A World on Movement & Expression
Eurythmy was introduced into the curriculum of the first Waldorf school by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. It is a discipline of original artistic movement that strives to make language and music visible.
"If a human being reveals through
eurythmy-gestures what his being inherently possesses as language, and
enables the entire soul experience to become visible, then the mysteries
of the world may be artistically expressed."
-- Rudolf Steiner
The aim of eurythmy is to speak and sing through movements and gestures that reveal to the eye what language and music bring to the ear. The movements of the eurythmist reveal inner soul experiences and relate them to the surrounding space. These movements can vary from simple hand gestures to those involving the whole body.
Compositions of pure eurythmy can be performed with or without accompaniment by language or music. Those performed without accompaniment are often profoundly meaningful for audiences and can be an essential contribution to the repertoire.
No matter what age the individual, everyone can benefit from doing eurythmy. The lessons begin in kindergarten and develop right up to the twelfth class in tune with the maturing growth of the pupils. “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” - Paul Klee
A special thanks to the Discover Eurythmy website for the information and quotes in this blog post. For more information and to explore on your own please visit their website.
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