It’s mid-morning in Larchfield. In the empty Hall, a ray of sunlight beaming through the stained glass window makes a colourful pool in the centre of the smooth wooden floor. The door swings opens and in come members of the Eurythmy group. Dressed in loose, comfortable clothing, they chat as they change into soft shoes. When everyone is ready, Alma takes her place at the piano and Jane, the teacher, invites the group to form a circle. The first exercise helps people to find their balance, first on their own two feet and then as a group. Slowly everyone begins to move together, gliding in and out of the circle, as individuals and as one…
"It keeps you fitter"
Gentle yet enlivening, Eurythmy enriches life for many of us in Camphill. As a form of artistic movement it’s been around for nearly 100 years. But for Daniel, who’s here in the Hall at Larchfield today, it’s a new discovery. After deciding to take a trial class earlier this year, he was hooked. ‘It’s fun. It keeps you fitter,’ he explains. And it’s liberating: during Eurythmy Daniel finds he can take off the leg braces he usually wears.
Seeing what we hear
As the class progresses, people go from walking slowly and rhythmically in a circle to more difficult movements like skipping, jumping, and using their bodies to make basic geometric shapes. It helps build co-ordination and strength. A more subtle, expressive purpose is evident, too, when Alma plays a minuet and the group begins to use gestures to express the rhythm and pitch – making the music visible. 'Eurythmy is good', says Daniel later. "You move your arms and legs. It makes you feel better."