Movement for Our Time

Movement for Our Time


Eurythmy as a new art of movement was inaugurated in September 1912. It was a time of searching for renewal in dance, ballet, theatre and other arts as a counterbalance to increasingly mechanised world. New impulses were coming from America and Russia (Duncan, St. Denis, M. Allan, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes) and meeting in Europe.

While here, in the middle, in Switzerland and Germany, Eurythmy was being developed by Rudolf Steiner out his deep insight into the soul-spiritual nature of the Human Being and the World. First as a stage art, then as a subject of education in Waldorf/Steiner Schools for healthy development of child (1919) and then as a Therapy (1921). Since his death (1925) many new ways of using Eurythmy have been introduced (social, hygienic, health promoting, workplace, meditative) but its vast potential is still far from being exhausted and known to majority of people.

The great advantage of Eurythmy compared to similar movement disciplines like Yoga, Tai Chi or Qui Gong is that it is suitable for modern European consciousness and body constitution. While it is probably true that the West has largely lost its connection with the spirit, it is not necessary to turn East and into the past to find it. Eurythmy proves that it can be cultivated right here and now.