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Average of 34 ratings: 3.7 Stars

2016 M Contains nudity & drug references.

Icon. Genius. Rebel.

Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two 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.

Sergei Polunin, Jade Hale-Christofi
Steven Cantor
Music , Ballet

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85 minutes

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1.78:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English, Russian 5.1 Dolby Digital

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4.5 by Crysalis

Really fabulous documentary. Loved glimpsing the life events, relationships and personal qualities which shaped Polunin's journey. Not a huge fan of ballet, but me and my mother loved this film.

5 by Dazzleanne

with lots of video of his life from childhood to the present this is a fascinating story of an incredibly talented dancer. His dancing just takes your breath away.

5 by addy

If you're a ballet fan, this is a must, and even if you're not, it's still a terrific watch. However, Polunin's a difficult subject to like. His struggling family saw a seriously gifted child who loved... Read more

4 by OrangePeko

A fascinating documentary about life and dreams, and how parents and institutions can steal childhoods. Polunin is an exceptional ballet dancer, but his story would speak to many talented people who... Read more