Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 6

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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 6
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-07-21
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-763 (former)
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Volkova, Vera
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Fracci, Carla
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 6
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, July 21 Copenhagen, Denmark
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
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 22 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and shifts in volume. Erik Bruhn's voice is almost always easily intelligible; John Gruen's voice is often soft and difficult to understand.
Interview with Erik Bruhn conducted by John Gruen as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (1979), in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 21, 1977. This is Part 6 of an 18-part series. However, there is no audio for parts 2 and 10, which are available only as edited transcripts. Streaming file 1 (approximately 41 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about first coming to dance with ABT [Ballet Theatre, later American Ballet Theatre] under the auspices of Blevins Davis and returning in 1951 at Lucia Chase's invitation; [Vera] Volkova and her influence on him and on the Danish Royal Ballet [Kongelige Danske ballet] school; her teaching methods; his Bournonville training compared with Rudolf Nureyev's Russian training; touring with Ballet Theatre as a soloist including his frequently being mistaken for Eric Braun; his partner Lupe Serrano; opening the New York season with Nora Kaye in the Black Swan pas de deux; his relationship with Lucia Chase including their frequent disputes; ABT's crucial role in his international fame; his refusal to dance again in David Blair's version of Swan lake; Frederic Ashton's Romeo and Juliet; the period after he left Ballet Theatre including his return to Denmark and his involvement with the controversy centering on Harald Lander; dancing internationally as a guest artist [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 41 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about his mother, including an anecdote about her meeting Rudolf Nureyev for the first time; her death; touring with ABT [American Ballet Theatre] and dancing with Lupe Serrano; other dancers in the company; dancing with the Royal Ballet including his partner Nadia Nerina; the company's version of The sleeping beauty; the reviews of his performances; Nureyev, including how he was represented in the press; the period after he left the Royal Ballet including touring with the Royal Danish Ballet; Carla Fracci [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 922543495
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118664
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 296d82d0-c30c-0133-dc2e-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1928: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 1986: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Erik Bruhn" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Erik Bruhn" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 6, 2022.

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Interview with Erik Bruhn