Interview with Gerd Andersson, 1977

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Interview with Gerd Andersson, 1977
Andersson, Gerd (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-10-08
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-764
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Andersson, Gerd
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Kungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)
Nutcracker (Choreographic work : Nureyev, after Vaĭnonen)
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, October 8 New York (N.Y.)
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Acquisition: Gift John Gruen
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 45 minutes). [Begins abruptly; short gap]. Gerd Andersson speaks with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn (briefly); her career at the Royal Swedish Ballet [Kungliga Baletten] including how seeing Antony Tudor and his work inspired her to become a dancer; Birgit Cullberg and her influence; other choreographers who worked with the Royal Swedish Ballet; the current director, Ivo Cramér; past directors; dancing with Bruhn; her friendship with Bruhn; Brian Macdonald; Bruhn as director of the Royal Swedish Ballet including his relationship with the company members and the press; Bruhn as a person; Bruhn as the Moor in Petrouchka; other roles he has recently danced [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 21 minutes). Gerd Andersson speaks with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn including ballets he staged for the Royal Swedish Ballet; dancing in La sylphide; his reform of the school including the appointment of a new director; Bruhn's introduction of new repertory; Rudolf Nureyev's staging of The nutcracker for the company; dancing in John Cranko's Onegin.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 7 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and short gaps, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Gerd Andersson conducted by John Gruen on October 8, 1977, in New York (N.Y.) as part of the research for John Gruen's book, Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 81584233
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118596
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0d811630-7958-0136-0bf0-08d631f96e56
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Gerd Andersson" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Gerd Andersson" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 16, 2019.

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Interview with Gerd Andersson