What is eurythmy?
Eurythmy is a fascinating modern art of movement. We move what we hear: pieces of music - from short pieces to whole symphonies - and spoken texts - poems, stories or plays - are performed by solo artists or groups. Using the human being as an instrument eurythmy strives to reveal the creative principles or laws underlying music and speech. We don’t only move to music or speech we become the music, the speech. We don’t only move our physical body but our whole being. Eurythmy uplifts and refreshes body, soul and spirit. It puts us back in touch with the creative sources of life, counteracting the hardening influence of everyday life. Its grace, beauty and harmony bring great healing and enlivening strength into our daily lives.
Eurythmy arose in the early decades of the 20 century out of the work of the Austrian scientist, educator and philosopher Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861- 1925). He introduced specific gestures for the different sounds and soul qualities in speech and for different tones, intervals or chords in music, which were later developed by others.
The quality of movement and the choreography can reflect further artistic elements such as pitch, dynamics, harmony, rhythm or the timbre of individual instruments in the music or colour, poetic rhythm, grammar, mood and the imagery in poetry.
The whole stage setting, the lighting of the space, the sequence of the lighting effects and the colour of dresses and veils, are carefully chosen in accord with the piece and the movement. Altogether the aim is to create something like a “visible melodic expression” of the poetry or music. Eurythmy can be created just as artistically as music or poetic recitation, only for the eye instead of the ear which is why Rudolf Steiner also called it visible language and visible singing.
Professional applications of eurythmy
The applications of eurythmy, originally conceived as a performing art, have expanded since its creation and found their way into education and therapy and more recently into the realm of social work.
Eurythmy as a Performing Art …
Eurythmy ensembles in Stuttgart (Germany) and at the Goetheanum (Switzerland) became established parts of the cultural life of Europe In the early 20th century. Today there are artistic ensembles in many countries with programmes ranging from solos or small group pieces, to dramatic stories and fairy tales or even complete symphonies with full orchestra.
For a list of international eurythmy ensembles see .
Eurythmy in Schools…
In Steiner Waldorf Education eurythmy is an integral part of the curriculum from Early Years to A-level and is of benefit to children throughout their education.
The exercises are chosen carefully to reflect the varying needs at the different ages of the child thus supporting its healthy development.
There are almost 1000 Steiner Waldorf schools in 60 countries across the world.
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Eurythmy in Adult Classes…
Eurythmy is very popular in adult classes because it is fun and has an enlivening and harmonising effect. It puts us back in touch with the creative sources of life, counteracting the weakening influence of everyday living. It also enhances physical well-being and social interaction and has proved to be a useful tool in stress management.
Eurythmy Therapy is a valuable support during the process of healing and has been successfully applied for many kinds of ailments in hospitals, clinics, schools, curative education and residential homes as well as private practice for many decades, normally on the advice of a physician.
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Social Eurythmy – sometimes called Eurythmy in the Workplace - is the newest branch of eurythmy. It can be applied in groups in any social context such as people who work together, parents in a school or inmates in a prison. Many organisations have benefited from the experience of eurythmy. It brings people together in new ways - at all levels from workers to higher management. It supplies an effective tool for enhancing social awareness, decision-making, team-work and community building as well as promoting initiative and creative solutions to problems.
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