After staging La Sylphide for the National Ballet of Canada in 1964, Bruhn forged a continuing association with the company (and the NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL) as guest artist, choreographer, teacher, resident producer and (from 1983) artistic director, in which capacity he commissioned numerous new works not only by established ballet choreographers (Glen Tetley) but also works by contemporary Canadians in the field of modern dance (Robert DESROSIERS, David EARLE, Danny GROSSMAN). Bruhn's own works for the company, including the controversial psychological Swan Lake and an ebullient Coppélia based on Danish tradition, became mainstays of the repertoire, and his impeccable classical style, dramatic intelligence and insightful coaching influenced numerous Canadian dancers.
His estate endowed the Erik Bruhn International Ballet Competition for young dancers for the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet as a special legacy to the companies he most admired.
Author PENELOPE REED DOOB
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