Afternoon of a Faun is a ballet made by Jerome Robbins, subsequently ballet master of New York City Ballet, to Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. The premiere took place on 14 May 1953 at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with scenery and lighting by Jean Rosenthal and costumes by Irene Sharaff. Note: Tanaquil LeClercq's costume was not by Irene Sharaff. It was made for her by her mother, Edith Le Clercq.
Robbins' setting differs from the original version by Vaslav Nijinsky by placing the danseur in a ballet studio (a three wall set), lounging on the floor. A ballerina enters and they dance facing the audience as though looking into the mirrored wall of the studio. He kisses his partner on the cheek and she bourrées out of the studio and off-stage. He returns to his initial supine position.
2000, Bolshoi Theatre
2005, American Ballet Theatre
- Playbill, NYCB, Thursday, May 15, 2008
- To whom Jerome Robbins dedicated this ballet. Repertory Week, Spring season, 2008, week 3