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Pam Finally Sees Sergei Dance

Pam Finally Sees Sergei Dance

After years of editing pixels, cutting music, creating videos, Pam Boehme Simon gets to see him in real life. Pam finally sees Sergei dance!

Pam Finally Sees Sergei Dance

 

I hesitate to start writing anything at all, as no mere words will do justice.

But I’m gonna try.

First, the trip there.  Sacramento, California is in no way shape or form close to where I live.  I live two hours east of Houston in a tiny town called Orange.  We are the last town in Texas on Interstate 10 before you cross the border into Louisiana.  In a straight line, it’s 1684 miles or 2709 kilometers from Orange to Sacramento.  My trip there involved about 2 hours drive time, 3 airports, 4 hours layover time, and 10 hours flight time.  However, totally worth it.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

I went to Sacramento for no other reason than to see Sergei dance, so after arriving I pretty much sat in my hotel room waiting…

I arrived at the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento a little more than an hour early.  The theater is like out of a dream!  Fantastical, whimsical, amazing!  From the tiny little ticket booth out front to the “blue sky” ceiling in the main space… oh my.  I could not imagine a more perfect venue for what was to come.   Built in 1948 by Fox West Coast Theatres, it opened July 7, 1949.  Mostly still original, the highly stylized, art deco theater is host to concerts, Red Carpet movie premieres, comedy shows, private events and more.  At some point in time, the Crest was bought by Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.  In 1996 they sold it to Gloria León who still owns it today.  It was designated “Historic” in 2010.

Once near my seat, I met Kathleen, a fellow Sergei fan.  It was great to meet another supporter!  Our seats were near each other front to back.  I also knew that fan “Evil DelBono” would be there as well.  She had told me earlier that she had already purchased tickets to see Estas Tonne BEFORE even knowing Sergei would be there!  She needless to say was thrilled when his guest appearance was announced.  We did not meet, but I know she was there.  =)

So, the show starts.  Estas Tonne, was incredible.  I admit never hearing of him before ever, but his music and talent were astounding.  We were told we would be going on a “journey” and we certainly were.  The music was mesmerizing.  I couldn’t help but close my eyes and watch the pictures conjured up in the darkness behind my eyelids.  THANK GOODNESS for Kathleen, who turned back and whispered me back to awareness just as Sergei was stepping onto the stage!

My first glimpse of Sergei in real life, onstage…

First thought that entered my head, silly enough:

“I’ve joked before about being jealous of others who were on the same continent as Sergei, and now I’m actually in the same room.  I’M ACTUALLY IN THE SAME ROOM.”

He stepped lightly and silently onto the stage, coming up from steps on stage right.  Tonne’s music was quiet and gentle, and Sergei moved accordingly.  He was beautiful.  Like a being somewhere above “human” in the movement hierarchy… he was delicate and precise, yet, with less effort than a sigh, he would suddenly achieve light speed and launch himself into the stratosphere like we know only he can.  Then, he would touch back down to earth as softly as the sun puddles on the floor.  I actually only heard him make an audible noise landing from a jump once.  It was during a silent moment of the guitar music, and the “thump, thump” of Sergei’s feet were in perfect time with the music.  Tonne’s fingers stilled on the strings briefly, and Sergei’s feet finished the measure perfectly.  “Thump, thump.”  To control a landing so musically… wow.

A few more thoughts that drifted through my head as I watched Sergei dance:

“Graceful is an understatement.”

“How does he pull such power out of nowhere??!?”

“He doesn’t make shapes, he passes through them.”

“He dances completely inside himself, yet he is inside out… so we see everything (this one seems to makes no sense but I couldn’t find another way to put it lol).”

Sergei appeared three times.  The first two, clad all in black, and the third time, he changed into a simple white tee shirt.  I could see a story in my mind.  He took us from tentative searching and careful exploring, wondering and wandering, to finally confident contentment, powerful joy, and  brilliant happiness.  When he moved, there was nothing else in the room.  Just Sergei.  Even Tonne watched Sergei as he danced about him on the stage.

Then, there was the energy.  Sergei had set the room on fire.  Not a harsh, red, destructive fire… but a dazzling, white, cleansing fire.  One that burned without burning.  THIS is how he inspires!  He puts forth an energy that shoots like a laser beam into your mind, heart, and soul.  Inspiration.  Like a blinding white light that hits you so hard you feel the percussion of it.  Stunning, yet painless.  Primal, yet it propels you to a more complex plane of consciousness.

It makes…

It makes you WANT TO.

 

I will never be the same.

Thank you Sergei.

 

Video:  Sergei’s first of three times onstage (check back, I will add the others).

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.

bump in the road


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 

Entertainer Sergei Polunin!

Entertainer Sergei Polunin!

Entertainer Sergei Polunin?

YES!

It’s a given that Sergei Polunin will go down in history as a ballet legend.  However, given his vast talents, he will surely be remembered as a superlative entertainer as well.  With the face of an angel and the body of a god, Polunin could not be more pleasing to the eye.   He innately knows just what to do and when as far as facial expressions and gestures are concerned.  He is a consummate entertainer!

Entertainer Sergei Polunin?

Without a doubt!!!

Who is Sergei?

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

Ballet gained an unprecedented new awareness when he danced in Hozier’s viral video ”Take Me To Church.”  People who never would have never paid any attention to ballet began to watch.  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 and has put his mark on many other promotions.

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.

If you enjoyed this, please consider subscribing to my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PamBoehmeSimon and “like” my playlist “Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast” as well.

For additional videos and more, visit my fan site at https://sergeipoluningracefulbeast.com or my blog at https://pamboehmesimon.com

This is a ballet | балет iMovie by Pam Boehme Simon.

Thank you for watching.

 

Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast YouTube Channel

Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast YouTube Channel

Sergei Polunin Graceful Beast YouTube Channel

This site, Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast, is run by me, Pam Boehme Simon.  I also have a YouTube channel dedicated to Sergei Polunin, and other ballet dancers.  If you’d like to view the world’s largest collection of Sergei videos all in one place, and be notified when I post a new one, please subscribe!

Here are a few samples to enjoy!!

About Sergei

Sergei Polunin was born in Kherson, Ukraine on November 20, 1989.  Famous for his “once every hundred years” talent, he has incredulous elevation and impeccable technique.  From an early age, he displayed glorious dramatic range.  Home videos of him as a tiny boy improvising to Pavarotti are very foretelling.  At the age of 20, Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer.

Ballet gained an unprecedented new awareness when he danced in Hozier’s viral video ”Take Me To Church.”  People who never would have never paid any attention to ballet began to watch.  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 and has put his mark on many other promotions.

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 to date include Murder On The Orient Express, Dancer, White Crow, and Red Sparrow.

If you enjoyed this, please consider subscribing to my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PamBoehmeSimon and “like” my playlist “Sergei Polunin, Graceful Beast” as well.

For additional videos and more, visit my fan site at https://sergeipoluningracefulbeast.com or my blog at https://pamboehmesimon.com

This is a ballet | балет iMovie by Pam Boehme Simon.

I love to hear from viewers, so please comment.  I read each and every one, and answer as many as possible.  Thank you for watching.

24 Hours With Sergei

24 Hours With Sergei

24 hours with Sergei Polunin

24 hours…

Long days that stretch into the night.  Class, rehearsal, fittings, makeup, performance.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  That is the life of a company dancer.  Follow along.  If you have the energy…

Sergei Polunin / Сергей Полунин “Early Bird / Night Owl”

See behind the scenes at the theater for one day. His day starts early with class and rehearsal, then a performance takes him late into the night. Not much rest for the superstar ballet dancer, Sergei Polunin.

Music: Josh Woodward “Lafayette”

Peace, Love, & Ballet… Groovy.

Peace, Love, & Ballet… Groovy.

Peace Love Ballet

Sergei Polunin is many things… and usually the superlative of every last one.   In this post, I choose to focus on something that (like most of what he does) not all of us come by naturally… his groove.  Sergei is, without a doubt, wicked groovy.  Boasting the swagger of the young and carefree, he fuses exquisite ballet technique, superb natural abilities, and stunning physical attributes into one very cool persona.   Sergei palling up with David LaChapelle for the Diesel “Make Love, Not Walls” promotion was a groundbreaking, masterpiece of psychedelic peace, love, and harmony.

Yes, he is a white tights ballet god if there ever was one, but, never has a pair of jeans looked so good.  The film footage is stunning and shows off his youth, talent, and exuberance.  His happiness is contagious, and one cannot help but smile and step a little lighter after watching the production.

I choreograph with pixels

Now, as one who looks at video as a raw medium to be played with, celebrated, promoted, and spread forth even farther across the vast interwebs, “Make Love, Not Walls” was irresistible.  First off, I give complete and utter props to those who created it in the first place and it is with great care that I honor their vision.  It is my goal to maintain their original ideas, plans, and wishes, and send worthy reincarnations of it out to to reiterate and reinforce their conception.

That being said, here are a trio of my works that were inspired by and born of Diesel’s amazing 2017 advertising campaign “Make Love, Not Walls,” by David LaChapelle.

 Let there be PEACE love ballet

Then, peace LOVE ballet

And peace love BALLET

Finally, peace love ballet SERGEI

It’s Elemental!

It’s Elemental!

Earth, Air, Fire, Water… and Sergei!!

“Elemental” Sergei Polunin / Сергей Полунин

Earth – La Bayadere

Air – Sleeping Beauty

Fire – Marguerite & Armand

Water – Sleeping Beauty

Music: “The Long Story” by Damiano Baldoni with permission under license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PamBoehmeSimon For additional videos and info, please visit my fan site at https://sergeipoluningracefulbeast.com

Sergei Polunin is a Ukrainian ballet dancer famous for his “once every hundred years” talent, his incredulous elevation, his impeccable technique, and glorious dramatic range. He brought an unprecedented new awareness to ballet when he danced in Hozier’s viral video ”Take Me To Church.” He starred in Diesel’s “Make Love Not Walls” campaign, and is a much sought after model and actor. He has appeared in such films as Murder On The Orient Express, Dancer (a documentary of his life), White Crow, and Red Sparrow.

This is a ballet|Полунин балет iMovie by Pam Boehme Simon.

Thank you for watching.

Monochromatique

Monochromatique

Sergei Polunin / Сергей Полунин “Monochromatique” with Kristina Shapran

Video: George Harvey and Garage Magazine

Alternative Music: Peace Within by Peter Rudenko

Thank you for watching. Feel free to share! Please subscribe to my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PamBoehmeSi… For additional videos and more, visit my fan site at https://sergeipoluningracefulbeast.com

Sergei Polunin is a Ukrainian ballet dancer famous for his “once every hundred years” talent, his incredulous elevation, his impeccable technique, and glorious dramatic range. He brought an unprecedented new awareness to ballet when he danced in Hozier’s viral video ”Take Me To Church.” He starred in Diesel’s “Make Love Not Walls” campaign, and is a much sought after model and actor. He has appeared in such films as Murder On The Orient Express, Dancer (a documentary of his life), White Crow, and Red Sparrow.

This is a ballet|балет iMovie by Pam Boehme Simon.

“Yellow Bird” A Video

“Yellow Bird” A Video

Sergei Polunin / Сергей Полунин “Yellow Bird”

Clips from the ballet “Rhapsody”
Choreography by Sir Frederich Ashton

Alternative music: “Blizzard” by Kai Engel

Thank you for watching. Feel free to share!

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/c/PamBoehmeSi…

For additional videos and more, visit my blog at http://kindergiggle.blog
or my fan site at https://sergeipoluningracefulbeast.com

Sergei Polunin is a Ukrainian ballet dancer famous for his “once every hundred years” talent, his incredulous elevation, his impeccable technique, and glorious dramatic range. He brought an unprecedented new awareness to ballet when he danced in Hozier’s viral video ”Take Me To Church.” He starred in Diesel’s “Make Love Not Walls” campaign, and is a much sought after model and actor. He has appeared in such films as Murder On The Orient Express, Dancer (a documentary of his life), White Crow, and Red Sparrow.

This is a “Ballet|балет iMovie” by Pam Boehme Simon




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