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Dancer (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 10 March 2017 (UK)
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Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.


Steven Cantor
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Cast overview:
Sergei Polunin ... Self
Galyna Polunina Galyna Polunina ... Self - mother of Sergei Polunin
Galina Ivanovna Galina Ivanovna ... Self - Sergei Polunin's first dance teacher
Larysa Lavrikova Larysa Lavrikova ... Self - Sergei Polunin's grandmother
Valia Polunina Valia Polunina ... Self - Sergei Polunin's grandmother
Vladymyr Polunin Vladymyr Polunin ... Self - Sergei Polunin's father
Jade Hale-Christofi Jade Hale-Christofi ... Self
Valentino Zucchetti Valentino Zucchetti ... Self
Salvatore Scalzo Salvatore Scalzo ... Self
Monica Mason Monica Mason ... Self - former artistic director of the Royal Ballet
Tony Hall Tony Hall ... Self - chief executive of the Royal Opera House
Igor Zelensky Igor Zelensky ... Self
David LaChapelle ... Self


Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

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Icon. Genius. Rebel.


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Did You Know?


Sergei did not want to watch the documentary because he doesn't like watching himself dance and was tricked into seeing it by his good friend who filmed him in "take me to church". He found that it had good rhythm and nice music, although he was grasping his friend's knee throughout the projection. See more »


Take Me to Church
Written by Hozier (as Andrew Hozier-Byrne)
Performed by Hozier
Courtesy of Island
Published by The Evolving Music Company Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
Under exclusive license to Sony/ATV & EMI Music (UK) Ltd.
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Took my breath away
7 May 2018 | by shepyanksSee all my reviews

I happen to love dance of all types (big on ballet) which peaked my interest with it being THE Sergei. Best dancer in history, hands down. This is a movie, however, for everyone, not just dancers. I do think those who aren't 'into' dance will be after seeing this doc!

This was one of the most interesting and beautiful documentaries I have seen, and I have viewed a lot of them. The movie was fresh throughout, whereas some docs either start fresh and interesting then become a total yawnfest and stale by the middle.

Sergei's story is remarkable, impressive, one to be shared over and over and over again. He is an icon and legend for his fierce, artistic, poetic, athletic dance first and foremost, but to see where it all started is fantastic.

The final dance literally took my breath away.

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English | Russian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancer See more »

Filming Locations:

Kherson, Ukraine See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,140, 11 September 2016

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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