Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Young Buck Polunin Back with a Bang

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Young Buck Polunin Back with a Bang

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Byline: LYNDSEY WINSHIP

REVIEW marguerite and armand Royal Opera House, WC2 'TREAT 'em mean, keep 'em keen' is a maxim that seems to be working for Sergei Polunin, the wunderkind who walked out of the Royal Ballet last year.

London balletomanes were salivating at his return last night, to dance with another deserter, star ballerina Tamara Rojo.

It was the first of Rojo's official farewell performances, but the reappearance of Polunin was just as big a draw.

The evening is a pick 'n' mix programme of works by choreographer Frederick Ashton but it's all a warm-up for the main event: Rojo and Polunin in Marguerite and Armand, a drama with a capital D originally created for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. Could the experienced Rojo and young buck Polunin match the passionate heights of that iconic partnership? They certainly went for it full pelt.

Polunin bounds into view with a stagey theatricality that is very Nureyev, all swelling chest and bared teeth. …

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