AFTERNOON OF A FAUN:TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ
Paris-born 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 (and eventually married him) 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.
Opens in Los Angeles on April 11, 2014 at select Laemmle Theaters.
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