The first Waldorf School was founded in 1919. Since then art, especially the art forms of eurythmy, choir singing and playing an instrument in an orchestra, are an important pedagogical and artistic part of school life. They are so with good reason: they encourage creativity, they expand speech and musical comprehension, they deepen the inner and outer flexibility and they make people see and feel the relationships of social interaction.
For several years diverse youth projects have been giving the opportunity to many young people to engage and to experience those arts free of the context of school. Since 2012 approximately 240 people practiced eurythmy to symphonies of Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert during three WHAT MOVES YOU? projects, which were each four weeks long. EURYTHMY IN PROGRESS is a eurythmy project, founded in 2017 which allowed young people to gain first stage experiences on a small scale. CANTARE has taken place seven times and has inspired almost 500 young people to sing and play, classical choir and orchestra music.
In summer 2019 CONNECT wants to bring those three art forms together in one international youth project to honor the 100th anniversary of Waldorf Schools. CONNECT sees the three art forms as equal – they work consensus-based, they are open minded and they mutually enrich each other: CONNECT connects.
The project starts with the eurythmy and choir participants. One week later the orchestra will join the project and rehearsals to finish off the image of three equal arts. You can work, live, experience, find new paths together and broaden your minds for two or three weeks on the project’s campus in Hamburg. We will take care of your meals. A young and creative kitchen staff will daily cook three delicious, organic and vegetarian meals for you. We opted for organic and vegetarian food because sustainability is very important to us.
At the dinner table or during the rehearsals, you will make new friends, exchange your world views, push your boundaries, sometimes you might argue, you will definitely laugh a lot and evolve daily. Together you can engage freely in the artistic process for 6 hours daily. The artistic process is as important as the final outcome: a top-level stage performance starring over 150 young people. Music pieces from Bach („Nun ist das Heil“), by Brahms („Schicksalslied“) and by Tschaikowsky („Ouvertüre Romeo und Julia“) are scheduled in the program.
We at CONNECT want the three arts to be equal. Eurythmy, choir and orchestra will form a triad, that moves. And lives.
12 July to 4 August 2019 for the choir and eurythmy
21 July to 4 August 2019 for the orchestra
Young people aged between the ages of 17 and 26 coming from all over the world (maximum 60 eurythmy, 80 choir, 55 orchestra)
Conditions of Participation
For the choir: basic musical skills and being familiar with sheet music. For eurythmy: prior eurythmy experience is advised. For the orchestra: Audition video (details in the registration process).
The project’s aim is to create a space for young people to intensively engage with the arts of eurythmy, choir singing and orchestra music. Participants of CONNECT will have the opportunity to experience the three forms of art in cooperation and to find out about how they can influence and complete each other
At least two performances open to the public
- 275 € for the orchestra,
- 375 € for choir,
- 475 € for eurythmy,
payable in two installments (further information under “apply”)
Duration of the Application Process
15 October 2018 to 1 May 2019
You can look forward to a project of exceptional artistic and pedagogical quality. But our aspiration even surpasses this: the common work and the consequential understanding of others and of the arts results in true encounters between humans. Bonds will be made that hold even beyond the project’s boundaries. All this requires not only a certain open mindedness and professionality but also empathy, skill, perseverance, teamwork and people’s enthusiasm to move and make music. Last but not least it requires a setting that offers a relaxed and carefree environment for everybody. We, the organizational team of CONNECT, are here to create this setting for you – are you ready to fill it with life?