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Eurythmy "On the Road"

It doesn't look very good with the world right now. How can I help to change it? By changing myself! Having received the gift of Eurythmy I know for sure it transformed me. If I pass it on to as many people as possible this world, through them, becomes a better place - healthier, more flexible, sensitive, artistic and imaginative, tolerant and cooperative, simply beautiful. And who needs it most urgently? Children.

With this in mind I embarked on my school project in the Czech Republic. Three Waldorf (Steiner) schols and a kindergarten in three different cities (Pardubice, Pribram, Plzen). About five hundred children age three to twenty one. Three quarters of them had no Eurythmy before, the rest for a brief one year only. About a hundred colleague-teachers and dozens of parents. Three hundred and fifty miles a week travelled with a heavy backpack on my shoulders between the places by buses, trains, metro, walking and an occasional ride. With sleepovers at schools I slept in four, sometimes even five different beds. Even today one can be "on the road", lead gipsy life, become a Eurythmy minnaesinger.

Twenty seven lessons and up to six therapy sessions taught each week made up the total more than twice the amount recommended by Steiner for Eurythmy teachers. Exhaustion mixed with joy of giving. Seeds sown in the souls will grow into flowers of beauty and fruits of peace. Mission accomplished.

But Eurythmy is not just a strange school subject or a tiring therapy exercise. It's an art first of all. So what about that? With a group of Czech Eurythmists (there are actually plenty of trained ones there) we put together a celebration of Shakespeare programme called Meeting of the Worlds. Out of seven members five were teachers and out of four performances three took place in schools. Over three hundred children saw that Eurythmy can be also beautiful. And not only did they see but many also participated in four Eurythmically choreographed scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream. With their own eyes and bodies they could experience that Shakespeare, far from being just a dusty textbook entry, is still alive and moving.

As Rudolf Steiner revealed, a source behind Shakespeare inocculated into the substace of British people something this nation must never lose if it's not to fall completely into materialism, something that connects it by underground channels to the whole of Europe. The third performance of our Meeting of the Worlds fell on the night of the referendum (Midsummer Night!) when Britain decided to part the ways. Nevertheless, luckily, through Shakespeare, this "something" remains in their substance forever.