Royal Artist Frances Segelman Sculpts Ballet Dancer Sergei Polunin




Internationally acclaimed dancer Sergei Polunin sits for royal sculptor Frances Segelman on 17 January 2017 at the Hospital Club ahead of Sergei’s return to the Sadler’s Wells stage with Project Polunin.

Frances Segelman said, “Sergei is such a talented dancer – I am thrilled to sculpt him and support Project Polunin, which will create new dance and ballet works through the collaboration of dancers with contemporary artists, musicians, and choreographers for both stage and film.”

“Without question the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation” – The Observer

Project Polunin, taking place from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 March, is a triple bill of classical and modern pieces. The programme at Sadler’s Wells will include the UK premiere of Vladimir Vasiliev’s Icarus and Tea or Coffee, a company piece choreographed by Andrey Kaydanovskiy. The programme will also feature the world premiere of Echo and Narcissus, a piece co-created by Polunin in collaboration with composer Ilan Eshkeri and photographer and artist David LaChapelle. Polunin previously collaborated with LaChapelle, performing in his interpretation of Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’. Eshkeri wrote the music for Polunin’s biographical film Dancer, a film about Sergei Polunin’s life and work that will be released in UK cinemas on 10 March.

Ukrainian ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin trained at the Kiev Choreographic State School and The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet, where he rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming their youngest principal ever.

Self-taught Frances Segelman has reached the top of the sculpting profession having sculpted a wide variety of public figures including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. An established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics, and sports Frances Segelman’s recent commissions include Boris Johnson, Lord Julian Fellowes and Joanna Lumley.

Frances Segelman’s sculpting event at The Hospital Club includes photographs of Sergei Polunin by award-winning photographer Rick Guest, wire mesh art by internationally renowned sculptor David Begbie, light box painting by artist and curator Simon Tarrant and life drawing by artist Victoria Perloff.

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