In February 2015, renowned American photographer David La Chapelle quietly released a video on the internet.
READ MORE In some ways, the star of Steven Cantor’s documentary “Dancer” is not Sergei Polunin, the volatile former Royal Ballet principal, but the music video he starred in. Polunin, bare-chested and tattooed, sliding to the floor, arching his back like a cat and leaping into the air to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” It’s pure angst.
There’s more of that in this ponderous documentary, in which Mr.
La Chapelle’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...