- Hello! My name is Gabrielle
- Nice to meet you! And what do you do, Gabrielle?
- Eurythmy, what is that?
"I have come to love the conversations which evolve from these three words, for while no definition can express the wealth of this new art, the question must always be answered."
"In this connection I will also mention my first impression of eurythmy […] This new art gave me a highly interesting experience: melody and musical rhythm — or the metric life of spoken verses — are here “translated” into the artistic language of an uplifting style of dance, grounded in the soul’s experience, — “translated” by means of the beautiful and expressive gestures and rhythmically moving figures of the eurythmists. Their eloquent performance, singly or in groups, proved the rich potentialities and originality of this art." - Bruno Walter
IN RELATION TO APOLLONIAN TONE EURYTHMY
AND DIONYSIAN SPEECH EURYTHMY
A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH TO THE TWO DISCIPLINES
STRUCTURED BY THE LAWS OF PROJECTIVE GEOMETRY
The Violinist begins with a long down-bow
The weight of the piece is already fully given; the theme descends into his sound
The Eurythmist, born from sound, joins his being to the tone,
and with the down bow, actively passive, falls gently forward.
LARGO MA NON TANTO
Musical Pitch in Space
A recent visit to the MOMA in New York gave me the material with which to introduce two ways of moving musical pitch through space in eurythmy.
A Resume of the Master Thesis
Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart
by Gabrielle Armenier
A free human being is a conscious human being, whose actions stream from an artistic understanding and artistic experience of life. To set the human being on his individual path to freedom, Waldorf education aims at providing the environment that enables the student to grasp his own freedom, by harmonizing his thought life and his actions.
This harmonization is the ultimate and archetypal artistic experience, the experience of imparting meaning to one’s life. Eurythmy is a complete embodiment by the human being of moving, living freedom. As the artist mediates his art from a source outside of himself, through his soul, back out into the world, eurythmy transforms the etheric laws of life which enables conscious thinking, through the heart-space, by movements of the will-imbued limbs of the human body.
If the human being is fully human, that is to say, free, when he transforms an outer given, through his soul faculties, back out into a social, meaning-filled action, eurythmy is the most conscious artistic rendition of this process. As the consciousness enabling power of thought begins to develop itself in each human being after puberty, what role does eurythmy play in the freedom-orientated Waldorf High School education?
Not a form of dance, almost a rendering visible of music and of the spoken word, an art of movement.
A lawful art that originates in the archetypal movements that clothe the laws of the living.
Each art has enabled the development of a human faculty. The development of the classical arts has always been intimately linked with the social rules and cultural consciousness of a certain time and place.
The unfolding of each art throughout the centuried has also been the unfolding of human beings culturally, socially and intellectually. The fact that eurythmy appeared 'only' a hundred years ago already addresses as a first step the role it is to play in the cultural sphere.
INDIVIDUALITY versus PERSONALITY
The Point of Departure of a Social Art of Movement
Article by Gabrielle Armenier
Published in LILIPOH The Spirit in Life