Italy theatre cancels show by Putin-tattooed Russian dancer

An Italian theatre on Friday identified as off a show by a well known Russian dancer who has 3 tattoos of President Vladimir Putin on his chest and shoulders, reacting to on the internet protests about the artist’s scheduled look.

Sergei Polunin’s Jan 28-29 show at Milan’s Arcimboldi theatre was cancelled “owing to the pressing campaign (towards it) on the net and social media”, the theatre said on its web site.

Polunin was thanks to star in the ‘Rasputin – Dance Drama’ ballet, initially scheduled for 2019 and consistently postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The theatre said the cancellation was an act of “political and moral obligation”, presented “a local weather of tensions and threats”. A spokeswoman said the theatre had been subjected to an e-mail marketing campaign as nicely as numerous damaging messages on the web. 

The Arcimboldi, which mentioned it had taken the conclusion in agreement with the artist’s company, explained it was firmly from the war in Ukraine, noting it experienced staged demonstrates by the Russian dissidents’ team Pussy Riot and Ukrainian artists. 

Polunin, a single of the major names in the dance earth and a previous principal at the Royal Ballet in London, was born in Ukraine, but acquired Russian citizenship in 2018. There was no fast reply to a request for remark via his web-site.

In September, whilst on tour in Uzbekistan, he carried out a dance in armed service uniform for fallen Russian troopers, earning a reprimand from Uzbek authorities, who mentioned he experienced deviated from an agreed programme.

Performances by Russian artists and Russian artworks have come to be controversial in the West, in the wake of Moscow’s navy campaign towards Ukraine, which commenced on Feb. 24.

In Milan, the La Scala opera house sidelined Russian conductor Valery Gergiev just after he unsuccessful to condemn the invasion, but stood by its final decision to open up its 2022-2023 time with the Russian get the job done “Boris Godunov”.