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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 18

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Interview with Erik Bruhn. 1978, Part 18, 1978

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Interview with Erik Bruhn, part 18
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-10-07
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-763 (former)
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Bournonville, August, 1805-1879
Ballet dancing
Music and dance
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-763 Reel 18.
Content: Streaming file (approximately 43 minutes). Erik Bruhn speaks with John Gruen about Bournonville technique including as expressed by August Bournonville in his Études chorégraphiques, dédiées à mes élèves et à mes collègues; his training, including his attempts to express his individuality; his virtuosity including its incompatibility with orthodox Bournonville technique; his playing with musical phrasing; adjusting his technique in order to dance in styles other than that of Bournonville; his trying a new, Bournonville-derived technique in Don Quixote; what constitutes a style; Mikhail Baryshnikov and the Bournonville style; dancers and music; his own response to music when he is dancing, including a performance anecdote.
Citation/reference: For edited transcript of this recording see: *MGZMT 3-763, reel 18.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1978, October 7 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
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 43 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Erik Bruhn conducted by John Gruen as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (1979), in New York, N,Y., on October 7, 1978. This is Part 18 of an 18-part series. However, there is no audio for parts 2 and 10, which are available only as edited transcripts.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 922545908
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118572
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7fb2c880-c30d-0133-c62e-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1928: Creator Born
  • 1978: Created
  • 1986: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

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

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Erik Bruhn" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 22, 2020.

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

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Interview with Erik Bruhn