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Bruhn

Bruhn

[broon]
Bruhn, Erik, 1929-86, Danish ballet dancer, b. Copenhagen. Bruhn joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 1947 and became a soloist there in 1949. He was widely regarded as one of the world's foremost dancers, combining dramatic flair with a subtle precision of style. Best-known for his roles in La Sylphide, Giselle, and Swan Lake, he appeared throughout the world as guest artist and director with many companies, including the American Ballet Theatre. He was director of the Swedish Opera Ballet (1967-73) and artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada (1983-86).

See biography by J. Gruen (1979).

orig. Belton Evers

Bruhn as Romeo, 1967

(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 with many other companies, including American Ballet Theatre in the 1950s and '60s, dancing leading roles in such ballets as La Sylphide, Swan Lake, and Carmen. He was admired for his classical technique. He later served as director of the Royal Swedish Opera House (1967–72) and assistant director (1973–81) and director (1983–86) of Canada's National Ballet.

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orig. Belton Evers

Bruhn as Romeo, 1967

(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 with many other companies, including American Ballet Theatre in the 1950s and '60s, dancing leading roles in such ballets as La Sylphide, Swan Lake, and Carmen. He was admired for his classical technique. He later served as director of the Royal Swedish Opera House (1967–72) and assistant director (1973–81) and director (1983–86) of Canada's National Ballet.

Learn more about Bruhn, Erik with a free trial on Britannica.com.

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