Making sound visible
In October 2019 the “Light-Eurythmy-Group” will be touring New Zealand. The Performing artists from Switzerland have been travelling the world for many years.
Eurythmy is neither dance nor mime, but an art of movement which makes speech and music visible. Eurythmy uses for its expression the most flexible of all instruments – the human body. Eurythmy propounds that each sound is universal and has its own distinctive movement, whether that sound be consonant, vowel, tone or the interval between tones.
This art of making sound visible through movement was developed 1912 by Rudolf Steiner an Austrian writer, scientist, artist and philosopher (1861-1925). The word Eurythmy stems from Greek and means beautiful, harmonious rhythm. The Light-Eurythmy-Group is based in Arlesheim-Dornach near Basel in Switzerland.
Thomas Sutter who has led the group for the past two decades says:
“Lighteurythmy” is the name of our group. This word was created by Rudolf Steiner and refers to the lighting impulse given for Eurythmy, which we cultivate in our performances. Lighteurythmy is not restricted to technical lighting, but includes the eurythmy process, whereby movement, inner striving and outer light become unified. Movement is led by light and conjures colour into the air. With Eurythmy we open and unfold forces of light. Eurythmy is a light-filled art, that spreads light and colour. “
Eurythmy is not only performed on stage, but is taught worldwide in Steiner Schools from kindergarten to Class 12, as part of the curriculum. It is also practised therapeutically for illnesses and general well-being.
The little ones will enjoy the journey of the four animals in “the Bremen Town musicians”. How they come together in their search to become musicians and how they courageously conquer their new home, “which suited them so well, that they did not care to leave it any more“ It is accompanied by light filled music.
“Peter and the Wolf”: This lovely musical story by Sergei Prokofiev, brings joy to children and adults alike, it is especially charming to see all the different animals and persons come to life through Eurythmy. Each Character has its own melody and even the garden gate and the grass around the pond begin to dance. Everyone loves the animals and birds and all are eager to find out if Peter succeeds to catch the great grey wolf!
“The Song of the Earth” is a colourful programme of poetry and music, which raises questions about our relationship to the earth. Even if the trenches we dig, criss cross her skin and the craters gape like wounds, mother earth resounds from all her wounds and crevices. But she needs us to reconnect to the sources of our thinking and deeds. It has its culmination in the “Fairies Scene” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, where the queen of the fairies states that “the seasons change for a reason.”
Th 3rd 7pm Opening Performance Antroposophical Conference (Homunkulus), Yeats:
Second Coming, I would enkindle Music Riho
Sa 5th 7pm The song of the Earth I matter to matter (public Performance)
Su 6th 8 30am Grundstein 3pm Peter and the Wolf Rudolf Steiner School Christchurch
Tue 8th 10 30am Peter and the Wolf Hohepa Christchurch
Fr 11th 1pm “Fairies in the Park“ 7 30pm The song of the Earth Trafalgar Hall, Nelson
Sa 12th 7 30pm The song of the Earth Riverside Community Motueka
Su 13th 2pm Peter and the Wolf for Motueka Steiner School
Tue 15th 9 30am Bremen town musicians, 11 15am, Peter and the Wolf 1 30pm Highschool,
7pm The Song of the Earth Raphaelhouse School Wellington
We 16th 11 10am Bremen,1 30pm Peter + Wolf Te Rah School Kapiti Coast
Fr 18th 10 50am Bremen town musicians, 11 40am Peter+Wolf, 2 10pm Highschool
Taikura Waldorf School
Sa 19th 4pm Peter and the Wolf + 7pm The song of the Earth Hohepa Clive
Mo 21st 9 30am Bremen town musicians 11 10am Peter + Wolf Waikato Waldorf School
Tue 22 Michael Park School Auckland 10 30am B.T.M 11 30 Peter+ Wolf 2 30pm Highsch
Sa 26th 4pm The Song of the Earth” + Foundation Stone Rudolf Steiner House Sydney
Su 27th 2pm „The Song o the Earth” 50 years Warrah Celebration (Light -version)
Mo 28th 10 30am Peter and the Wolf for Children and Residents in Warrah
Tue 29th 9 45am Bremen town musicians, 11 30 High School, 2 15pm Peter and the Wolf
7 30pm The Song of the Earth Lorien Novalis Steiner School Sydney