What happens when you walk away from being the embodiment of your profession? Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm as an astonishing prodigy, gifted with both power and poise, and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principle performer. But his meteoric rise hid the pressures of his family, and of a childhood that was only work, no play. Teetering under enormous expectation and gazing into the abyss of self-destruction, at 25 Polunin turned his back on stardom and ballet.
Director Steve Cantor follows Polunin on a ‘what happens next’ journey in DANCER, asking how a person can recover and re-establish themselves when they turn away from a life that had been created for them, and what is left to achieve when you’ve already been the best in the world. DANCER is an unprecedented look at a complex young artist, his rise, fall, and the viral performance that could drag him back to dance.
Some Russian, Ukrainian language, English subtitles
Release Date: December 8, 2016
Running time: 1hr 25mins