Erik Bruhn


Erik Bruhn

Erik Bruhn was a magnificent and important male dancer from Denmark. He was born in the year of 1928, in the great city of Copenhagen. Erik Bruhn was really an outstanding male dancer since he was a child. That is why he was called at the age of nine to be part of the most important Royal Danish Ballet. He began to train very hard and he had his first presentation and debut in 1946 at the Royal Opera House. Consequently, the Royal Danish Ballet Company hired him permanently in 1947.

This same year, he visited London in order to perform some presentations during six months with the international Metropolitan Ballet. But in 1948 he came back to work with the Royal Danish Company again. Since then, his career as a male dancer took off and reached the maximum peak in 1949 when he accomplished the post of a soloist. In the same year, he was called to work in one of the most prestigious ballet companies in New York.

His performances were really impressive; they combined a singular thought in modern psychology with the most basic dance techniques. Some critics believe that the majority of his techniques were strongly influenced by his teacher August Bourneville in early school years.

Some of his most amazing and great performances are his important role of Albrecht in the classical piece Giselle, Rome and Juliet, la Sylphide and Swan Lake. Without a doubt, Erik Bruhn is one of the best performers of dance in the history, and his life is an example of tenacity, hard work, discipline and success. Moreover, he had other developed abilities such as acting. In fact, he was a well-known and excellent actor. His filmography is as follows:
  • Symphonie Fantastique (1948)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1952)