Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq

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Film runs Wed, Feb 5 through Thu, Mar 20.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq
Nancy Buirski, 2013
USA | 91 minutes

Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike—her 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. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

New York Film Festival 2013

"Between the beauty of the dance imagery and the lyricism of passages culled from Le Clercq’s personal letters, Faun often soars." —Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Fascinating… revelatory." —Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"A richly-layered film that measures up to its subject’s own grace and complexity." —Caryn James, Indiewire

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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