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#166 Neryssa

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:08 PM

I just finished watching this Q&A with director Nancy regarding her documentary on Tanaquil Le Clercq:  

 

Does anyone know if Le Clercq's "heirs" or closest friends such as Holly Brubach were interviewed in the documentary?



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 04:34 PM

Does anyone know if Le Clercq's "heirs" or closest friends such as Holly Brubach were interviewed in the documentary?

 

This interview was a great find, Neryssa - thanks.

 

I'm afraid I can't answer your question though, as I don't know enough about Le Clercq's actual heirs and surviving friends. But this very thread was begun by a relation of Tanny, so I know they are out there somewhere.  ;)



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:51 PM

I don't think any heirs were filmed, but Le Clercq's close, dancer friend Pat McBride, sometimes called Pat McBride 1, not to be confused with the later day Patricia McBride of a subsequent era and the creator of such roles as the leading ballerina of Rubies and as Swanilda in the Balanchine/Danilova COPPELIA, was quoted and heard somewhat extensively.

Jacques d'Amboise was quite prominent in the film as was Randall Borscheidt a close friend and onetime connected to NYC Cultural  Affairs.

Brubach was not interviewed on camera.

there were recordings of Le Clercq's voice from various interviews.

Robbins voice was included as were his words from letters read, as were those by Le Clercq, by voices only credited in the film's final credits.



#169 pherank

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 07:07 PM

I haven't seen this preliminary version of the documentary, but the impression I got from the Q&A session was that the film's producers might be open to adding interview footage if various people came out of the woodwork.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 07:18 PM

Is this a preliminary version?  Subject to revision?  I don't know much about the film biz, but my impression is that this is pretty final.  I don't get a sense of the running time of this presentation (preceding the Q&A), but don't the broadcast versions of American Masters features run a bit shorter (by maybe 15-20 minutes) in broadcast format than as theatrical or DVD/Streamed versions?



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 07:30 PM

Is this a preliminary version?  Subject to revision?  I don't know much about the film biz, but my impression is that this is pretty final.  I don't get a sense of the running time of this presentation (preceding the Q&A), but don't the broadcast versions of American Masters features run a bit shorter (by maybe 15-20 minutes) in broadcast format than as theatrical or DVD/Streamed versions?

 

Final enough to appear at a film festival.  ;)

 

But there can always be revisions as needed - I was just pointing out that Nancy Buirski sounded like she was open to include more if anything/anyone important came up. Exactly who controls the final cut on this documentary I don't know. Hollywood is full of sad stories in which director's films are ruined by the studio that has final cut say, but I doubt this project will have those issues.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for the  clarification.  I hope this film attracts more acquaintances so they can add their recollections to the Final-Final document.  smile.png



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:39 AM

I remembered (through a Google search) that I read Amanda Vaill's acknowledgements to Le Clercq's heirs for her biography on Jerome Robbins. She thanks "Norma Pane the executor for the estate of Tanaquil Le Clercq, for correspondence from Le Clercq to Robbins; and the heirs of Tanaquil Le Clercq:  Abraham Abdallah, Una Bates, Carla Bigelow, Holly Brubach, James Lyles, April Stevens Neubauer, and James Newhouse." 

 

Pherank wrote:  I'm afraid I can't answer your question though, as I don't know enough about Le Clercq's actual heirs and surviving friends. But this very thread was begun by a relation of Tanny, so I know they are out there somewhere.  

 

Wasn't this a second cousin (not mentioned in her estate) searching for additional information? Heirs do not always include blood relations, as you know.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:08 PM

 

I remembered (through a Google search) that I read Amanda Vaill's acknowledgements to Le Clercq's heirs for her biography on Jerome Robbins. She thanks "Norma Pane the executor for the estate of Tanaquil Le Clercq, for correspondence from Le Clercq to Robbins; and the heirs of Tanaquil Le Clercq:  Abraham Abdallah, Una Bates, Carla Bigelow, Holly Brubach, James Lyles, April Stevens Neubauer, and James Newhouse." 

 

Pherank wrote:  I'm afraid I can't answer your question though, as I don't know enough about Le Clercq's actual heirs and surviving friends. But this very thread was begun by a relation of Tanny, so I know they are out there somewhere.  

 

Wasn't this a second cousin (not mentioned in her estate) searching for additional information? Heirs do not always include blood relations, as you know.

 

Yes: "my name is Tanaquil Elizabeth and I was named after Tanaquil Elizabeth Le Clercq. She was my second cousin on my mother's side." Thanks for the list of heirs, Neryssa. A few of the names I recognize, but not all.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:06 AM

Has anybody read the latest issue of Ballet Review? There is the 2nd part of an interview with Patricia Wilde who made some very interesting comments about Tanaquil Le Clercq and Diana Adams and their relationship with Balanchine. I am surprised that Nancy Buirski didn't interview her.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:24 AM

Has anybody read the latest issue of Ballet Review? There is the 2nd part of an interview with Patricia Wilde who made some very interesting comments about Tanaquil Le Clercq and Diana Adams and their relationship with Balanchine. I am surprised that Nancy Buirski didn't interview her.

 

Neryssa, did Nancy Reynolds appear in the documentary talking about taking her first ballet lessons from Tanny?



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:29 AM

 

Has anybody read the latest issue of Ballet Review? There is the 2nd part of an interview with Patricia Wilde who made some very interesting comments about Tanaquil Le Clercq and Diana Adams and their relationship with Balanchine. I am surprised that Nancy Buirski didn't interview her.

 

Neryssa, did Nancy Reynolds appear in the documentary talking about taking her first ballet lessons from Tanny?

 

 

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to give the impression that I have seen the documentary. I assumed from what I have read (mustn't assume) that Patricia Wilde was not interviewed - Would somebody on the forum who has seen it please clarify who was interviewed? I saw on IMDB that Nancy Reynolds was a consultant on this film.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:32 AM

Has anybody read the latest issue of Ballet Review? There is the 2nd part of an interview with Patricia Wilde who made some very interesting comments about Tanaquil Le Clercq and Diana Adams and their relationship with Balanchine. 

 

Yes, to the effect that if Le Clerq hadn't been stricken, she and Balanchine probably would have separated, and Adams would have replaced her, with her blessing.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:34 AM

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to give the impression that I have seen the documentary. I assumed from what I have read (mustn't assume) that Patricia Wilde was not interviewed - Would somebody on the forum who has seen it please clarify who was interviewed? I saw on IMDB that Nancy Reynolds was a consultant on this film.
 

 
No problem - I don't imagine many people have actually seen it at this point, but we've been reading the reviews from the festival, that's all.
 
I think this is going to be one of those cases where, if they had created the documentary a decade or more earlier, they would have had so many additional people to interview. But Le Clercq's generation has been passing away before our eyes.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:39 AM

Yes, to the effect that if Le Clerq hadn't been stricken, she and Balanchine probably would have separated, and Adams would have replaced her, with her blessing.

 

I've never gotten the sense, in my readings on the subject/people, that Diana Adams had any romantic interest in Balanchine, and more importantly, was very uncomfortable playing muse, or principal dancer for that matter. By the 1960's she was coming apart from the stress (though much of that may have been imagined, I don't know). Allegra Kent was not much different - she was convinced that she 'couldn't dance and be happy'.




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