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DANCER

DANCER

Steven Cantor · UK/Ukraine · 2015 · 85 mins · PG
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Ukraine-born ballet superstar Sergei Polunin loves to dance but doesn’t always know why. That internal conflict is at the heart of Steven Cantor’s sensitive, luxuriantly filmed documentary about the princely, magnetic Polunin, “Dancer,” a title that in the 26-year-old artist’s eyes could variously be a badge of honor or a provocation.

A jubilant, talented child born in poverty-stricken Kherson, Polunin’s obvious talent earned him a place at London’s Royal Ballet School for training. In record time he was named a principal at the Royal Ballet: at 19, making him the youngest ever. But separated from his family, Polunin veered toward cynical burnout, which led to behavior that earned him a reputation as ballet’s bad boy.

From memorable, early home videos depicting a graceful boy and physically commanding teenage prodigy to the fiercely emotional, tattooed star of the “Take Me to Church” video that became a viral sensation, “Dancer” becomes a gentle inquiry into how a gifted performer disrupts his life in order to test his passion. –L.A. Times
Top 10 Audience Favourite! Calgary International Film Festival
This documentary captures those moments where youth and artistry and astonishing talent merge into reckless, glorious dance, emblazoned on a vast screen. I gasped, more than once.  Seattle Times
Cast Jade Hale-Christofi, Sergei Polunin
     
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