Sergei Polunin has achieved worldwide popularity thanks to a video on you tube, directed by the great David LaChapelle, in which he performs in an emotional choreography on the notes of the hit “Take Me To Church” by Hozier which, to date, counts about 22.5 million views on YouTube!
Called the “bad boy” of the ballet because of his tattoos and the abuse of drugs, the James Dean of dance for that face of eternal boy and sexy symbol and because he has the “rebel without reason” tattooed on the shoulder, at the Royal Ballet they dubbed him “the graceful beast” for his gait like a lion flying when it lifts into the air. On the other hand he says in the film: “The reason for which dance are those few seconds in which my body pounds in the air.” Sergei Polulin is considered one of the greatest dancers of his generation, the younger etoile that the Royal Ballet of London has ever had, after a childhood and adolescence of deprivation and extreme sacrifice. When she left the British institution at the age of 22, due to a profound artistic and personal crisis, she shook the world of classical dance and raised the debate: “how can a dancer fight for his freedom if it is the precious property of a body? dance? “. A few years later, now on the verge of career abandonment, he made a video with the famous photographer David LaChapelle on the notes of Take me to church by Hozier, which was seen by 20 million viewers. His story is now a film Dancer, by director Steven Cantor (an Oscar nomination and an Emmy nomination for his previous works).
Sergei Polunin, Ukrainian, appointed in 2010 principal of the Royal Ballet of London at age 19: the youngest in history.
Now the tools to investigate his dark side offer them himself with this film, which inaugurated the 58th edition of the Festival dei Popoli. An extraordinary documentary for truth. No idealization, no psychoanalytic explanation: let the facts speak. And the facts tell of a child in the depressed city of Cherson who is pushed by his mother – anxious to guarantee a future – on the path of dance. With the sacrifices of the whole family to keep him at school: his father emigrated to Portugal, his grandmother in Greece. The transfer to London at 13, the loneliness, the growing intolerance towards that discipline that has always suffered. Tattoos as rebellion. Nothing is missing, including the admission of having performed better under cocaine!
In LaChapelle’s video, which immortalized him to a new star of the Polunin World dance, he manages to drag the viewer into his interiority and to excite him through his stylistic and expressive virtuosity, a technique that borders on perfection and that at times reminds the myth of Nureyev.The world of dance, has found a sublime and charismatic interpreter, one of those extraordinary phenomena that go beyond the human imagination.
Maximo De Marco began his career at an early age as a dancer, model, actor, singer, training and artistically perfecting internationally, winning a grant issued by the EEC (European Economic Community) that will lead him to study with teachers of World fame, later becoming author, director, choreographer, discographer, designer and writer, thanks to all these working experiences in the Entertainment World, today Maximo De Marco is one of the most important and internationally recognized Art Director , Nominated Art Director to Vitam by the Vatican, for the WYD and Friends of Pope Francis (World Youth Day), Official Member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO and Premio Cavallo D’Argento Rai (Italian Radio Television), Career of the Music Life Tv Awards (SKY) and of Cantagiro as best Artistic Director, Amen Prize for Literature with special mention at the International Exhibition the book of Turin in 2013 and winner of the Salerno International Film Festival in 2017 with his religious historical film “Petali di Rosa”. In his career as Art Director, he has directed Televisions, Radio, Magazine, Theaters, and great Star of Music and Performing Arts, including the English Pop Star Boy George, for his World Tour in the 90s “, the winner of The Voice of Italy Sister Cristina, and other artists such as: Franco Simone, Teo Mammuccari, Fabrizio Frizzi, Antonella Ponziani, Claudia Koll…