Sergei Polunin walked away from a glittering career at London’s Royal Ballet and wants to make his name in the movies.
Every day I hoped I would be injured, then I wouldn’t have the option to dance anymore.
He’s danced in all the world’s major theaters, but it took a YouTube video to turn Sergei Polunin into a global star. A David LaChapelle directed clip of him dancing to Hozier’s Take Me To Church has become an internet sensation.
David wasn’t supposed to release the video. It was meant to premiere in my film, Dancer.
Sergei Polunin was the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer. At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom — his talent more a burden than a gift.
The story of his life in ballet is told in Dancer, a new cinema documentary by Steve Cantor.
The Ukrainian star has branched out into film acting. He’s made Red Sparrow, a spy thriller with Jennifer Lawrence, and appears in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s forthcoming Murder on the Orient Express.
Even with his promising film career, Polunin admits he may never shake off the “bad boy” tag.
Two years ago we tried to change this image, but I don’t think you can.