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Interview with Svend Kragh-Jacobsen, 1977

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Interview with Svend Kragh-Jacobsen, 1977
Kragh-Jacobsen, Svend (Contributor)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-06-21
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-775
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Kragh-Jacobsen, Svend
Bournonville, August, 1805-1879
Thorvalden (Choreographic work : Lander, H)
Dance critics
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, June 21 Vienna (Austria)
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 46 minutes). Svend Kragh-Jacobsen, a Danish ballet critic, speaks with John Gruen about his background and career as a critic; Erik Bruhn as a young boy; his first major role, in Harald Lander's ballet Thorvalden at the Royal Danish Ballet [Kongelige Danske ballet]; Bruhn's personality; his training and some of his teachers; August Bournonville and Bournonville style; Bruhn as a classical dancer; as a character dancer, in Carmen [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 31 minutes). Svend Kragh-Jacobsen speaks with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn in classical prince roles including Swan lake; the Danish ballerina Elna Lassen; Margot Lander; Bruhn as a person; his mother; Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet pas de deux; Henning Kromstam, the new director of the Royal Danish Ballet; Bruhn and George Balanchine's ballet Apollo; some promising young Danish dancers including Peter Martins, Peter Schaufuss, and Adam Lüders.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 17 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good overall.
Interview with Svend Kragh-Jacobsen conducted by John Gruen on June 21, 1977, in Vienna, Austria, 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: 82655264
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118614
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 82affd00-7960-0136-7aa0-2da7aaeddfe0
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  • 1977: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Svend Kragh-Jacobsen" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Svend Kragh-Jacobsen" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2021.

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Interview with Svend Kragh-Jacobsen