Sergei Polunin may be one of the most famous ballet dancers in the world, but he has crossed over into so many other areas. Maybe you remember him from his iconic performance set to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” which went viral last year. And that was a raw, gut-wrenching performance. Almost more animal than human. But this video is something totally different— this feels like he’s from another world. “I am not even sure if this beautiful creature is a man,” says Misan Harriman, founder of What We Seee. “He is from the spirit world, he can’t fool me…”
And it certainly looks that way. On the Ports 1961 catwalk, he again shows that he will not be constrained by tradition or put in a box. “Formerly the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal, Polunin hit the headlines in 2012 for resigning from the position, saying he was unhappy and that, ‘the artist in me was dying.’ Subsequently earning the nickname the ‘bad boy of ballet’, Polunin is now the principal dancer with two prominent Russian theatres – Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre,” the video explains.
But he’s never scared to take on new challenges. And he’s no stranger to fashion— he’s modeled for Marc Jacobs, for crying out loud— but this video shows something truly special. Right on the Ports 1961 catwalk, he brought something completely different to the world of fashion. He starts out with more understated, controlled movement, before bursting out with a performance that will take your breath away. (Literally— I held mine for two minutes while I was watching.) He goes from looking like he’s moving under water to like he’s riding the wind, all in a matter of seconds.
Words can’t do it justice, so you can watch the whole video here:
This man knows no limits. He continues to push boundaries— and we can’t wait to see what he does next.