Screening of the documentary Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq about the famed New York City ballerina struck down by paralysis, September 29, 2014

The Dance Department will screen the documentary Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a biographical film about the legendary ballerina who’s stunning career was cut short by polio at age 27. She never danced again.

The film will be shown on Monday, September 29, 7:00 pm in the Frances Daly Fergusson Theater in Kenyon Hall. This event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. To reserve tickets, email or call the box office (845) 437-5541.

Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of her day until she was paralyzed. She was a muse to celebrated choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins (and was married to Balanchine). Written and directed by Nancy Buirski, the film uses rare footage to explore Le Clercq’s artistic legacy and includes interviews with her New York City Ballet friends and associates Jacques d’Amboise, Arthur Mitchell and Patricia McBride.

The film has received stellar reviews. Marie Claire magazine called it, “The ballet film we are currently swooning over.” Variety commented, “With its extraordinary footage and a story replete with tragic ironies, Nancy Buirski’s documentary…often soars.”

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 18, 2014