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DANCER

by Steven Cantor

synopsis

The world describes him as "the James Dean of the ballet world", "a theatre animal with an extraordinary natural sense of belonging on the stage", "the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation", "one of the dance world’s hottest young stars". Originally from Ukraine, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm. He became The Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal. He also made ballet go viral when he danced in the clip "Take Me to Church" directed specially for him by David LaChapelle. But virtuosity comes with a high price. He admits he sometimes went on stage under the influence of cocaine. He used various substances. At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away citing burnout as the reason. How can you be free to be yourself when you are ballet’s "hottest property"? A riveting portrait of "ballet's bad boy".

international title: Dancer
original title: Dancer
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: WestEnd Films
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Steven Cantor
film run: 82'
release date: GB 10/03/2017
cast: Sergei Polunin
cinematography by: Mark Wolf
film editing: Federico Rosenzvit
music: Ilan Eshkeri
producer: Gabrielle Tana
production: BBC Films, Baby Cow Films, Magnolia Mae Films [US], Stick Figure Productions [US]

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main awards/selection

Zurich Film Festival 2016 
BFI London Film Festival 2016 
Warsaw Film Festival 2016 
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