Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 7

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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 7
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
Chauviré, Yvette, 1917-
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Harkness, Rebekah West, -1982
Gentele, Goeran
Kungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)
American Ballet Theatre
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 7
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
Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about Rudolf Nureyev including an anecdote about their learning to drive together in London, England; his three months in Australia; Sonia Arova including her marriage; Lucia Chase and his return to American Ballet Theatre, with Carla Fracci; dancing Giselle with Yvette Chauviré in 1964 including Nureyev's response to the performance; touring in Europe with the Harkness Ballet including his impressions of Rebekah Harkness [short gap]; his recurring illness [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 45 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about his stomach ulcer; dancing with Carla Fracci; his impressions of Antony Tudor; some of his partners at American Ballet Theatre; Gentele Goeran and the Royal Swedish Ballet [Kungliga Baletten] including how Bruhn came to be its director; the struggle to reform the company and school; his reasons for leaving and the company's reversion to its former state; Marit [Gentele] [ends abruptly].
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 31 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is fair. John Gruen's voice is very soft and often difficult to understand. Erik Bruhn's voice is also soft but almost always intelligible.
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 7 of an 18-part series. However, there is no audio for parts 2 and 10, which are available only as edited transcripts.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 922543709
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118584
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4f46fb50-c30c-0133-3649-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1928: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 1986: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

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 December 13, 2019.

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Interview with Erik Bruhn