Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

A film by Nancy Buirski
Starring George Balanchine, Tanaquil Le Clercq

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. With her elongated, race-horse physique, she became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine.

Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She eventually married Balanchine and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her.

She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since.

It is almost as though you are beholding mythological deities who have alighted briefly on the earth….one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century. —Stephen Holden, New York Times

 

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Technical Information

Production Year
2013
Running Time
91 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
7:40pm · 5:35pm
Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014
7:40pm · 5:35pm
Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
5:35pm
Monday, Mar 31, 2014
7:40pm · 5:35pm
Sunday, Mar 30, 2014
7:40pm · 5:35pm · 1:35pm
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014
7:40pm · 5:35pm · 1:35pm
Friday, Mar 28, 2014
7:40pm · 5:35pm

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