Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq


Sunday Apr 20 04:00 PM
Sunday Apr 20 07:30 PM
Tuesday Apr 22 01:00 PM
Tuesday Apr 22 07:30 PM
Saturday Apr 26 01:00 PM
Saturday Apr 26 04:00 PM
Saturday Apr 26 07:30 PM
Sunday Apr 27 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Nancy Buirski. 2013. USA. 91 mins.
Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike—her elongated, racehorse physique became the prototype of the George Balanchine dancer. The muse to Balanchine (and his fourth wife) 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 her. Tanny was the foremost dancer of the 1940s and 50s until, at age 27, she was struck down by polio. Paralyzed from the waist down, she never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since. This critically acclaimed documentary tells the story of a woman emboldened by inner strength and love of life. Dancers learn to live in the moment; they know their careers will not last long. Tanny’s resiliency is a product of her life as a dancer and the enduring power of the human spirit.

Official Selection: New York Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival

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