James Dean of Ballet Leaps onto Prague Screen

A documentary about Ukrainian ballet dancer and viral sensation Sergei Polunin has its premiere at the Royal this month

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 21.11.2016 13:49:32 (updated on 21.11.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin is the youngest principal male dancer in the history of the Royal Ballet in London, but as the star of the David LaChapelle-directed viral video of Hozier’s “Take me to Church” and a tattooed Marc Jacobs model, he is also among the industry’s largest personalities.

A new documentary, Dancer, which will premiere at the Royal this month, brings Polunin’s life story to the big screen, chronicling his rise from poor family beginnings in Kherson, Ukraine to one of the most talented and controversial ballet dancers of his generation.

Directed by Steven Cantor, the bio-doc had its US premiere at the IFC Center and Lincoln Center in New York. Vinohrady’s Royal Theatre will show the documentary for two nights only on November 27 and 28 at 19:00.


Event producer Milosh Harajda says that he expects a strong local interest in the film:

“After a seeing a preview in London I realized that the story is a must-see for the Czech and Slovak audience. In London or New York the public will appreciate the artistic value of this documentary work, but due to our history and geographical location, Dancer will resonate with local audiences differently.”

Polunin resigned from the Royal Ballet in 2012. He is currently a principal dancer with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The film was recently nominated for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards.

Tickets and further details are available on the Royal website.

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