Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson, 1977
NamesGruson, Marit Gentele (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-08-24
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-771
TopicsBruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Gruson, Marit GenteleGentele, GoeranKungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.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 GruenContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). John Gruen introduces Marit Gentele Gruson and speaks about the background of the interview; Gruson speaks with Gruen about Erik Bruhn including how impressed she was the first time she saw him, dancing with the Royal Danish Ballet [Kongelige Danske ballet]; his friendship with her [first] husband Goeran Gentele, then director of the Royal Swedish Opera [Kungliga Operan]; the relatively poor state of the Royal Swedish Ballet [Kungliga Baletten] at the time; Bruhn's directorship of the company including both his problems and his successes; Bruhn as a person including his friendship with the Gentele family; the Genteles' car accident [in which Goeran and two of their daughters died] and its aftermath including Bruhn's devoted care of Marit; Bruhn's sterling personal qualities; Goeran's appointment as director of the Metropolitan [Opera] and their time in New York City; her friendship with Bruhn including an anecdote about visiting Tivoli gardens with him; her second marriage; Bruhn's ability to understand other people; his family [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 38 minutes). Marit Gentele Gruson speaks with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn's family; aspects of Bruhn's personality that make him ideally suited for the role of Hamlet; (very briefly) his relationship with Rudolf Nureyev; more on Bruhn's character; Bruhn's acceptance of his aging; other aspects of his personality and what she has learned from him; surviving the loss of her family and her current mental state; an anecdote about Bruhn's plans for his old age.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 26 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise, including "tape hiss."
DescriptionInterview with Marit Gentele Gruson conducted by John Gruen on August 24, 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 ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80088026NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118610Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9b6fd230-7960-0136-ac4d-13bc182d80bc
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