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Dramatic Ballet Dance Drama: Rasputin
Classic ballet and contemporary dance fans will not want to miss dramatic dance drama Rasputin which explores the dichotomy between power and weakness, good and evil.
Performing the titular role of Grigori Rasputin is Ukrainian ballet superstar Sergei Polunin, who at the age of 21 became the London Royal Ballet’s youngest-ever male principal dancer.
Two years later in 2012, the ballet prodigy shocked the ballet world with his sudden decision to quit the company. He swiftly re-emerged in Russia, dancing with the Stanislavsky Music Theatre, and has gone on to develop a parallel career as an actor, appearing in films like Murder on the Orient Express. He has also reached a new audience on YouTube through the viral video Take Me To Church. Polunin is now compared to ballet icons Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov by the British media, and described as the most gifted male dancer of his generation.
Polunin’s effortless command over dance is apparent in his skillful portrayal of Rasputin’s complex psychology, moral ambivalence and his effect on the Russian court. He showcases the febrile personality of the title’s character in expressive characterisation and frenetic bouts of solo dancing which he deliberately keeps rough around the edges in ferocious multiple spins and soaring jumps.
The ballet performance tells the tale of Russian mystic man Rasputin, who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia and whose mysterious influence over the royal family triggered the demise of the Romanov Dynasty.
The ballet is presented as a chamber piece, playing out on a black-and-white chessboard set designed by the multi-talented Hamburg Ballet principal dancer Otto Bubenicek, along with allegorical figures move, largely representing the fate of the heroes.
The enthralling production is choreographed by former Hamburg Ballet dancer and first Japanese soloist Yuka Oishi, with music scored by Kirill Richter, Russia’s most prominent representative of the neoclassical music scene.
2 & 3 May
Saturday: 2pm & 8pm
Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
From $50 to $1,320 from SISTIC or Marina Bay Sands www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing
Photos courtesy of Luca Vantusso