15 lectures, Dornach, August 4, 1922 – July, 12, 1924 (CW 279)
“Only someone who creatively unfolds a sense for art from an inner calling, an inner enthusiasm, can work as an artist in eurythmy. To manifest those possibilities of form and movement inherent in the human organization, the soul must inwardly be completely occupied with art. This all-embracing character of eurythmy was the foundation for all that was presented.” —Rudolf Steiner
“For the poet, for the thinker, and for the movement artist who thinks with his/her whole body, the highest mental act is done with all their heart and with all their mind and with all their soul.” —Alan Stott
Following his lecture-course Eurythmy as Visible Singing, these fundamental lectures on speech eurythmy—offered in response to specific requests—gave Rudolf Steiner the opportunity to complete the foundations of the new art of movement. Speaking to eurythmists and invited artists, Steiner connects to the centuries-old esoteric and exoteric Western traditions of “the Word”—the creative power in the sounds of the divine–human alphabet—giving it concrete form and expression in the performing arts, education and therapy.
In addition to the fifteen lectures in the course, this special edition features supporting lectures and reports by Steiner, dozens of photographs, and line drawings, as well as introductions, commentary, notes, and supplementary essays compiled by editor Alan Stott, including “Eurythmy and the English Language” by Annelies Davidson. Although aimed primarily at the professional concerns of eurythmists who perform, teach, or work as therapists, the lectures offer a wealth of suggestions and insights to those with artistic questions and concerns.
This volume is a translation from German of the book Eurythmie als sichtbare Sprache (GA 279).
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.