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Thursday, December 3 • 9:20am - 11:10am
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq LIMITED

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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq tells the story of Tanaquil "Tanny" Le Clercq, one of the greatest dancers in American ballet, who was tragically stricken by polio at the height of her career. 

With a soul-stirring soundtrack and exquisite visuals, award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski brings to the screen the magnificent story of one of the great ballerinas Tanaquil Le Clercq who was struck down by polio and paralyzed

Afternoon of a Faun:
Tanaquil Le Clercq, by award-winning director Nancy Buirski, tells the dramatic story of Tanaquil "Tanny" Le Clercq, one of the greatest dancers in the history of the American ballet, who was tragically stricken by polio at the height of her career. Tanny inspired genius choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, but the tragedy that she experienced through her illness proved her true power and strength.  A personal, electrifying story like Tanny’s shines light on universal issues of sickness and survival. Aging and affliction spare no one – no matter how privileged or accomplished. Pain is part of our humanity, and the ability to accept our limitations is something we can all relate to.

Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq (known to all as “Tanny”) may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous AFTERNOON OF A FAUN for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

"With its extraordinary footage and a story replete with tragic ironies, Nancy Buirski's documentary on famed prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq often soars" - Variety



Thursday December 3, 2015 9:20am - 11:10am
Salon A 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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