Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson, 1977

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Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson, 1977
Gruson, Marit Gentele (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-08-24
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-771
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Gruson, Marit Gentele
Gentele, Goeran
Kungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)
Content: 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 Gruen
Content: 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 Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 26 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise, including "tape hiss."
Interview 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 Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 80088026
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118610
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9b6fd230-7960-0136-ac4d-13bc182d80bc
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  • 1977: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 9, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1977). Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson Retrieved from

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Interview with Marit Gentele Gruson