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Dancer 2016 12

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

He’s been called ‘The bad boy of ballet,’ and is regarded as ‘the most talented male dancer of his generation’. Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin has been a media favourite for both his prodigious natural talent and his excessive lifestyle. The Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal, he shocked the dancing world when he stormed off after just two years, deeply unhappy. He was reported to have felt cursed by his gift and crushed by the burden of stardom. This captivating documentary, which features a wealth of archive footage and interviews, traces Polunin’s journey, from his childhood, through his family background and the sacrifices that were made to send him to the Royal Ballet school at the age of 13. From there it records his rise to ballet stardom, culminating in his collaboration with David LaChapelle on the remarkable music video accompanying Hozier’s Take Me to Church. A rocking soundtrack completes this portrait of a hugely talented and complex artist.

Filmmaker Steven Cantor captures Polunin’s deft balance of rebellion and grace in this insightful documentary, which played at festivals all around the world, including London Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, and Warsaw Film Festival.

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Directed by

David Lachapelle

Steven Cantor


Julie Kavanagh

Sergei Polunin


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