Blog › Dancer

Dancer

Posted Dec. 23, 2016, 8:22 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Dancer
Film review premiere
Leichhardt Norton Theatre
November 25, 2016

Palace Norton Cinema proved to be an adequate forum for Dancer - a 2016 French biographical musical drama film offering an intimate look into the life and journey of Sergei Polunin, who became the world’s youngest ever principal dancer at the Royal Ballet School. Renowned for combining grace and power, we follow Polunin through his times in the highly competitive arena of artistic dancing, the physical and emotional toll it takes and the impact his career had on his family, parts of which immigrated to different parts of Europe to pay for his education,

What the film does well is documenting and witnessing it all without passing judgment.

It starts in the Ukraine, painting a picture of the dire circumstances Polunin emerged from and his family’s dedication to enable him to live a different, more prosperous and fulfilling life.

His relationship with his family, strained by his move to the UK is a red thread in The Dancer, with Polunin finding success in the world of elite dancing as the glue to reunite his family. There is an omnipresent sense of guilt for his families’ sacrifices and a focus on the artist being in emotional distress, confusion and torment while striving for perfection as a dancer.

The movie also portrays Polunin as a rock star and bad boy of the ballet scene with everything that comes with its consuming lifestyle, i.e. late night party escapades and debauchery – a view of him that he seems to cultivate and revel in.

The Dancer culminates in a full-length music video of Polunin dancing to Hozier's “Take Me to Church,” which was a viral internet success and seems to signify his rebirth, emancipation and liberation, which is ins stark contrast to the VHS home-video footage of Polunin capturing his growth as both a dancer and a man.

What makes the documentary relatable is that it is not sensationalistic but a sympathetic, multi-layered portrait of an artist in flux struggling with his isolation on the top of his craft, background, success, perfection, remorse and personal desires.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Girlvert memoir by Oriana Small

Posted by T
March 27, 2020, 9:24 p.m.

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir Oriana Small Rare Bird Books   The title of this tome is a telling one as it details a span of ten years that evolve from ... read more

Static Shock Weekend

Posted by Mirza
March 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Static Shock Weekend London, UK March 2020 It feels weird to be writing this review now. Just days after returning from London and Static Shock Records annual DIY hardcore punk ... read more

Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self

Posted by T
March 20, 2020, 7:06 p.m.

Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self Yale University Press   Classifying Caspar David Friedrich’s oeuvre and paintings as “atmospheric” would be an understatement par excellence. The way CDF channelled ... read more

Whisky: A Tasting Course book review

Posted by T
March 16, 2020, 6:29 p.m.

Whisky Eddie Ludlow DK Australia   Eddie Ludlow’s mission consists not only of preaching to the converted and expanding their horizons but getting non-believers turned on to whisky – the ... read more

Water of Life–Meticulousness & Attention to Detail

Posted by T
March 15, 2020, 10:01 a.m.

Water of Life – Meticulousness and Attention to Detail The AMC series Breaking Bad has chronicled the exploits of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord who ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.