Sergei Polunin, who made principal dancer of the Royal Ballet only to quit two years later, is the focus of Steven Cantor’s documentary, “Dancer.” The film focuses on Mr. Polunin’s rise to notoriety from a child prodigy in the Ukraine to enduring his parents’ divorce as a teenager to earning the label of “bad boy” at the Royal Ballet due to his well-known drug and alcohol use.
- There’s more of that in this ponderous documentary, in which Mr. LaChapelle’s video is featured, as well as background music like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”
- A prodigious talent from Ukraine with a determined stage mother, Mr. Polunin is a controversial figure in the ballet world.
- After he was named a principal at the Royal Ballet at 19, he quit just two years later.
“At its core, “Dancer” focuses on Mr. Polunin’s relationship with his family and how his parents’ divorce — while he was a student at the Royal Ballet School — reverberates throughout his career.”