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 moreto dance, and made massive, life changing efforts to give him the best chance in life he could have. He repays that devotion by becoming a star, then punishes everyone around him by giving it all up. Or pretending to. Because although his drug taking and alcohol fueled tantrums are legendary, and his stardom has dimmed, he's still dancing. In fact he's in NZ right now. If he'd decided to take an entirely different career path, you'd buy into his angst. But he hasn't.
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.