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Acclaimed ballet dancer Sergei Polunin sits for royal sculptor Frances Segelman

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:42

Internationally acclaimed dancer Sergei Polunin poses for royal sculptor Frances Segelman in a live-sculpt event at The Hospital Club in London. Jane Witherspoon reports.

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Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin swapped the stage for a modelling session, sitting for British sculptor Frances Segelman at a live-sculpting event in London. Segelman, who has sculpted Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, worked on a bust of the 27-year-old former Royal Ballet principal in front of a live audience. It took her a couple of hours to make the work of clay, which will be cast in bronze. She has previously live-sculpted actress Joanna Lumley and "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes. (SOUNDBITE) Sculptor, Frances Segelman, saying (English): "Well I saw a photograph of him and I just thought he would make such a wonderful subject, the fact that he has these tattoos and it's unconventional. It excited me." Polunin who quit The Royal Ballet in 2012 after two years said that he wasn't comfortable with dancing at the time and his only option was to move on. (SOUNDBITE) Ballet Dancer, Sergei Polunin, saying (English): "I wasn't happy with my industry, I'm not gonna be lie it's much less developed than any other industry so of course it was easier to move on to something more developed. Fortunately or unfortunately I am back to dancing and we have an amazing team supportive team which can help and do something in the dance world" He says he won't rule out a return to the Royal Ballet. (SOUNDBITE) Ballet Dancer, Sergei Polunin, saying (English): "I am looking into do some shows with Royal Ballet and I hope this will happen, I don't think I will permanently ever join any company but I would love to participate in interesting shows and Royal Ballet is an amazing company and I do want to be part of it." Polunin returns to the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London with Project Polunin from Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 March.

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Acclaimed ballet dancer Sergei Polunin sits for royal sculptor Frances Segelman

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:42