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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

July 21, 2014

Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike, and was the muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She was the foremost dancer of her day until at age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story) brings to the screen the magnificent and tragic story of Tanaquil Le Clercq, whose elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since.

With a soul-stirring soundtrack and exquisite visuals, this is a story of how one woman passionately influenced an entire art form; a frighteningly real, gracefully candid portrait of an artist.

"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

Director: Nancy Buirski
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 91 Minutes
US Distributor: Kino Lorber