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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (30-Sep-2013)

Director: Nancy Buirski

Writer: Nancy Buirski

Keywords: Documentary, Ballet, Biography

Biographical drama traces the life and career of ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq.

Tanaquil Le Clercq, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet towards the middle of the twentieth century whose physique and charisma formed an archetype that subsequent noted ballerinas would seek to emulate, enjoyed a career as one of the greatest and brightest stars of her era until she became paralyzed by polio out of nowhere on a tour through Europe, never to dance again. Her story receives a screen treatment in the critically-acclaimed biopic Afternoon of a Faun, following the late French-American dancer from promising beginnings through to a spectacular peak and unfortunate end.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jacques d'Amboise
28-Jul-1934   Founder of the National Dance Institute
George Balanchine
22-Jan-1904 30-Apr-1983 Choreographer co-founded NYC Ballet
Arthur Mitchell
27-Mar-1934   Dance Theatre of Harlem
Jerome Robbins
11-Oct-1918 29-Jul-1998 West Side Story


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