28 May 2019

Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin: once a superstar, now reviled

He was the Royal Ballet School’s youngest ever principal dancer, his talents compared to ballet greats like Nureyev and Baryshnikov. Sergei Polunin, born in Ukraine, became a superstar in Britain and danced in a music video which became a viral sensation.

But then came a series of rants on social media praising Vladimir Putin, and railing against gay dancers, women and people who were overweight. It’s cost him not just support, but jobs and sponsorship too.

We haveĀ been to meet him.