY!!  Well, some day may be sooner than I thought!  I have a ticket to see him dance at Estas Tonne in Sacramento, California.  However, now I gotta find a way to get there!!

Help Pam see Sergei!

I have started a GoFundMe page to help cover airfare and hotel expenses.  With my home still in disrepair thanks to Hurricane Harvey over a year ago, every cent I have goes to that.  I hate to let my ticket go, but I can not afford to spend money on “fun” while my home is still lacking some basic.. well, home things, like baseboards, floor that is not concrete, window sills and door frames, not to mention DOORS, etc….

 

I always said that if ever he came to the states, I’d be there… but omgosh, from Texas to California is so far lol!!!  I was hoping for Houston…

Anything will help, and I will be forever grateful.

Pam

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Polunin Debuts Royal Bayadere 2009

Polunin Debuts Royal Bayadere 2009

Polunin debuts Royal Bayadere 2009 and presented below are two reviews of his jaw-dropping performance as “Solor.”

Sergei Rocks, Rolls Le Corsaire

Sergei Rocks, Rolls Le Corsaire

The grand and glorious Le Corsaire.  Manly men, beautiful girls, amazing costumes, and difficult choreography… this ballet has it all.

Le Corsaire is a ballet typically presented in three acts, with a libretto originally created by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges loosely based on the poem The Corsair by Lord Byron. Originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier to the music of Adolphe Adam, it was first presented by the ballet of the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra in Paris on January 23, 1856. All modern productions of Le Corsaire are derived from the revivals staged by the Ballet Master Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg throughout the mid to late 19th century.

The ballet has many celebrated passages which are often excerpted from the full-length work and performed independently.  The most well known being the so-called “Le Corsaire pas de deux” which is among classical ballet’s most famous and performed excerpts.  Portions of this excerpt are presented below.  First, with the original music, and secondly and just for fun, with some good ol’ rock and roll!

A 2014 performance of Le Corsaire with Sergei Polunin as “Ali” and Vera Sabantseva as “Medora” at the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

See more Sergei on the Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast YouTube channel.

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.

 

“Awakening”

 

Sergei Listed To Appear On Andrea Bocelli Charity Show

Sergei Listed To Appear On Andrea Bocelli Charity Show

Sergei listed!

The evening of La Betta by Andrea Bocelli will be broadcast on Rai Uno, a show for charity that will be held by the famous tenor on September 8th 2018 at the Arena di Verona.

Among the television events that Rai has announced for the upcoming 2018/2019 television season is the second edition of the show starring Andrea Bocelli entitled The Night by Andrea Bocelli . A great evening dedicated to music and to one of the most extraordinary Italian performers, with an adjoining beneficial collection destined, among other things, to the reconstruction of the territories hit by the earthquake and to the support of the populations of Haiti. A show that will be broadcast on September 8th at 9:25 pm conducted by Milly Carlucci.

Tickets are already available

The pre-sale for this important charity concert, led by renowned tenor accompanied by a long line of international guests and an orchestra of over 400, have already started. The event will be held in the spectacular Arena di Verona and will be able to count on unique plays of light and scenography. Andrea Bocelli’s Night will be the spearhead of the charity event in Italy, a philanthropic marathon supported originally by the Bocelli family and now in its fifth edition in 2018.

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As previously mentioned, the proceeds from ticket sales will be used to finance the projects of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. The theater chosen for the event is a symbolic place for the Tuscan tenor, who a few weeks ago declared: ” The most important memory I have of the Arena dates back to 2000, when I sang Verdi’s Requiem here in Verona, a few months ago from the loss of my father “.

Invited guests… Sergei listed.

Andrea Bocelli’s Night will be able to count on a large group of guests , many of whom have not yet been confirmed. In the past, people like Sofia Loren, George Clooney, Sharon Stone, José Carreras and Queen Rania of Jordan took part in the event.  For 2018, the names announced so far are those of the etoile of the dance Carla Fracci , of the dancer and actor Sergei Polunin , and other performers such as mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard , soprano Aida Garifullina and baritone Leo Nucci.

To watch the show also a series of famous people who will populate the audience of the Arena of Verona, including at the moment are confirmed Kristin Chenoweth , Reba McEntire, producer David Foster, Smokey Robinson and Brian McKnight.

Ballet Legend Sergei Polunin, A 2016 Interview

Ballet Legend Sergei Polunin, A 2016 Interview

Ballet Legend Sergei Polunin

An Interview With Ballet Legend Sergei Polunin 

By Lauren Sanderson

 

Throughout Sergei Polunin’s career he has been branded a rebel, compared to James Dean and been nicknamed the ‘bad boy’ of ballet but who is this legendary dancer?  We grab five minutes with the dance sensation to find out.

How did you feel when you were first approached to do Steven Cantor’s documentary Dancer?
I didn’t really know how it would turn out. At the beginning I knew I wanted to film in different countries and show the beauty of different cultures, but I honestly didn’t know where it would lead.

Did you expect the documentary to receive such a big reaction?
I had no idea.  I was so surprised how well people reacted and I’m really happy how it turned out. It was all down to an incredible team and an incredible producer, Gabrielle Tana, who became my guardian angel.

The dance you performed to Hozier’s Take Me to Church was supposed to be your final dance, what made you continue?
The dance went on for nine hours and during this time I had a lot to think about and I was sure I was going to give it up. I knew I wanted to stop dance and do something else but Take Me to Church was extremely emotional and I began to think about what and who I’d be leaving behind. I started to think that maybe I’m missing something, maybe there is still something left to explore. Afterwards I went back to Russia and danced for free for a couple of months to remind myself of the reason I’m dancing.

Dancers are seen to have a clean body image but you have a lot of tattoos. What was the influence behind them?
When I was a kid I always used to draw on myself and I knew I was going to have tattoos. I liked and respected people with tattoos especially people who had them on their face or their hands because they represent freedom to me. They’re not the type of people who would judge others. In ballet school there are really strict rules and one of those rules was no tattoos so I guess I’m breaking the dance norms but it feels right to me.

When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
I always wanted to be a boxer.

You’re seen as the ‘bad boy’ of ballet, did you set out to create this image to defy the norms?
I definitely played on it. It was more for the media and I decided to play along with it but it actually made my life more difficult because nobody wanted to work with me afterwards. It was difficult because the big companies would rather work with someone safe and predictable. I was essentially digging my own grave.

Do you feel like the media has played a big part in where you are today?
Definitely. Especially the internet and YouTube.

What’s been your biggest challenge to date?
I have so many goals. It’s hard sometimes because I still want to dance, I still take class’s everyday but I also want to study acting and I want to choreograph work. I’m creating my own company called ‘Project Polunin’, to help dancers with their careers and hopefully help to move dance forward.  I’m also going to be in a movie. It’s a challenge because there is so much I want to do but it’s extremely exciting.

In the documentary you mentioned that while at the Royal Ballet you felt you’d reached your potential with the company and always strived for more, is that still the case?
Right now I’m in the position where I wanted to be when I was 19. Back then it was the media that made me out to be a bad guy instead of listening to what I was really saying. I also forgot to listen to myself about what I had originally set out to do, but now I’m back doing what I intended to do and believed in. Creation stimulates me and there are so many exciting things to look forward to as an artist. I’m in a good place; I just wish I didn’t have to go through such a long journey to get to it.

You mentioned you are going to be in a movie, that’s exciting! What type of movie is it?
It’s a big Hollywood movie, but I can’t give too much away. It’s going to be very interesting!

Do you see yourself heading for Hollywood?
If it was my choice yes! It’s definitely where I want to go.

What things other than dance inspire you?
At the moment movies really inspire me. Mickey Rourke is a big inspiration in my life and I also love Johnny Depp. It’s more about who they are in real life than who they are on the screen.

Are you looking forward to your trip to New Zealand next year?
I’m coming over to dance with Natalia Osipova who is a Principal at the Royal Ballet. I’m so excited! I also love nature, I think it’s one of the most important things in our lives and I’ve heard that New Zealand is a beautiful country.

Do you have any advice for any budding dancers out there?
I’d say get a manager or an agent and I’d also say work really hard but make sure you experience life.

What do you think the future holds for Ballet?
Dance is so important to everyone because it’s an international language, every country understands it. I think a big change is coming. I’m hoping that the industry will reach the same level as sport or cinema and it’s definitely possible! Football wasn’t at the level it’s at now 15 years ago. Watch out for something big!


Thanks to Vendetta Films and 818 Entertainment for making this interview possible!
Dancer is out now, screening at selected cinemas.

Poetry In Motion

Poetry In Motion

A collection of original poems written by Pam Boehme Simon (me) that were inspired by the visual and visceral tsunami evoked by Sergei Polunin when he dances (or just stares into the camera), and the videos that go with each.  A few quotes from other random folks as well…

 

 

Exquisite Torture

 

“This is about ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, and the exquisite torture he endures, yet embraces.

In no other art form is the artist so much the medium in which he works as in dance.

A dancer so divine no longer belongs to himself but to the art. He is a prisoner of, and to, the art form which he himself helps create.

In this prison, the dancer languishes, yet revels. It can not be denied or forsaken.

So, gloriously, the dancer throws himself into the exquisite torture.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

 

Visages De Sergei

 

“His high caliber power, strength, and ballon is belied by the beautiful vulnerability in his eyes. Through clear, blue clerestories witness the joy, the sadness, the torment, and the exultation of the artist.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

 

Dream On

 

“Are you a divine human? Or a human-esque deity?

Either way, we would keep you on the wooden pedestal where we come to worship. When the curtains part and you are bathed in the light of our admiration, our hearts soar.

I dream that your heart is with ours. For a soul so beauteously gifted, ballet should not catch and pinch. What you have given ballet, I dream is returned to you many times over.

I dream that what we see as you dance upon the pedestal, mirrors your happiness of being.

And finally, I dream the flickering spark that stirred you to discover your offerings, flares bright once more so that the shackles and weights you have come to know burn away, leaving you with the release and euphoria given you by ballet in the beginning.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

 

Rarest Spun Heaven Metal

 

“Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.” – Alex, A Clockwork Orange

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy

 

“Dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.” – Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy

“One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must.” – Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy

 

Dancing Star

 

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

 

Rebel

 

“Sergei channels his idol, James Dean. But with his brooding good looks, and the white hot intensity with which he completely destroys the stage, Sergei is the truer rebel.

Outspoken, and silent. Disciplined by ballet, but branded with a wild streak. Bound to the earth, yet consistently defies gravity. Can’t find bliss in the dance world… can’t breathe without it.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

 

For No One

 

“He left dance. He had danced for everyone…except himself.

Until the fire inside his soul began to die. But the ember was still warm.

His body and soul still longed to dance despite his mind’s objections. They fought against each other until raw emotion took over and banished the doubts.

Now purged, a new wind blew and the ember sparked. Now he knew. He had to dance. He must dance. But now, for no one… except himself.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

 

On the Eighth Day

 

“…and on the Eighth Day, the gods created a magnificent gift in the form of flesh, bone, muscle and sinew.

Beauteous to behold, within lives a soul, heart, spirit and passion equal to the instrument the gods so blessed him with.

So perfectly balanced is each exquisite aspect that he is capable of transcending mortal bounds and is free to move and dance with the elements of nature.

Earth, wind, fire, water… he imitates each at will…. and, we are thrilled at the sight.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

 

Breathless

 

“Breathless… as he dances. Breathless… as we watch.  He leaves us breathless with his raw emotion and flawless technique. Breathless that we are so blessed to witness him in his prime.

Future generations will envy us.”

– Pam Boehme Simon

Bump In The Road…

Bump In The Road…

If you’re missing a few of my videos, they had to be taken down at the request of the Royal Ballet. It seems that even still, they have a hold on Sergei. I had to either delete them from YouTube, or have my account disabled. The videos in question were not being monetized and were originally listed as “acceptable” videos. I had given proper credit to all concerned in the descriptions, never once claiming that the works were my own in any way. I posted the videos for pure enjoyment, to share with other fans, and to try to keep what few samples of his classical ballet performances in existence available for posterity. However, rules are rules, and this is the right thing to do.

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I apologize sincerely. It was never my intention to step on anyone’s toes. I have never been one to bend the rules. I truly thought I was acting in accordance with YouTube’s guidelines. Apparently, I misinterpreted a few. I was often greatly concerned about such a thing happening as there are many that are very vague and broad. However, as time passed with no reprimands, I figured everything was okay. It was not. Finally, though I reiterate that this is the right and proper thing to do, it makes me very sad for us all. It is Sergei’s fans (past, present, and future) who are being denied.
Now, all that being said, I shall continue to “play” and “choreograph” and “experiment” with video. Just a bit more carefully! You all have been amazing over the past couple of years. You have changed my life just when I thought it was over (as I knew it for so long). For the warm way you welcomed me… the beautiful new friendships… the endless support and love, I will be eternally grateful. Love to all. – Pam 

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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