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The Vowels

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Vowels are forces of rest, heart forces. Where there is restlessness and chaos, they order, form, point to the essential. Actually, they have no external movement. Their principle is radiation, the presence, the role model. They act as invisible magnetic fields that structure the space and even give support when the exterior is removed.

 

In the painting by Giovanni Donato da Montorfano you can see the vowel gestures for "U", "E", "A" and "O", in the gestures of the four angels from left to right. Each of the four angels gathered around the crucified Christ represents a different quality of soul with his gesture. Mary Magdalene, huddled at the foot of the cross, and Christ's open gesture, together express a central aspect of the "I" gesture.

 

450 Years before the birth of eurythmy, the  basic eurythmic gestures of all five vowels of the alphabet have already been displayed in this painting on the south wall of the dining room of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. As we explore the individual vowels, I will try to interpret the painterly execution of these five gestures and relate them to the events of the Crucifixion.


Eurythmy with the alphabet?

BI-01.en Eurythmy with the alphabet
Vowels are power houses
6:49
Vowels

E

V.e-1 The basic gesture of the vowel E
The basic gesture of E
8:59
V.e-2 E of the two columns
E of the two columns
9:16
Ve-3 The big E gesture
The big E-gesture
4:53
Ve-4 The reverence E
Reverence E
4:36
Ve-5 Encounter of the world with E
World Encounter E
4:47
Ve-6 E with the legs
E with the legs
7:26
E-Angel

I

V.i-1 the basic gesture of the vowel I
The basic gesture of I
10:40
Vi-2 The archetypal I - uprightness through rootedness
The archetypal I
4:48
Vi-3 the I with the legs
I with legs and feet
9:14
I-Angel

O

Vo-1 The basic gesture of the vowel O
The basic gesture of O
6:49
Vo-2 O with the feet
O in the feet
8:28
Vo-3 The O with walking a circle
Walking O
8:04
O-Angel

U

V.u-1 The basic gesture of the vowel U
The basic gesture of U
9:47
Vu-2 The I in U
The I in U
8:25
Vu-3 The U from the left and the right
U from left and right
14:18
U-Angel

Ei

V_ei-1 eurythmic gesture for the diphtong Ei
The basic gesture of Ei
9:08
V_ei-2 The eurythmic moon gesture
Eurythmy gesture for Moon
8:22

Au

V_au-1 the small gesture of Au
The small Au gesture
7:06
V_au-2 the big gesture of Au
The big Au gesture
7:56

Appendix

0 Montorfano
Montorfano complete scene
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