March 31st, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Harvard Divinity School
The Spiritual Verticality of
As part of the conference
“The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture"
Held March 31-April 1, 2016
Philippe Armenier, biodynamic consultant
Brigitte Armenier, piano
Gabrielle Armenier, eurythmy
The spirit of biodynamic agriculture is to be sought in the imaginative consciousness of the human being who sets his artistic capacities to the service of the becoming of the Earth.
This presentation will take the form of dialogues between a Biodynamist, a Musician and a Eurythmist. A 3x3 perspective of the subject matter allows the participants to alternately unfold their respective fields of study, to weave a picture of the moral action/spiritual verticality of biodynamic agriculture.
A short eurythmy performance will conclude the lecture, rendering perceptible the working analogy:
Biodynamic agriculture is to Agriculture what Eurythmy is to Music.
Opus 52 in f minor - excerpt
BODY - Imagination SOUL - Inspiration SPIRIT - Intuition
The Biodynamist - Philippe Armenier The Musician - Brigitte Armenier The Eurythmist - Gabrielle Armenier
OPENING STATEMENT: Biodynamic agriculture spiritualizes the Earth.
1 ) The Three types of Agriculture
2) The Threefoldness of the Human Being:
3) The Threefoldness of the human being in its physiology of outer uprightness:
4) The Four Elements in Nutrition - The Fourfoldness of the Plant:
Stem – Leaves
The plant as an upside down human
5) The Fourfoldness of the Sonata and Symphony
How does art feed us?
1st movement - Fire
2nd - 3rd movement - Air/Water
4th movement - Earth
6) The inner uprightness of the human being – The “I”
In Eurythmy, the human being lends its uprightness to the gesture but does not become the gesture.
The “upright human being” as a moral being
7) Biodynamic agriculture as the moral action of the human being upon the Earth
The capacity of levity of the BD 501
8) “The wind instruments prove that the head of man experiences music.” (Steiner – GA 283, 03.08.1923)
The capacity to think clear thoughts
The clarinet as a column of air
9) The body becomes a negative space
Developing a feeling for Truth through the eurythmy gestures
Eurythmy spiritualizes the body.
(Exposition Under Construction)
La Biodynamie Spiritualise la Terre
Biodynamic Agriculture Spiritualizes the Earth
Imagine, if every farmer came into his field with such an artistic and human gesture, how beautiful the Earth would be!
As a musician thinks in rhythms, The Musician placed the Conference amidst patterns of rhythm
World-renowned biodynamic consultant and winemaker Philippe Armenier (recipient of 100 points from Robert Parker, Wine Advocate) is the former owner of the Domaine de Marcoux, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France.
He has pioneered biodynamic practices since 2001 with some of the top and cult wineries on the West Coast of the United States.
Recognized for her compelling intensity and lustrous tone, French pianist
Brigitte Armenier is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique in AvignonFrance.
She recorded a CD of solo piano repertoire Analogos: Between Music and
Biodynamic Agriculture which includes a 25 page written interview.
One of the highlights of her engagements this Spring are a lecture-performance at Harvard Divinity School with Juilliard Principal ConductorMurray Colosimo,
entitled The Spiritual Verticality of Biodynamic Agriculture.
Hailed by the NY Times for his "assured virtuosity," celebrated clarinetist Murray Colosimo presented a series of critically acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and has commissioned and recorded many new works.
He currently serves as Principal Orchestra Conductor at Juilliard for the Music Advancement Program.
American eurythmist Sea-Anna Vasilas is a member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley Performing Ensemble in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and serves on the faculty of the School of Eurythmy. Sea-Anna has performed solo repertoire
throughout North and South America as well as in Europe and currently collaborates internationally with professional musicians.