TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ

  • Director: Nancy Buirski
  • Documentary, Drama
  • 91 minutes (2013)
  •  

This month, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Austin Film Society and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art are screening a documentary about one of the greatest 20th century ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000).

The French ballerina, Tanaquil Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of the 1940s, captivating audiences around the world. She mesmerized choreographers—her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine—and ballets were produced specifically for Tanny. Her unique style, humor, and authenticity redefined ballet for all dancers who followed. Amazingly, she was the muse to not one great artist but two: both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her, and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her.

According to the New York Daily News "Classical dance great Jacques d'Amboise calls Tanaquil Le Clercq's style a 'path to heaven.' And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes it clear that he's right."

 
Wed, June 11 I 7:30 PM Get Tickets
 
Texas, Oklahoma & Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Houston 1001 Bissonnet Street Houston,TX 77005 Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Drive Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

When
May 8 - 11 and May 24 - June 1
Where
Texas, Oklahoma & Arkansas
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston,TX 77005

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ

  • Director: Nancy Buirski
  • Documentary, Drama
  • 91 minutes (2013)
  •  

This month, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Austin Film Society and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art are screening a documentary about one of the greatest 20th century ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000).

The French ballerina, Tanaquil Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of the 1940s, captivating audiences around the world. She mesmerized choreographers—her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine—and ballets were produced specifically for Tanny. Her unique style, humor, and authenticity redefined ballet for all dancers who followed. Amazingly, she was the muse to not one great artist but two: both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her, and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her.

According to the New York Daily News "Classical dance great Jacques d'Amboise calls Tanaquil Le Clercq's style a 'path to heaven.' And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes it clear that he's right."

 
Wed, June 11 I 7:30 PM Get Tickets
 

 

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