American Masters - Tanaquil
Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun also features new interviews with those who knew her, including fellow New York City Ballet dancers Jacques d'Amboise and Arthur Mitchell as well as friends Randy Bourscheidt (former president of the Alliance for the Arts), Barbara Horgan (Balanchine's long-time assistant) and Pat McBride Lousada (former dancer).
And often it's affectionate as when she depicts Tanaquil
Le Clercq, in her wheelchair, acknowledging an ovation during the company's 50th-anniversary celebration.
Certainly even' male star from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Peter Martins has wanted to perform it since Francisco Moneion premiered the role with Tanaquil
LeClercq at New York City Ballet in 1953.
LeClercq was spiritual--it was awesome to see her move.
Balanchine's fourth wife, Tanaquil
LeClercq, took his picture in the mid-1950s.
Witness her costumes for Allegra Kent as a geisha in Bugaku, Patricia McBride as a Ruby in Jewels, Tanaquil
Le Clereq as a tragic young beauty in La Valse, and the twenty women in Serenade as nothing less than angelic messengers shadowed in the translucent blue hue of another time and space.
The "Salute to Jacob's Pillow," which opened this year's festival, featured just such a morsel: The George Balanchine Trust's priceless footage of a bewitching Tanaquil
Le Clercq (who died December 31, 2000) and Nicholas Magallanes dancing Balanchine's La Valse.
The second movement is indelibly associated with New York City Ballet's Tanaquil
Le Clercq and Francisco Moncion; her backward falls into his arms were calmly trusting.
Some noted losses to our community this year: Dame Sonia Arova, Willam Christensen, Dame Ninette de Valois, Pauline Koner, Jamake Highwater, Jane Dudley, Jose Greco, Tanaquil
Le Clercq, Elizabeth Sherbon, Peter Gennaro, Nenette Charisse, and Herbert Ross.
But many, far too many, of the photographs are double-page spreads that sink helplessly into the gutter--so that a line of eight women in Antique Epigraphs looks like seven and one-half, and Tanaquil
Le Clercq in Age of Anxiety has an eye but no chin and mouth.