The great Erik Bruhn

If you can overlook the “decor”, this extract from Coppelia, filmed in 1963 for television, shows the greatness of Erik Bruhn and how he must have stunned audiences in Australia when he partnered Sonia Arova in guest performances of Swan Lake with the new Australian Ballet the previous year. (It takes a while before the dancing begins.)

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Erik Bruhn (left), Kathy Gorham and unknown guest at a party at the offices of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Sydney,1962,
Courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales