Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sergei Polunin will no longer be performing in Midnight Express at the London Coliseum April 9-14. Johan Christensen from the Peter Schaufuss Ballet, who was in rehearsals with Polunin, will dance the title role of Billy Hayes in his place.
The real Billy Hayes has arrived in the UK today to consult on the production.
PRE PERFORMANCE TALK & BOOK SIGNING BY BILLY HAYES - Thurs 11 April 5.15pm, tickets £5
We are pleased to announce that Billy Hayes will be giving a pre performance talk at the London Coliseum Thursday 11th April at 5.15pm, tickets can be bought at the Coliseum Box Office call 020 7845 9300
Born in the Ukraine, he joined the Royal Ballet School in 2003. His awards include gold medal in the Prix de Lausanne and the Sixth Lifar International Ballet Competition, 2007 Young British Dancer of the Year and the Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix. Polunin Joined the Royal Ballet in 2007, and was promoted to Principal, 2010. He was also awarded the Outstanding Performance (Classical) award from the Critics Circle in the same year.
Sergei’s repertory includes Lensky EUGENE ONEGIN, Solor & Bronze Idol LA BAYADERE, Hans-Peter/Nutcracker NUTCRACKER, the Prince in NUTCRACKER, SLEEPING BEAUTY & CINDERELLA, as well as leading roles in DANCES AT A GATHERING, L’INVITATION AU VOYAGE, VOLUNTARIES, JUDAS TREE, SYMPHONY IN C and THEME & VARIATIONS.
Polunin is now a Principal dancer with the Stanislavsky Theatre and the Peter Schaufuss Ballet is delighted to welcome Sergei as a Guest Dancer for the 2012/2013 Season.
People's Artist of Russia (2008) • Prize winner and recipient of the Grand prix at the International Ballet Competition (Paris, 1990) • Recipient of the Baltika prize (2001)
Born in Labinsk. Graduated from the Tbilisi School of Ballet, and trained at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Zelensky joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company in 1988, and three years later became a soloist. He has performed every major role in the ballet repertoire and taken part in all of the Theatre's touring projects. In1990 Igor joined Deutsche Open (Berlin) as a Guest Principal, where he performed productions by Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit and George Balanchine. In1992 Igor danced with New York City Ballet for five years, where his repertoire included, APOLLO, THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS, WESTERN SYMPHONY & THE NUTCRACKER.
Igor performed with the Royal Ballet as a Guest Principal from 1996, his repertoire included MANON and ROMEO & JULIET and GISELLE (Peter Wright version). Zelensky has performed as a Guest Principal all over the world including, La Scala (Milan), the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Colón (Buenos Aires) and theatres in Boston, San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro. In 2000 he was Principal Guest Soloist at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre, where he performed lead roles in LA BAYADERE and SWAN LAKE. From 2001 to 2006 he was Assistant Director of the Athens Opera House staging of DON QUIXOTE, RAYMONDA, SWAN LAKE, SLEEPING BEAUTY and LA BAYADERE. Since 2006 Igor Zelensky has been Artistic Director of the ballet company of the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Zelensky is now the Artistic Director of Ballet for the Stanislavsky Theatre and the peter Schaufuss Ballet are delighted to welcome him as a Guest Dancer for the 2012/2013 season.
Wayne Eagling is a former Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden and is a leading international choreographer and director. Born in Montreal, Canada in 1950, Eagling spent much of his early life in California, where he attended the Patricia Ramsey School of Dance Arts. After deciding to pursue a career as a professional dancer, Eagling was invited to take a place at the Royal Ballet School in London. Eagling joined the Royal Ballet company in 1969, he was promoted Soloist in 1972 and promoted to Principal in 1975. During his time with the company he partnered a number of notable dancers, including Dame Margot Fonteyn, and also worked with the renowned British choreographer Sir Kenneth Macmillan. After retiring from the Royal Ballet in 1991, he decided to continue his career in dance as a choreographer and director, becoming Artistic Director of the Dutch National Ballet from 1991-2003. He has choreographed numerous dance works for the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School, La Scala, Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Rome Opera and Kremlin Ballet Theatre.
In 2005, Eagling was appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet in London. He was chosen for his training in and experience of British ballet and was also the Artistic Director for the English National Ballet School.