Erik Bruhn

Erik Bruhn

Erik Belton Evers Bruhn (October 3, 1928 – April 1, 1986) was a Danish ballet dancer, choreographer, director, actor, and writer.


Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, he began training with the Royal Danish Ballet at the age of nine. He later joined the company at the age of eighteen and was promoted to soloist two years later.

He was best known for his roles in "La Sylphide", "Giselle", and "Swan Lake", in which he combined subtle precision with a flair dance style.

He appeared in a Russian-style pas de deux with French ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire in the 1952 Goldwyn film "Hans Christian Andersen" which starred Danny Kaye. It was his first trip to the US.

He authored the book "Beyond Technique" with Fred Fehl, as well as co-authoring with Lillian Moore "Bournonville and Ballet Technique: Studies And Comments On August Bournonville's Etudes Choregraphiques,". He was the subject of the book "Erik Bruhn: Danseur Noble" by John Gruen.

Erik Bruhn met Rudolf Nureyev, the celebrated Tatar dancer, who was on a tour in Denmark. Bruhn became Nureyev's lover, his closest friend, and his protector for many years.

He was director of the Swedish Opera Ballet from 1967 to 1973 and the National Ballet of Canada from 1983 to 1986. A posthumous film biography, "I'm the same only more," by Danish filmmaker Lennart Pasborg won a Cannes award for use of archival material.

His death in 1986 was attributed to lung cancer. However, according to Pierre-Henri Verlhac (Nurejew. Bilder eines Lebens), he may have died of AIDS.

External links

* [ ABT Biography and Credits]
* [ NYT Biography]
* [ Ballet Encyclopedia]
* [ The National Ballet of Canada Biography]
* [ glbtq Biography]
* [ Erik Bruhn entry in the Columbia Encyclopedia]
* [ Erik Bruhn entry in the Concise Encyclopedia Britannica]
* [ NY Times obituary by John Rockwell, April 2, 1986]

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  • Erik Bruhn — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Erik Belton Evers Bruhn ( * 3 de octubre de 1928, Copenhague 1 de abril de 1986, Toronto) fue un bailarín danés. Desde 1937 estudió en la Escuela de capacitación del Det Kongelige Teater y en 1947 se unió a su… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Erik Bruhn — (* 3. Oktober 1928 in Kopenhagen, Dänemark als Belton Evers; † 1. April 1986 in Toronto) war einer der bedeutendsten Ballett Tänzer seiner Zeit. Jahrelang war er der Lebensgefährte des russischen Ballett Stars Rudolf Chametowitsch Nurejew. Von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bruhn — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Angelika Bruhn (* 1950), deutsche Verlegerin Axel Bruhn (1904–1983), Rechtsanwalt und Hamburger Politiker (CDU) Christian Bruhn (* 1934), deutscher Komponist, Arrangeur und Liedtexter Christian Nicolaus… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Bruhn, Erik — orig. Belton Evers born Oct. 3, 1928, Copenhagen, Den. died April 1, 1986, Toronto, Ont., Can. Danish ballet dancer. From 1937 he studied at the Royal Danish Ballet training school, and in 1947 he joined the company. He performed as guest soloist …   Universalium

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