Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 17

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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 17
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-05-26
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-763 (former)
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Moore, Lillian
Allan, Christopher
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Barra, Ray
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 17.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1978, May 26 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 file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about his friendship with Lillian Moore including their book entitled: Bournonville and ballet technique; studies and comments on August Bournonville's Études chorégraphiques (1961, 1973); briefly, Selma Jeanne Cohen; Chris [Christopher] Allan; Bruhn's own choreography including Festa [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 34 minutes). Erik Bruhn speak with John Gruen about staging and reconstructing ballets, including La sylphide, Swan lake, Coppélia, and Giselle; his work Here we come, created for the National Ballet of Canada school; his idea for a new ballet; Ray Barra; people he cares about; his thoughts on friendship including his respective friendships with Nureyev and with Susse [Wold]; Constantin Patsalis; his thoughts on love; speaking and writing about himself.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 21 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and short gaps, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Erik Bruhn conducted by John Gruen as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (1979), in New York, N,Y., on May 26, 1978. This is Part 17 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: 922545694
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118573
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5d26c720-c30d-0133-ac49-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1928: Creator Born
  • 1978: 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. 1978.

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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 6, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1978). Interview with Erik Bruhn Retrieved from

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Interview with Erik Bruhn