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Eurythmy and the Impulse of Dance

August 2014
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    7th August 2014
  • ISBN 9781855844032
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“Eurythmy is that very thing that dancers with a true idealism have been unconsciously seeking—the inner harmony and balance that was a natural condition of the Greeks, visible in their statues and carved figures, so that, even in a standing pose, movement seems to flow through them.”

Eurythmy is an expressive art of movement in which specific gestures relate to the sounds and rhythms of speech, to the tones and rhythms of music and to soul experiences, such as joy and sorrow.

In this succinct and accessible booklet, the authors present a clear introduction to this contemporary art form in the context of the impulse of dance today. What is eurythmy, and how does it relate to other arts of movement and dance? What is eurythmy’s purpose, and why did Rudolf Steiner create it in the early twentieth century? These and many more questions are answered in this extended essay, supplemented by 35 sketches of eurythmy figures by Rudolf Steiner that illustrate gestures of movement, feeling and character.

Marjorie Raffe

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A. C. Harwood

A. C. Harwood (1898–1975) was educated at Highgate school and Oxford and was a lifelong friend of the the writers Owen Barfield and C.S. Lewis (and later one of the trustees of Lewis’s literary estate). Harwood developed a career as a Waldorf school educator. He wrote The Recovery of Man in Childhood and The Way of a Child.

Marguerite Lundgren

Marguerite Lundgren (1916–1983), was born in London. She was able to attend the Michael Hall school, which stimulated her interest in eurythmy. She went on to study with Lieselotte Mann in England. In 1946, following her training, she joined the stage group at the Goetheanum, where her originality and talent were quickly spotted by the troupe leader, Marie Savitch. In 1948, she was asked to return to England to take over the eurythmy school of Vera and Judy Compton-Burnett, where she worked closely with Owen Barfield and Cecil Harwood, whom she married in 1953.During final years of her life brought the death of her husband, from which she never recovered, and her eurythmy school moved from London to East Grinstead in Sussex.