Interview with Nadia Nerina, 1978

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Interview with Nadia Nerina, 1978
Nerina, Nadia (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-01-24
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-779
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Nerina, Nadia
Royal Ballet
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1978, January 24 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 audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Nadia Nerina speaks with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn as the epitome of a classical male dancer; her belief that Sonia Arrova had a significant influence on Bruhn as an artist; her first meeting with Bruhn and their partnership at the Royal Ballet, in 1962; Rudolf Nureyev and his first appearance with Margot Fonteyn; Bruhn as compared to Nureyev with respect to their dancing and their personalities; her belief that Nureyev had a negative effect on Bruhn's perception of himself as a dancer and on his career; Bruhn as a partner; the circumstances that led to Bruhn's being invited to the Royal Ballet as her partner [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 12 minutes). Nadia Nerina continues to speak with John Gruen about the circumstances that led to her and Erik Bruhn's partnership at the Royal Ballet in 1962; Gruen speaks about Maria Tallchief and her introduction of Rudolf Nureyev to Bruhn; Nerina speaks further about Nureyev, in particular his influence on the ballet world and the Royal Ballet.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and short gaps.
Interview with Nadia Nerina conducted by John Gruen on January 24, 1978, in New York City, as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 84964212
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118700
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6d286950-7960-0136-f884-139171bb297c
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  • 1978: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Nadia Nerina" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1978.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Nadia Nerina" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 22, 2019.

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

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Interview with Nadia Nerina