Tone and Speech Eurythmy

Elena Zuccoli; Translated by Dorothea Mier and Clifford Venho


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  • A personal and insightful account from the early days of eurythmy
  • Offers a unique first-hand perspective from a student of Rudolf and Marie Steiner
  • Available in English for the first time, this is a fascinating resource for eurythmists looking to enhance their understanding and practice of tone and speech eurythmy

For the first time in English, a celebrated eurythmist reveals the challenges faced by the early eurythmy students. This is a fascinating first-hand account, ideal for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of this unique art.

Floris Books
Holistic Health
128 pages
Publication date:
30 Mar 2023


When Marie and Rudolf Steiner developed the art of eurythmy in the early twentieth century, their aim was to awaken the musical element within the human form, in a spiritual way. In this unique form of movement, both music and the spoken word are made visible through dance and gestures.

Drawing on her first-hand experience of learning from Marie and Rudolf Steiner, celebrated eurythmist Elena Zuccoli describes the development of eurythmy and gives a personal account of the challenges that faced the early students as they sought to master this new discipline.

Available for the first time in English, this fascinating book is ideal for eurythmists who wish to deepen their understanding and practice of tone and speech eurythmy, and anyone who wants to learn more about the history of this special art.


Elena Zuccoli (1901-96) was born in Milan, Italy. In 1922 she began her training in speech and tone eurythmy at the Eurythmy School in Stuttgart, Germany which was inaugurated by Marie Steiner. She then taught eurythmy at the school in Dornach, Switzerland, for a decade until 1934. Elena continued to teach and perform across Europe until shortly before her death.

Dorothea Mier was director of Eurythmy Spring Valley, USA, from 1980 to 2005, following many years as a member of the Goetheanum stage group under the direction of Marie Savitch. She is currently active teaching workshops in the US and abroad.

Cliff Venho is an editor at Steiner Books, USA.

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