How the New Art of Eurythmy Began: Lory Maier-Smits, the First Eurythmist
For most arts, the actual historical dates of their birth are unknown, though we can usually distinguish significant changes in the directions they take. By contrast, the beginning and establishment of eurythmy as a new art of movement has been documented extensively. The story of the first eurythmist, Lory Maier-Smits, is told in the pages of this profusely illustrated book. How the New Art of Eurythmy Began provides a valuable contribution to that legacy, bringing to life the pioneering period when eurythmy was being developed under Rudolf Steiner’s personal instruction and guidance.
Magdalene Siegloch traces Lory Maier-Smits’ biography with loving care and detail. She describes the eurythmist’s early exposure to Anthroposophy, her training under Steiner beginning in 1912, the first performance of eurythmy during the Theosophical Society festival in 1913, Steiner’s lectures on eurythmy, the staging of eurythmy under the direction of Marie Steiner, and Maier-Smits’ later work as a eurythmy teacher. The author also gives an account of Maier-Smits’ personal path of development, as well as her marriage and family life.
C O N T E N T S:
Preface by Virginia Sease
1. 1893–1913. Preparing for the Exceptional Task: Lory Smits’ Family and the Theosophical Society
2. 1907–1913. Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers Endeavor to Bring the Artistic Element to Life in the Theosophical Society
3. September 1912. Rudolf Steiner Inaugurates Eurythmy: Lory Smits Is Give Nine Lessons
4. September 1912–April 1913. Lory Smits Independently Works through the Indications She Has Received and Prepares the First Performance
5. August 1913. Eurythmy Premiere during the summer Drama Festival of the Theosophical Society
6. 1913–1914. Lory Smits Gives Courses within the Anthroposophical Society and Trains Eurythmists
7. August 1915. Rudolf Steiner Gives 18 Lessons to Develop Eurythmy
8. 1917. Lory Smits Marries Alfred Maier
9. 1920–1922. Lory’s Contribution to Stage Eurythmy
10. 1923–1958. Lory in the Circle of Her Family
11. New Work in Eurythmy
About the Author
Magdalene Siegloch (1917–2013) trained in eurythmy under Else Klink at the Eurythmeum in Stuttgart. After World War II, she joined a eurythmy stage group formed by Klink and taught eurythmy and poetry in the Stuttgart training course, where she met Lory Maier-Smits. Later she worked in North America, Mexico, and Columbia.