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Update: 30 May, 2019 12:14 PM
Sergei Polunin \'I wanted to show I was the worst\'

Sergei Polunin \'I wanted to show I was the worst\'

Sergei Polunin doesn't believe in regrets. Photo: BBC

The last time he made headlines was with what some claimed were homophobic posts online (although he denies it). Sergei Polunin has been followed by controversy since he quit the Royal Ballet in London at 22. Can he remain the media's favourite "bad boy of ballet?"

Polunin sits in the Number One dressing room at the London Palladium and tries to sum up the ballet Rasputin, which is getting its premiere there this week. He's dancing the title part.

"I think often people know about Rasputin in Russian history - but know only a little bit.

"He's an interesting man, who in general I think meant well. But he was a holy man and a healer and to heal you need to stay pure. (The choreographer) Yuka Oishi has made a very human story: Rasputin had his own demons and his own dark spot where he went in his head."

Some critics might suggest Polunin, who's 29, could be talking about himself. Since he abruptly quit the Royal Ballet, where he'd been the youngest principal dancer ever, he's had a reputation for following his own path. Some think he's damaged his potential as the great male dancer of his generation.

He's a quiet talker prone to discuss life in big terms such as truth and spirit. He has good English but the flow of concepts remains Russian.

He says he doesn't believe in regrets but he knows some people were hurt and angered by comments on masculinity he made on Instagram at the end of last year - though he insists they were in no way anti-gay.

He'd been about to appear with the Paris Opera Ballet and the comments read in part:

"Man up to all men who is doing ballet there is already ballerina on stage don't need to be two. Man should be a man and woman should be a woman. Masculine and Feminine energies creates balance (...) Need a good slap to wake you up Unbelievable!!!"

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