, 26. January 2016
Art of Movement or Dancing Names?


Illiterate people bring it in one sentence without indent in connection with the Waldorf School. The putative transliteration "to dance one´s name" seems to be the second forename of eurhythmy. However, this movement art can express much more than just names. About the game of lightness and its complex principles:

x-working Eurhythmy: Beautiful movements, visible made language and rhythmic order, which fascinate and polarize at the same time
Eurhythmy: Beautiful movements, visible made language and rhythmic order, which fascinate and polarize at the same time

Playful lightness with complex choreographies
The instrument is the body. The danced forms - choreographies - are animated impressed language. Eurhythmy is a movement art that polarizes and fascinates as well like almost no other art form. "Dancing her or his name" can surely everyone. Not only Waldorf students - so far the commonly held prejudice. And yes, it is probably undoubtedly like this. A subject at Waldorf Schools. And no, anything else but simple is the putative ease. Eurhythmy atomises the charm of playful ease, leaves plenty of room for the individual. But what looks danced that fleet-footed, contains of complex principles. Moreover, sometimes only gestures may express what words alone can only phrase very inadequately.

From the beginnings of eurhythmy
There are mental contents that are expressed in motion. Founder of this art movement is Rudolf Steiner, who often got entitled as a teacher, mystic and life reformer in the early 20th century. He was the one who created the principles by which poems and pieces of music were translated into choreographies with simple to complex figures.

What is behind the movements?
For newcomers to the subject, it may be difficult to imagine, how diverse the world of dancing really is. From the key, over the internal dynamics up to costumes and props descriptions: All that can be translated by the help of choreographies. At the tonal eurhythmy there are time signatures, in the sound eurhythmy there are text lines finding expression. It is danced is solo as well as in groups.

Healthy for body and mind
Jürgen Frank, an eurhythmy teacher who is working at the Waldorf School in Hamburg-Bergstedt, interviewed students for an article published in February 2011 in the journal "Erziehungskunst", what benefits does eurhythmy provide for them. The feedbacks varied. Movements to classical music would improve their coordination, their consciousness, the three-dimensional thinking, their posture and their sense of rhythm.

The eurhythmy is also rumoured that it supports diverse healing processes in a sustainable way.

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