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NYCB Vol. 7 No. 9 - Concerto Barocco

These photos show Concerto Barocco at London's Covent Garden during NYCB's second tour to London in 1952. The company's first trip to London, in 1950, established NYCB as a company of international importance. In both photos, the two principal women are Diana Adams (left), and Tanaquil LeClercq (right).

Four years later, in 1956, when on tour in Europe again, Tanny danced for the last time. She contracted polio on the trip and the last ballets she danced were Concerto Barocco and Western Symphony. Jacques d'Amboise had partnered her in both ballets that night, and he remembers (as told in the documentary Afternoon of a Faun) that she had complained that evening of feeling ill and performing through it. So she actually performed Concerto Barocco with polio ...

(left) Diana Adams & Tanaquil LeClercq

(right) Tanaquil LeClercq & Francisco Moncion

Photos by Roger Wood, 1952.

New York Public Library

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