Sergei Polunin

Principal, permanent guest

Sergei Polunin was born in the Ukraine and joined the Royal Ballet School, London, in 2003 aged 13. In 2007 he graduated into the Company as an Artist, was promoted to soloist in 2008, to first soloist in 2009 and to principal in 2010. He resigned from the company in 2012 and joined the Stanislavsky and Nemirowich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre as a senior principal. Today he works as a freelance artist and is permanent guest artist for the Bayerisches Staatsballett.

(Information as of Nov 2017)


  • Gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne Ballet Competition (2006)
  • Young British Dancer of the year (2007)
  • Youth America Grand Prix (2007)
  • Nominations for the Critics' Circle Best Male Dancer (2010, 2011)
  • Golden Mask (2014)

Repertoire (selection)

Solor and Bronze Idol in La Bayadère (M. Petipa)
Des Grieux in Manon (K. MacMillan)
Prince in The Nutcracker
Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa)
Prince in Cinderella
Lensky in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (C. Wheeldon)
Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake
Albrecht in Giselle (M. Petipa)
Franz in Coppélia
Basil in Don Quixote
Prince Rudolf in Mayerling (K. MacMillan)

Debuts with the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Albrecht in Giselle (P. Wright/M. Petipa)
Solor in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
Crassus in Spartacus (Y. Grigorovich)
Petrucchio in Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Jean de Brienne in Raymonda (M. Petipa/R. Barra)
Franz in Coppélia (R. Petit)