Danish ‘danseur noble’, Erik Bruhn was one of the great ballet dancers of the 20th century.
Among his signature roles were Albrecht in Giselle, James in Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Romeo in Frederick Ashton’s Romeo and Juliet, Jean in Birgit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, and Prince Siegfried in the Swan Lake.
After his active solo dancer career he went into choreography and also served as leader of the Royal Swedish Ballet and of the National Ballet of Canada. His life partner was Rudolph Nureyev, perhaps the greatest male ballet dancer of all time.
Photo: Maria Tallchief and Erik Bruhn from the front cover of Dance Magazine, July 1961 - performing the Don Quixote pas de deux.