Eurythmie is the art of expressing language or music with the body through movement. Through Eurythmie the students can find a way to express themselves. Eurythmy connects the mind and body and strengthens social behaviour and trust in a community.
From the Greek eu- (well, beautiful) rhythm (movement) was created by Rudolf Steiner in 1911 as Art of the movement with roots in Anthroposophy. It consists in the performance of simple exercises with choreographic forms worked in a constant and repetitive way to develop in a balanced way the last three aspects of the soul: thinking, feeling and will.
The feeling in the Eurythmie is very important, only when you experience something inside you and really feel it, it becomes visible to the audience and that is what you want to achieve with the Eurythmie, the audience feels inside me. Behind every gesture there is a certain meaning.
We talk with Angela Christof, Eurythmie teacher and the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart about the benefits and the dynamics of Eurythmie with students from 1st to 12th grade.
You can see the full transcription of the interview next:
«I teach children from class (grade) 1 to 12 twice a week so they have two lessons of eurythmie a week.
Of course at the beginning they are more imitating the movements the teacher do.
After a while at class 3, once they know the letters, the alphabet, the scale, they get more and more familiar with the movements and then they create their own poems, their own movements and gestures.
So the aim of eurythmie is to make music visible, the accords, the harmony, the rythim and so on. And also to make visible the speech, so we have letters and the movements.
Of course they learn the social process to be in a group to make that visible but also on their own.
The most important thing is that they move and connect the feeling with the thinking when doing the movements so they have all these three part together very close connected: volition, feeling and thinking.
Actually we choose classical music because they learn more than with other music and that is also a educational fact. Of course we can move with anything but it doesn’t make sense. Eurythmie is more a cultural movement.
It changes because in the beginning they really love the eurythme. They run and come to the eurythmie lessons.
When they arrive to puberty, their bones, everything grows they get heavy, it’s not their favourite but still they do it.
I think the upper classes, high school, 10th, 11th, 12th grades they really see the balance between all the subjects. If they wouldn’t do eurythmie they would miss it.
Even in class 13, where they usually work for their exams they also say, “No, I would like to have eurythmie”.