The Vowels

AEIOU P1060663.JPGVowels 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. Magdalena, huddled at the foot of the cross, and Christ's open gesture, 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 on the south wall of the dining room of the Dominican con-vent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. In the following description of the individual vowels, I will try to interpret the painterly execution of these five gestures and relate them to the events of the Crucifixion.


The basic gesture of E
E of the two columns
The big E-gesture
Reverence E
World Encounter E
E with the legs


The basic gesture of I
The archetypal I
I with legs and feet


The basic gesture of O
O in the feet
Walking O


The basic gesture of U
The I in U
U from left and right


The basic gesture of Ei
Eurythmy gesture for Moon


The small Au gesture
The big Au gesture


Montorfano complete scene
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