Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 1

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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 1
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-07-19
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-763 (former)
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Arova, Sonia
Kongelige Danske ballet
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 1.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, July 19 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., 30 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss," and volume is often low. However, Erik Bruhn's voice is easily intelligible.
Interview with Erik Bruhn conducted by John Gruen as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (1979), in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 19, 1977. This is Part 1 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 45 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about his childhood including his first experiences with death; his parents; his sisters; the death of Inge Sand; more on his sisters and mother and his respective relationships with them, as a child and as an adult; his first years at school [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 45 minutes). Erik Bruhn continues to speak with John Gruen about his childhood including his first years at school; Bruhn speaks about his early ballet training and the trauma of his first recital; his time at the Royal Danish Ballet [Kongelige Danske Ballet] school including social aspects; how the dancers have changed, physically, since Flemming Flindt became head of the school; an anecdote about his performing on V-E Day, 1945; visiting London, England and his delight in seeing all types of dance; touring with the Metropolitan Ballet; Sonia Arova including their long friendship; Svetlana Berisova; dancers who inspired him, in particular Jean Babilée; an anecdote about a fan letter he wrote to Katherine Dunham; impressions of other dancers he saw [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 922542423
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118579
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c9660a10-c30b-0133-1fde-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1928: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 1986: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
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MLA Format

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 February 28, 2024.

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Interview with Erik Bruhn