Chinese pianist Lang Lang conjures the tragedy of how the career of one of the world’s greatest dancers suddenly ended. In the mid-20th century, Tanaquil “Tanny” LeClercq was a principal dancer at the New York City ballet, a muse to her husband Balanchine and to choreographer Jerome Robbins. Prior to departing for a European tour in the autumn of 1956, each member of her ballet company received the polio vaccine as a precaution. Tanny decided against it. One month later she contracted polio in Copenhagen and collapsed. Paralyzed, she would never walk or dance again. She was 27 years old.
Here, Lang Lang performs Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, the famous pas de deux Tanny danced with Jacque D’Ambroise, as a film of their dance flickers behind him on stage.
Performed by Lang Lang. Courtesy of Sony Music and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
Credit: Sony Music and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation
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Lang Lang inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals, open air concerts, on television or the grandest of stages. He forms enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle, to artists in jazz and other music. Lang Lang is a United Nations Messenger of Peace. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation believes that “music makes life better” and brings music into the lives of children. around the world.
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