Polunin in David LaChapelle's video to Hozier's "Take Me to Church." Photo via Dance Magazine.

There's a New Documentary About Sergei Polunin, and It Looks Amazing

There are times when Sergei Polunin's life seems straight out of a movie. From his notorious rebelliousness—exemplified by his shocking decision to walk away from his promising career at The Royal Ballet—to his glamorous relationship with Natalia Osipova to his trademark tattoos, the international ballet superstar has had his fair share of drama. We can never predict what he's going to do next, but let's face it—that's part of the reason we love him.

So when we heard there would be a new documentary about his life, it seemed only fitting. The trailer for the film, Dancer, was just released, and from the looks of it, there will be tons of jaw-dropping footage of Polunin in motion. In case we needed a reminder of how powerful this can be, the trailer is set to Hozier's "Take Me to Church," bringing to mind his passionate, soaring moves in last year's viral YouTube video. It also looks like the film will dig into Polunin's challenging past, with the trailer alluding to family drama and inner turmoil.


No word yet on when the film will be released, but we'll be keeping our eyes out. Until then, check out the video below:

It turns out we may have even more opportunities to see Polunin dance in the near future: He recently told The Guardian that he hopes to rejoin the Royal as a guest artist, and he's spoken about his desire to dance with Osipova as often as possible. He'll get a chance to do that when the pair heads to New York's City Center this fall to perform in a program of U.S. premieres—and fans lucky enough to be in the New York area can see them in action.

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