Bartlett - Established 1884 in New York City

Thanks to Whole Foods Market for sponsorship of the tour through the use of their demo kitchens and providing organic meals to the tour's performing artists.

 

Symphonic Eurythmy Tour 2005

A generation has come of age since orchestral eurythmy—and the full richness of the art that it reflects—was last seen in North America 27 years ago.

Lemniscate Arts & Eurythmy Spring Valley are honored to bring the New World Symphonic Eurythmy Tour to 16 cities across the United States and Canada in August, September, and October 2005.

We are grateful to the 26 participating eurythmists from 11 countries, to our renowned conductor, to the local symphonies from 15 cities and their host theatres, to our sponsors and to the people in many communities who came together to make this artistic event possible.

 

The Program

Speech Eurythmy: And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas

 

Rarely are we conscious of the wonder and complexity of our organs of speech.  Our whole muscular and bone structures are needed to place air into motion that transmits the world of the spoken word.  What we are normally aware of is the enormous impact the words themselves can have on our lives, individually and collectively. 

Michael Steinruck
Marke Levene
Kim Snyder-Vine
     

Starting from the insights given by Rudolf Steiner about these questions, in eurythmy we have been able to develop artistic expression of the formative forces of speech and the qualities of the movement of the air itself.  In Speech Eurythmy, we work with each sound and each linguistic element as the foundation of the movements, bringing these elements into artistic life through the content of the spoken piece.

For the New World Tour, we chose Dylan Thomas’ And Death Shall Have No Dominion because it contains a scope of artistic vision grand enough to stand together with a symphonic work.   The majesty of the poem and the artistry of Annelies Davidson’s choreography, create an outstanding introduction to the art of Speech Eurythmy. The poem will be performed by Michael Steinruck, Marke Levene and Kim Snyder-Vine.

A drawing of the choreographed form the eurythmists will follow while speech artists
speak in this performance.

 
And Death Shall Have No Dominion
by Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.

Dylan Thomas (1914--1953), Man of Contrasts

Entering the world of Dylan Thomas' poetry, one is struck by its elemental forcefulness, its sure-footed strength. His language has a roguish, playful rhythm, lush and delicious sounds, and a seeming recklessness and abandon that whirl one into the dance. But one also meets another Dylan Thomas, one who is deeply serious, anchored in the eternal, in a faith that goes beyond mere life or nature. Similarly, while Dylan Thomas's private life was messy to say the least, the care with which he crafted his works shows that he aimed high spiritually and considered two lines of poetry a worthy result of a full day's work.

Though Thomas spoke and wrote in English, his gift as a Welshman lifts his language nearly into song, and his poetry is permeated by the powerful cadence of Methodist preachers. The theme of And Death Shall Have No Dominion could be seen as biblical. The poet's thought turns around the Last Judgement, maybe the End of Time, when, he hopes, death itself will be no more. Life's sorrow and pain will fall away against a background of the great spiritual values: "Though lovers be lost, love shall not".

by Annelies Davidson

Another drawing of the choreographed form the eurythmists will follow
while speech artists speak And Death Shall Have No Dominion
by Dylan Thomas.

 

 

watch

New to Eurythmy? Here are 4 brief glimpses of Eurythmy's majesty and beauty... Click on a clip from the New World Tour:

Movement II - A
Movement II - B
Movement III
Movement IV

 

high praise

 

"It was a simply wonderful performance… Personally, I experienced a new dimension in the music, being able to see through the movements on stage how the music is woven together. Big thanks to you!"

Philip Mees

 

"What a whole new vivifying world it gives to music! My friends could scarcely believe how beautiful it was."

Eloise Krivosheia 

 

"We — the Waldorf School of Orange County — took our complete grades 5 through 8 to the performance. It was an extraordinary experience for them, one they will never forget!"

Elisabeth Beck 

 

 

contact us

For further information, please call 707-824-0655 or email us.

Copyright 2005 Project Seven Development