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Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on August 19, 2015 # Health

New Movie in the PRC Library…

Afternoon of a Faun. New York: Kino Lorber, 2014. DVD

This documentary covers the life of famed ballerina Tanaquil LeClercq including her paralysis from polio. Because of her extraordinary skill and presence on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her. She was the foremost dancer of her time until the age of 27 when she contracted polio in 1956 while on a European tour.

She never danced or walked again. After a while, she returned to the dance world as a teacher. The documentary gives behind-the-scenes views of the New York City Ballet as well as an intimate portrait of a leading ballet dancer. LeClercq passed away at the age of 71 leaving behind a story of magnificent dance, tragedy, and perseverance.

A copy of this documentary can be checked out from the Paralysis Resource Center’s library. Please see the online catalog and borrowing instructions.

Sheila Fitzgibbon

Senior Director, Paralysis Resource Center

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