Niels Bjørn Larsen (published 1982)


Larsen talks about becoming a dancer and the technique of miming. He discusses his debut in a Balanchine product of Boutique Phantasm as a young man. He also offers an in-depth analysis of the role of Dr. Coppelius in the classical ballet Coppelia.

Biographical note:

Larsen was born in Denmark in 1913. He entered the school of the Royal Danish Ballet at age seven and graduated into the company in 1933 at age 20. Renowned for his gifts as a mime and comedic dancer in addition to his talent in classical ballet, Larsen was named a principal dancer in 1942. At the time of this interview, he had been associated with the Royal company for 60 years, back to his earliest training. In 1953 he began choreographing for the Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli and three years later became its artistic director.




New York, NY




“Niels Bjørn Larsen (published 1982),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed September 24, 2020,