Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. With her elongated, race-horse physique, she became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She eventually married Balanchine, and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her. She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since.
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It offers hardheaded commentary about the rigors of a dancer's life and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 02.04.2014
A spooky, heartbreaking documentary about Tanny le Clercq.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 04.04.2014
It interviews friends and confidants, provides glimpses of what she was like as a person and, best of all, shows us clips of her dancing, which tell us so much of what we need to know.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 04.10.2014
Even in a wheelchair, Le Clercq, who died in 2000 at age 71, commands authority with little more than her captivating, wicked smile.Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, 02.04.2014