AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ
2013, Kino Lorber, 91 min, USA, Dir: Nancy Buirski

Dance student Tanaquil Le Clercq was in her teens when her lithe physique and expressive movement caught the eye of School of American Ballet founder George Balanchine. Le Clercq became a muse to Balanchine (who eventually married her) as well as to fellow choreographer Jerome Robbins, but in 1956, at the peak of her career, she was stricken with polio and never danced again. Through archival footage and interviews, this beautiful documentary captures the artistry and vibrant personality of one of the seminal figures of 20th century ballet. "A spooky, heartbreaking documentary...It’s a hymn to her rapture and infinite resilience. A" -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


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