Integration

My children go to Waldorf school, and recently I attended a workshop on eurythmy. I’ve heard about it of course, but never paid any attention. Surprise—it really is quite marvelous. It made me vividly aware of how many of my own capacities are unused. To combine imagery, music and movement is nothing new or special for a dancer, but the educational purpose is to enable a fully integrated person—mind, body, feelings, imagination—all alive and working together. I doubt that Rudolf Steiner invented the exercises; he must have had talented people around him who could realize his ideas, but there is definitely a kind of genius in it. In the middle of a (for me) more or less difficult set of movements it occurred to me that Benjamin Buchloh is surely right that Joseph Beuys was a fake. To transpose the goal of an integrated individual to that of a total unity of art and society is a move from practice to theory—a major fail. I’m betting that Beuys never did any kind of practical training, though he espoused Anthroposophy. Installations of his work that I’ve seen are pretty inert, and do nothing of what they claim, and after a brief contact with eurythmy I have no hesitation in saying so. I’m not going to take the intention for the deed, the concept for reality. Anthroposophically inspired art is pretty disappointing nevertheless. The following three images are colored versions of Steiner’s black and white eurythmy drawings, following his own color notes.

Eurythmy Figures/SteinerEurythmy Figure/SteinerEurythmy Figure/Steiner

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