Russian ballet star Sergei Polunin to officially open EXIT

After last year’s speech of the activists from the global movement Standing Rock, and the touching and inspirational words of one of the world’s best motivational speakers, Nick Vujičić and the final performance of the musical Hair, with over 30 actors on the scene, this year’s EXIT will be opened by the Russian ballet star, Sergei Polunin.

Called “the James Dean of the ballet world”, Polunin is known for his unusual and rebellious dance interpretations. At tender age of 19, he became the principal dancer of the London Royal Ballet.

Polunin has performed on all major world stages, including Milan’s Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow, and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Known for his rebellion against the establishment and urging for the classical ballet to become less elitist, Polunin says that his performance at EXIT is just one more step in his non-classic stage expression: “I cannot wait to perform at the best European festival .This year’s theme is entirely in line with my artistic sensibility. Freedom is what we all need to strive for. Freedom for me is essential, and the appearance at Exit is a manifestationof that freedom.”

In 2014, Polunin started his collaboration with the famed American photographer and music director David LaChapelle and took part in his new projects, including a dance video to the song “Take Me to Church” by Hozier in February 2015. The video went viral and exposed Polunin to a wider audience. Polunin was the subject of the 2016 documentary film Dancer, directed by Steven Cantor, analyzing his childhood, training, and rise to international fame.

Recently, he set up Project Polunin, which aims to create new dance and ballet works for both stage and film. Project Polunin aims to bring together dancers, contemporary artists, musicians and choreographers from various creative backgrounds to work together.[

Polunin made his American feature film debut in the 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, followed by a performance in the 2018 film Red Sparrow.

On Thursday, apart from Migos, Fever Ray and LP, the EXIT visitors will be able to hear Richie Hawtin, Amelie Lens, Ben Clock, Adam Bexer b2b Ida Engberg, Dog Eat Dog, Sevdaliz, Marko Louis and many others, and the ticket price for this night is 2.990 dinars. On Friday, EXIT will be hosted by French Montana, Ziggy Marley, Jax Jones, Carl Craig, Maceo Plex, Cockney Rejects, Madball, Rødhåd, Bad Copy, Mike Servito, Marko Nastić, Idles and many others.

The ticket price for Friday’s performances is 2,990 dinars. The price for the Saturday is the same, on this day the audiences will be able to enjoy in performances by Grace Jones, Offenbach, Guy Gerber, Solomun, Boris Brejcha, Delta Heavy, Disciples, Helena Hauff, Slaves, Bajaga and Instruktori, Bombers, Nikola Vranjkovic, Sunshine …

The weekly ticket currently costs 3.590 dinars, and the finale of this year’s Exit is reserved for the stars of the electronic dance scene David Guetta and Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Alice Merton, Joseph Capriati, Tale of Us, Asian Dub Foundation, Mahmut Orhan , Zhu, Kölsch, MY BABY, Bojana Vunturišević, Krešo Bengalka, Vojko V and hundreds of performers in more than 40 party zones and music stages on Petrovaradin Fortress.

This year, EXIT takes place from 12th to 15th July.

(Blic, 05.07.2018)

https://www.blic.rs/kultura/vesti/svetska-baletska-superzvezda-sergej-polunjin-otvara-exit-festival/0jzfgkt

Photo credits: David LaChapelle / Promo

 

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