TIFF 2021: The ballet superstar Sergei Polunin to perform for the first time in Romania

Oana Vasiliu 17/06/2021 | 11:45

The ballet superstar Sergei Polunin, considered the most talented dancer of his generation, comes to Romania for the first time, at the Transilvania International Film Festival 2021 (TIFF), which is going to happen between July 23 and August 1, 2021. 

 Fans will get the chance to see him on Thursday, July 29, at 8:30 PM at the Bánffy Castle in Bonțida, in the special event Sergei Polunin Up, Close and Personal. The day before, July 28, at 7 PM, at the Students Culture House in Cluj, the dancer will meet with the audience of Dancer, the moving documentary on Polunin’s eventful life, directed by Steven Cantor.

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Sergei Polunin comes for the first time in Romania

His admirers will have the chance to see him dancing in the spectacular setting of Bánffy Castle in Bonțida, where he will be the protagonist of an exceptional show, Sergei Polunin Up, Close and Personal.

The show will begin with Bolero, a performance in which Ravel’s masterpiece acquires new dimensions through the movements of the famous dancer, amplified by the visual effects made by Teun van der Zalm. Ross Freddie Ray signs the concept and choreography of the show. The evening will continue with Sacré, based on The Rite of Spring, by Igor Stravinsky, and inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s style, in the choreographic vision of the Japanese artist Yuka Oishi.

After the show, Sergei Polunin will have a Q&A session with the public. Tickets can be purchased from here.

Born in 1989 in Ukraine, Sergei Polunin became the youngest lead dancer in the history of the London Royal Ballet at only 19 years of age.

Appreciated for his artistic genius, his phenomenal technique, and his hypnotic stage presence, Polunin danced at the Bolshoi and the Stanislavsky Theaters, the Scala and the Paris Operas, and is currently a permanent guest of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. He also travels the world with shows produced by Polunin Ink, the dance company he founded.

In 2019, he lead “Romeo and Juliet” with Alina Cojocaru. His most popular turn to date is David LaChapelle’s video for Hozier’s song “Take Me to Church,” which gathered over 29 million views on YouTube.

In recent years, Polunin also worked in films like Murder on the Orient Express (directed by Kenneth Branagh), Red Sparrow (directed by Francis Lawrence), or The White Crow (directed by Ralph Fiennes). Known as the “bad boy of ballet” on account of his rebellious style, his impulsive departures from renowned companies (including his first, from the London Royal Ballet, at only 21), and his controversial statements, Polunin is the subject of a revealing documentary by Steven Cantor, Dancer, which will be shown at Transilvania IFF on Wednesday, July 28, at 7 PM, at the Students Culture House in Cluj before a Q&A with its star subject.

In accordance with the regulations in force and taking into account the number of seats at the event on July 29, at Bánffy Castle in Bonțida, access will only be granted to those vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has completed the immunization schedule 10 days before the event; to those who present a negative result of an RT-PCR test no older than 72 hours before the start of the event; and to those who present the negative result certified by a medical unit of a rapid antigen test carried out no longer than 24 hours before the start of the event.

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