Italy theatre cancels show by Putin-tattooed Russian dancer

An Italian theatre on Friday identified as off a show by a outstanding Russian dancer who has 3 tattoos of President Vladimir Putin on his chest and shoulders, reacting to online protests in excess of the artist’s scheduled visual appeal.

Sergei Polunin’s Jan 28-29 clearly show at Milan’s Arcimboldi theatre was cancelled “because of to the urgent marketing campaign (towards it) on the world-wide-web and social media”, the theatre reported on its website.

Polunin was thanks to star in the ‘Rasputin – Dance Drama’ ballet, originally scheduled for 2019 and continuously postponed because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The theatre stated the cancellation was an act of “political and moral responsibility”, offered “a local climate of tensions and threats”. A spokeswoman stated the theatre had been subjected to an email campaign as properly as many unfavorable messages on-line. 

The Arcimboldi, which reported it experienced taken the determination in arrangement with the artist’s business, stated it was firmly against the war in Ukraine, noting it experienced staged demonstrates by the Russian dissidents’ group Pussy Riot and Ukrainian artists. 

Polunin, just one of the most important names in the dance environment and a previous principal at the Royal Ballet in London, was born in Ukraine, but obtained Russian citizenship in 2018. There was no immediate reply to a ask for for comment by way of his web page.

In September, when on tour in Uzbekistan, he done a dance in navy uniform for fallen Russian soldiers, earning a reprimand from Uzbek authorities, who mentioned he had deviated from an agreed programme.

Performances by Russian artists and Russian artworks have turn into controversial in the West, in the wake of Moscow’s armed forces campaign in opposition to Ukraine, which commenced on Feb. 24.

In Milan, the La Scala opera dwelling sidelined Russian conductor Valery Gergiev just after he failed to condemn the invasion, but stood by its determination to open up its 2022-2023 year with the Russian do the job “Boris Godunov”.