Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 13
NamesBruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-09-22
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTC 3-763 (former)
TopicsBruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Balanchine, GeorgeNureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993Cranko, JohnNew York City BalletPanamerica (Choreographic work)Apollo (Choreographic work)Daphnis and Chloe (Choreographic work : Cranko)
NotesCitation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 13.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, September 22 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 GruenContent: Streaming file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about the relationship of his art to his life including his balancing of work and play; the intensity he has always brought to his dancing and to his personal relationships; spending time away from dance in order to renew himself; Kenneth MacMillan's Las hermanas; roles he now feels ready to dance, including the psychological roles in Martha Graham's works; his admiration for José Limón's works; Paul Taylor; John Neumeier and the pas de deux [Epilogue] he created for Bruhn and Natalia Makarova; Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet including Bruhn's regret that it was not created for him; performing in Antony Tudor's works; his relationship with George Balanchine and his time at New York City Ballet; the Panamerica evening [a program of ballets by Balanchine and others]; [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 46 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about Apollo including his learning the role of Apollo directly from George Balanchine; Panamerica including the fact that this was the sole occasion on which Balanchine created a role for him; other roles he danced at New York City Ballet; possible reasons as to why major choreographers created so few roles for him; John Cranko and Daphnis and Chloe including Bruhn's quitting after the opening night performance; his relationship with Rudolf Nureyev including how the publicity surrounding Nureyev affected Bruhn; Bruhn's response to Gruen's question as to whether Nureyev had loved Bruhn blindly; his description of their relationship as two comets' having collided; his relationship with other Russian dancers who defected [ends abruptly].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 32 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is good.
DescriptionInterview with Erik Bruhn conducted by John Gruen as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (1979), in New York, N,Y., on September 22, 1977. This is Part 13 of an 18-part series. However, there is no audio for parts 2 and 10, which are available only as edited transcripts.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 922545222NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118577Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d676e950-c30c-0133-cc56-60f81dd2b63c
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