Although Ukrainian by birth and Royal Ballet School trained, he dances in the Russian manner so comparisons with Nureyev are inevitable. Polunin, who is terrifically handsome, bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous predecessor and he dances Armand with a palpable mix of passion and anger. There is a muscular excitement to his immaculately executed moves, and a thrilling romantic sweep that takes the breath away.
Tamara Rojo is no less brilliant, her Marguerite a wondrous combination of frailty and unbounded joy. Together, they turn Ashton’s stylish ballet into a red-hot tale of love won and lost.
via The Times
Photo: Rojo and Polunin – ROH/Tristram Kenton