Eurythmy and Rudolf Steiner

Origins and Development 1912-39

Tatiana Kisseleff; Translated by Dorothea Mier


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  • A first-hand account of the origins of the eurythmy movement, which reveals its spiritual foundations
  • Written by Russian anthroposophist Tatiana Kisseleff, a pioneer for the eurythmy movement and student of Rudolf Steiner
  • Available in English for the first time, and fully illustrated with photographs, drawings and facsimile reproductions

An insightful, fully illustrated account of the beginnings of eurythmy from a pioneer of the movement who studied directly under Rudolf Steiner.

Floris Books
Holistic Health
212 pages
Publication date:
15 Jul 2021


In the autumn of 1912, Rudolf Steiner presented the first eurythmy performance. It marked the revival, in modern form, of the sacred art of dance, which had been used in the ancient Mysteries to express the movements of the stars and the planets. In the years that followed, Steiner and his wife, Marie von Sivers, developed eurythmy further, broadening it beyond the artistic to encompass healing and educational elements as well.

One of the pioneers of this new form of movement was the Russian anthroposophist Tatiana Kisseleff, who became a student of Steiner's and later a celebrated eurythmy teacher.

In this remarkable book, available for the first time in English, Kisseleff describes the spiritual foundations of eurythmy as they were explored in Steiner's lectures and recounts the instruction she received from him.

This is both an eyewitness account of the origins of eurythmy and a record of a deeply personal journey of one person's efforts to master it. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, facsimile reproductions from notebooks and posters advertising early eurythmy performances, alongside accounts of performances of various pieces including Shakespeare's The Tempest, Goethe's Faust, and Rudolf Steiner's own Mystery Dramas.

This is a fascinating account for eurythmists and anyone who wants to delve more deeply into eurythmy's history and development.


Tatiana Kisseleff (1881-1970) was born in Warsaw, Poland to Russian parents. She studied law in France and later went to live in Moscow where she met and married the painter Nikolai Kisseleff. The couple became interested in Theosophy, and in 1911 Tatiana met Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers in Hanover, Germany. Although Tatiana's interests lay in social work, Steiner directed her to the art of eurythmy and took her on as a personal student. She studied eurythmy in Berlin before being invited to Dornach in 1914 to teach eurythmy. The rest of her life was devoted to the practice and teaching of eurythmy.

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.

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