RUDOLF NUREYEV, Erik Bruhn, the complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances, 1961-67

Publishing Date : 2002

Editor : Video Artists International US

Recording : Video Artists International US

Duration : 83 minutes

Production : Jaffe Partners Limited Partnership

Comments :

The Flower Festival in Genzano, Pas de Deux (19th January 1962)
Music: Helsted & Paulli
Choreography: Erik Bruhn after Bournonville
Maria Tallchief, Rudolf Nureyev

“Le Corsaire”, Pas de Deux (24th September 1962)
Music: Drigo, Choreography: Nureyev after Petipa
Lupe Serrano, Rudolf Nureyev

Diane and Acteon, Pas de Deux from “La Esmeralda” (24th March 1964)
Music: Drigo,
Choreography: Nureyev after Petipa
Svetlana Beriosova, Rudolf Nureyev

The Black Swan, Pas de Deux from “Swan Lake” (8th October 1963)
Music: Tchaïkovsky,
Choreography: Nureyev after Petipa
(black and white)

and four Pas de Deux danced by Erik Bruhn with Sonia Arova, Maria Tallchief and Carla Fracci.


These televised records from 1962 and 1963 which show the beginnings of Nureyev on American television, are of great interest. These four Pas de Deux demonstrate the brilliant technique of the Russian school, and the dancer’s first foray into Bournonville’s style. The juxtaposition with the recordings from 1961 to 1967 of Erik Bruhn allows the appreciation of the difference of style and school of two, great dancers from the twentieth century.