Tanaquil LeClercq (1929 – 2000) was one of the first of George Balanchine’s muses for whom he choreographed ballets. Her close friend, Jerome Robbins, who also choreographed several ballets for her, claimed, “She could do anything”. Her unusual name was taken from that of an Etruscan queen. She and Balanchine came to be very close, and she became his fourth wife at age 23. Four years later her rising career was cut short by polio. Balanchine tried to will her back to health, spending many hours working with her body. They eventually parted. Robbins also tried to keep her spirits up and steadily corresponded with her. The film details her rise and her heroic efforts to remain in the ballet world after the tragic affliction. Running time: 1 hour 22 minutes.
Join arts enthusiast Jack Brin to view films and film clips and talk about ballet and music appreciation in this 4 part series, March through June 2019. Brin is a former mathematics professor who also developed a music appreciation course for college students.