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 […]
Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929–2000) was a star ballerina with the New York City Ballet who greatly influenced choreographers George Balanchine (her husband) and Jerome Robbins (her friend). Filmmaker Nancy Buirski spotlights Le Clercq’s ballet career, influence on dance, and her struggle with polio, which paralyzed her at the height of her fame.
AMERICAN MASTERS Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (premiere broadcast January 2009) has just been honored with a prestigious Peabody Award. The George Foster Peabody Awards, established in 1941 and administered by the University of Georgia, are annual, international awards for excellence, distinction and achievement in broadcast journalism – considered by many the most competitive […]
In these interview out takes, Jerome Robbins’s friends and colleagues describe the master at work. Austin Pendleton recalls Robbins as a man in turmoil constantly seeking inspiration, Charlotte d’Amboise remembers his intensely technical direction that he miraculously imbued with humanity to get his actors to “play the scene,” and Jerry Mitchell tells the story of […]
Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ inventiveness; Austin Pendleton on Robbins’ ability to heighten the emotions written in a script; Arthur Laurents on Robbins’ ability to build on ideas and improve them.
Jerry Bock on Robbins’ musicality; John Kander on Robbins’ love of improvisation; Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ ability to grasp music instantly.
Robert Gottlieb on Robbins’ ambition; Violet Verdy on Balanchine’s tendency to move on after completing a ballet; Kay Mazzo on Robbins’ respect for Balanchine.
Carol Lawrence on Robbins’ sarcastic tone; Stephanie Saland on Robbins’ harsh criticism; Sondra Lee on Robbins’ dark mood; Austin Pendleton on Robbins’ self-criticism; Eliot Feld on how dancers knew when Robbins was pleased.
Sheldon Harnick on Robbins’ attention to detail; Austin Pendleton on Robbins the realist.
Jacques d’Amboise on the two sides of Robbins; Austin Pendleton on Robbins “paralyzing” uncertainty; Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ sense of humor.