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Director: Stephen Cantor
Starring: Sergei Polunin, Galyna Polunina, Galina Ivanovna
This beautiful documentary about the Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin is more than a film about dance or a particularly famous dancer. It casts light on the pressures that accompany and follow the quest for success, on the sacrifices that have to be made, on disillusion, on kicking against expectations from childhood onwards, about rebellion. But of course it also includes fabulous ballet from one of the art’s greatest contemporary stars.
We are delighted to have an Introduction and a Q&A by Lisa Nicholson, former Royal Ballet dancer.
Lisa Nicholson initially trained with the Royal Ballet School from the age of 11 to 18 alongside Christopher Wheeldon, with a four year break spent training at the Bush Davies School of Performing Arts. Upon graduating Lisa joined The Birmingham Royal Ballet with whom she toured nationally and internationally for ten years to such destinations as Japan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Bangkok and many countries in Europe. She performed in the Corps de Ballet but also as a principal performer in a range of works by choreographers such as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton and David Bintley.
After ten years dancing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including The Royal Opera House, The London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and La Scala, she trained for two years at The Royal Academy of Dancing in Battersea to gain a teaching qualification. She has been teaching ballet and dance ever since in a range of settings that include schools in Germany, London and Dorset to dancers from the age of 4 to 70.
The Rex Cinema