Volatile bal­let star quits Lon­don pro­duc­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON — One of the bal­let world’s bright­est but most volatile stars has van­ished, again.

Sergei Pol­unin had been due to star in a dance piece based on Billy Hayes’ prison mem­oir Mid­night Ex­press open­ing next week in Lon­don.

But di­rec­tor Peter Schau­fuss says the 23-year-old dancer did not show up for re­hearsals on Wed­nes­day.

The Ukrainian be­came the youngest-ever male prin­ci­pal dancer at Bri­tain’s Royal Bal­let when he was 19, but walked out of the com­pany last year, say­ing he was giv­ing up dance.

He later said he had quit be­cause he was un­der too much pres­sure.

Pol­unin has since re­turned to per­form­ing with Moscow’s Stanislavsky Bal­let and has made guest ap­pear­ances with the Royal Bal­let.

Pol­unin’s where­abouts could not im­me­di­ately be de­ter­mined Fri­day.

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