Directed by Steven Cantor
85 min | 2016 | United Kingdom | Not Rated
Presented in English and Russian with English subtitles.
•Post-film Q&A with director Steven Cantor moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But a few years later—at the height of his success—he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor’s Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Yet, beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.
ABOUT SERGEI POLUNIN:
“The James Dean of the ballet world.” Daily Telegraph
“The youngest-ever star of one of the world’s great ballet companies.” Intelligent Life
“One of the dance world’s hottest young stars.” Stage
“Without question, the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation.” The Observer
“A theatre animal with an extraordinary natural sense of belonging on the stage.” Monica Mason, former director of the Royal Ballet