What happens when the "bad boy of ballet" meets a Pop Art provocateur?
Despite his atypical taste for dark prison tattoos and a collection of self-inflicted scars, troubled Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin is widely considered one of the best in the world. Since resigning as principal dancer of the British Royal Ballet in 2012, Polunin cleaned up his act and became a fashion favorite.
He appeared in a Marc Jacobs campaign last year, and was featured in fashion magazines
i-D and Numéro, in which he opened up about his drug use and experimenting with scarification. Now, the dancer has set his gaze on Hollywood, and hopes to become a bona fide actor under the mentorship of another repenting bad boy, Mickey Rourke.
Photographer David LaChapelle has taken notice, and recently teamed up with the dancer to give a new visual interpretation to Hozier’s "Take Me To Church". Though it failed to win a Grammy last night, the song is getting a new lease of life after a show-stopping performance with Annie Lennox, and now through Polunin's mesmerizing dance moves.
Watch him in motion, below: