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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq


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#1 mussel

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:54 PM

The documentary opens 2/5 Wed. at Lincoln Center, there will be Q&A sessions with Jacques d'Amboise & Arthur Mitchell after the 6:45pm screenings on 2/5(JdA), 2/7(AM), 2/8(AM): http://www.filmlinc....q-nancy-buirski
 
NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.c...l?ref=arts&_r=0

Interview with the director on WNYC: http://www.wnyc.org/...quil-le-clercq/



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

I saw the movie this afternoon and loved it.  I had no idea so much footage of her dancing existed.  She was a totally intriguing dancer and woman.  She had a radiant quality, urbane wit, and intelligence that was clearly projected in her photographs, dancing, letters and interviews.  The letters to and from her and Jerome Robbins are fascinating.  I urge everyone to see this movie if they can.  Hopefully it will be available.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 12:36 PM

I saw the movie this afternoon and loved it.  I had no idea so much footage of her dancing existed.  She was a totally intriguing dancer and woman.  She had a radiant quality, urbane wit, and intelligence that was clearly projected in her photographs, dancing, letters and interviews.  The letters to and from her and Jerome Robbins are fascinating.  I urge everyone to see this movie if they can.  Hopefully it will be available.

 

Thanks Vipa, I hope it does go into some kind of general release, or at least ends up on DVD quickly so those of us outside NYC can have a look.  ;)



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:23 PM

In case anyone miss it or not available in your area, it will be broadcasted on PBS American Masters later this year.



#5 Amy Reusch

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:31 PM

Saw the film today and enjoyed seeing the Le Clercq footage... Such a beautiful dancer. Seeing the iron lung brought home the terror, and there were aspects of the story I had not considered... such as the fear among the other dancers that they might have caught it, and living in Balanchine's world no longer able to participate.

The talk about the partnering in Agon left me a little unsure. Was that the first time Balanchine used that kind of manipulation? Is the tall girl in Rubies more of the same? It is interesting but do I buy it? Not sure... What do others think?

I thought I had heard something about Balanchine not wanting La Valse to be performed for a long time because of Le Clercq, but can find no mention of this and it seems Le Clercq coached McBride in a 1962 revival. The film brought up La Valse over & over but made no mention of this either, so I'm wondering if the rumor was baseless?

There was a close up of a pointe shoe worn with an elastic segment in the ribbon... Were dancers doing this already back in Le Clercq's day? I thought it was a more recent development.

It was lovely to walk past Lincoln Center plaza lit through the snowfall this evening and see only a single frozen strip across the stairs' digital readout... "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil LeClercq"

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:46 PM

For those of you in the Hartford area, this film will be shown at Cinestudio March 16-18:

 

http://www.cinestudi...urrent-schedule



#7 Amy Reusch

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:33 PM

Thank you!!!


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