Foundation Stone Meditation:
Eurythmy Performance with Presentation
EURYTHMY SPRING VALLEY ENSEMBLE
Come and celebrate the special festival of Whitsun with Rudolf Steiner’s verse at the core of Anthroposophy.
The Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble, one of the leading eurythmy groups in the world, will perform and present all four panels of the Foundation Stone Meditation on the eve of Whitsun.
Experience the depth of the cosmic spirit Light in spoken words, and harmonious movement art of eurythmy in the Foundation Stone Meditation, for which Rudolf Steiner gave the forms, and the indications for gestures, costumes, and lighting.
MAY OUR HEARTS BE WARMED
AND OUR MINDS ENLIGHTENED!
In addition to the live performance by professional eurythmists, Dorothea Mier, one of the world’s most senior and still active eurythmy experts, will present what lies behind the harmonious movement you will see.
Please note that sitting is limited.
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About Foundation Stone Meditation
The Foundation Stone Mantram was given to the members of the Anthroposophical Society during the Christmas Foundation Meeting in Dornach, Switzerland, in 1923/1924. This Mantram was central to the re-founding of the Society on an entirely new basis.
Rudolf Steiner very soon thereafter gave a form for the eurythmists, including indications for specific gestures, costumes, and lighting; and by Easter 1924, the Foundation Stone was performed in eurythmy. These indications have been passed on to the next generation of eurythmists. Since 1988, Eurythmy Spring Valley has worked with and performed the Foundation Stone, first in German, and then in English, after being introduced to it by one of the eurythmists, Alice Pracht-Loudon, who performed this Mantram for many years at the Goetheanum.
Click here to read the verse in English.
About the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble
In the fall of 1986, the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble embarked on its first performance tour to the Southwest with a full evening program for the public, and a fairy tale for school performances. Since that first journey 33 years ago, the Ensemble has performed continuously in North America and Europe, as well as engaged in special projects: New World Symphony Project to sixteen North American cities, Haydn Symphony Project, 100 Years of Eurythmy Symphony Project, and a tour to Japan and China. With the number of performances, conferences, and workshops presenting each year, they are one of the three most active eurythmy touring ensembles in the world.
The Ensemble membership now has a very dynamic mix with Barbara Schneider-Serio, Zachary Dolphin, Ivilisse Esguerra Venho, Virginia Hermann, Elsa Macauley, Sea-Anna Vasilas, and Clifford Venho. They are working with expert eurythmy choreographers, including Barbara Schneider-Serio, Annelies Davidson, Dorothea Mier, and Natasha Moss.
One of their key tools for introducing eurythmy to new communities and audiences is through the varied performances of the touring ensemble. They continually strive to develop programs that inspire and refresh people of all ages in diverse audiences, opening a direct experience of the beauty, substance and healing that eurythmy has to offer. Beyond the performances for the general public, they see the importance of bringing artistic eurythmy into Waldorf communities around the world as an essential part of developing strong and sustainable eurythmy programs within these school settings.
For more information, visit their website at www.eurythmy.org.
About the Harmonious Movement Art of Eurythmy
Eurythmy is the breathing, alive space among people; it’s the flow of energy as we move along, towards, through, past each other. Not just “dancing with” as in folk dance, or “dancing at” as in ballet, but consciously cultivating the aliveness among the movers, between the movers and observers. Time and space are crafted into a magical opening where we can all glimpse our own true dreams, the dreams that we were born with, the path of humaneness that awaits our discovery.
As integrated harmonious movement system, eurythmy makes the pictures we form in our mind visible: sounds of speech, tones in music, colors, gestures for soul moods, principles to move in space. Eurythmy offers a set of tools for transforming the inner activity and spiritual exploration into conscious harmonious movement. Thus movement, created in eurythmy, includes all aspects of our humanness.
When the sounds of language and song are intoned, they set into motion, unique, yet invisible gestures through the air. Artistically expressed, they reveal the specific gestures belonging to each consonant or vowel, each musical tone or interval. These innate forms living in sound, within our souls and in the world become the basis for the art form of eurythmy.
In eurythmy, one sculpts the space, the air, the energy around oneself to make speech visible; one expands the sphere around oneself within which music becomes visible. Words, thoughts, music, images, made visible through harmonious movement, lighten people’s burdens, lift their hearts, reawaken their Souls.
Eurythmy—performance art, pedagogical tool, movement therapy, social art, spiritual practice—created at the beginning of the 20th century by Rudolf Steiner, is now emerging from obscurity at this poignant moment in human evolution.
The Foundation Stone Meditation Series at Anthroposophy NYC
Upon a suggestion of a long-standing member of the New York City Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America, the new Program Leadership Group at Anthroposophy NYC reached out to the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble to bring the Foundation Stone Meditation to Manhattan.
After two public eurythmy workshops on the Foundation Stone Meditation this spring, the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble will offer an evening performance and presentation of all four panels of the Foundation Stone Meditation on June 8, the eve of Whitsun. The forms, costumes, and lighting indications were given by Rudolf Steiner.
For more information, send a note to programs (at) asnyc.org.