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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil LeClercq (Film)
  • Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

The story of prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq is an epic tale of genius, grace, uncertainty, and disaster.  Arguably the greatest American dancer of the twentieth century (and a muse to both Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine), she became a polio victim in her late twenties. Her life history and the incredible set of circumstances that surrounded her tragic fall are poetically recounted in the film through an exceptional wealth of archival footage and documents. The film’s director, Nancy Buirski, will introduce the film.  (2013, 91 minutes).

Presented by the National Archives in partnership with the National Gallery of Art.

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All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.