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Is there a connection between eurythmy and Dalcroze Eurythmics?

Did Steiner develop his ideas from Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (Dalcroze Eurythmics) or vice-versa? As I understand the way Rudolf Steiner developed the principles of eurythmy, he took his own observations and spiritual insight as the starting point, and scrutinised his experiences together with the eurythmists in training and rehearsal. He would choreograph a eurythmy form as a eurythmist improvised to the music behind him.

Steiner was definitely attempting to give birth to a new cultural impulse. He offered inspiration to other arts as well, such as architecture, painting, sculpture, speech and drama. I believe he was aware of other contemporary disciplines of movement and dance. A lot of creative development was going on at the beginning of the twentieth century.

I know very little about Dalcroze, but I guess he also observed and examined his own experiences of music. The common principles and inner lawfulness of music are bound to show up in both men's work. Whether the two were directly influenced by one another, I can only say that I have met with no direct evidence of it.


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