George Balanchine

Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun

Le Clercq in New York City Ballet Repertoire

American Masters – Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun shows Le Clercq (Tanny) performing with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet in some of his most memorable ballets, including The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C, La Valse and Western Symphony, and in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun. We also see Tanny and Jacques […]

Balanchine – Master of The Dance

Filmmaker Interview – Merrill Brockway

AMERICAN MASTERS Online spoke with BALANCHINE I & II director Merrill Brockway. AMERICAN MASTERS: You directed many of the early “Dance in America” films for PBS, including several works by Balanchine. MERRILL BROCKWAY: The difference with “Dance in America” was that we wanted the participation of the choreographers. Balanchine had been used to people just […]

Balanchine – Master of The Dance

Master of the Dance

By the time of his death on April 30, 1983, George Balanchine had created over 400 works and was recognized as a 20th-century master alongside Picasso and Stravinsky. Here is the story of how the man born Georg Melitonovitch Balanchivadze in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1904 went on to become the artistic director and primary […]