Dancer

UK, Russia, Ukraine, USA, 2016, 85 min.

Director

Steven Cantor

Producer

Gabrielle Tana,
David LaChapelle

Scenario

Steven Cantor

Rights Holder

WestEnd Films

Rights Holder for Belarus

Centromobile Pioneer

DOP

Mark Wolf, Tom Hurwitz

Production

Magnolia Mae Films, Baby Cow Films, BBC Films

Party animal, bad boy, ballet genius, iconoclast: blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal. At the peak of his success, aged 22, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom. Polunin is dancing again today. But now, he wants to transform ballet, “a dying art form”, on its head. From archival footage of his childhood to in depth interviews by his family, friends and detractors, DANCER offers a uniquely personal portrait of a most singular dancer.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Steven Cantor

A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television and a founder of New York City based Stick Figure Productions. In 1994, he received an Academy Award nomination for his first documentary BLOOD TIES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF SALLY MANN. In 2004, he won an Emmy award for his PBS AMERICAN MASTERS film WILLIE NELSON: STILL IS STILL MOVING. Cantor’s other notable works include the films WHAT REMAINS (2005), loudQUIETloud (2006), I AM AN ANIMAL (2007), REPORTER (2009).

Selected filmography

2016 Dancer

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