Eurythmy Spring Valley
Form. Movement. Language.
Friday, November 16, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Cedarwood Waldorf School, Portland Waldorf School, Swallowtail Waldorf School, Micha-el School, and Portland Eurythmy are proud to co-sponsor an evening performance by the artists of Eurythmy Spring Valley.
Form, movement, language -- Eurythmy is a relatively new movement art that brings all three together. It gives expression to the whole voice of the human being and the world language, through movement, color, and form.
When this integration takes place through Eurythmy, the spiritual nature behind each living thing begins to have a clear voice -- a visible reality. The living mysteries that form our body, our soul, the stars, and the seas speak their names in the gestures of language and life. Eurythmy brings these gestures into a rich, expressive art form.
This evening's program will follow a path of initiation that winds its way through many landscapes and atmospheres in search of the well-springs of life.
In Mary Oliver’s poem “West Wind,” we hear the call to embrace life with all its dangers and pitfalls, to row the boat with all our strength toward the thundering sound of life’s mighty waterfall—for it is only through the torrent of experience that we can discover our higher calling.
There are times when our journey leads us through barren regions of arid desert. In the opening line of an excerpt from T.S. Eliot’s twentieth century masterpiece, The Wasteland, we are told: “Here is no water but only rock.” We seek to find our way through this desolate world until we can hear a “spring, a pool among the rock...sound of water over a rock / Where the hermit thrush sings in the pine trees.” This journey through the wasteland is echoed and enhanced through an interweaving of music from composers such as Zoltán Kodály and Peter Sculthorpe.
We then begin to find a way forward on our spiritual quest in “Song of a Man Who Has Come Through” by D. H. Lawrence. The poet writes, “Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!” If we wish to redeem the wasteland, we must learn to become vessels, instruments of a higher world. Through our work with those higher powers can we can realize our humanity’s full potential. As we hear in the final lines of the poem, “What is the knocking at the door in the night?...it is the three strange angels. Admit them, admit them!”
The program will also include a second part with various pieces of a lighter, humorous nature, as well as a grand composition for piano.
Eurythmy Spring Valley comprises the internationally-known performing Ensemble and the highly respected School of Eurythmy, nestled in Chestnut Ridge, NY, which offers both full-time and part-time training leading to a variety of careers in Eurythmy.