Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 12

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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 12
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-07-24
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-763 (former)
Gentele, Goeran
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
National Ballet of Canada
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 12.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, July 24 Copenhagen, Denmark
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
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 32 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and short gaps, but the speakers' voices are easily audible.
Interview with Erik Bruhn conducted by John Gruen as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (1979), in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 1977. This is Part 12 of an 18-part series. However, there is no audio for parts 2 and 10, which are available only as edited transcripts. Streaming file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about his retirement from dancing due to his illness; his problems with Carla Fracci's rivalry with Natalia Makarova for Bruhn as a partner; Lucia Chase, in particular her kindness when he had to cancel his performances; the death of Goeran Gentele and his two daughters; his reluctance to speak about certain aspects of his past; his work with the National Ballet of Canada; his ulcer [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 46 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about his ulcer; his rapid recovery; dancing in Miss Julie with Cynthia Gregory at American Ballet Theatre's 35th anniversary gala performance; his impressions of Patricia Bowman and Mia Slavenska; his attempt to become an actor; performing the role of Madge the witch, with Rudolf Nureyev as James, in the National Ballet of Canada's production of La sylphide; rehearsing with Nureyev; the response to Bruhn's Madge [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 37122388
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118578
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b330a540-c30c-0133-6d62-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1928: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 1986: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Erik Bruhn" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Erik Bruhn" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 13, 2024.

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Interview with Erik Bruhn