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Silke Sponheuer, Department Head

Silke Sponheuer has been teaching children, training teachers and performing eurythmy since 1983. Her work includes 17 years as a trainer at the world-renowned Eurythmy School-Hamburg in Germany, and many years as a performance artist throughout Europe and South Africa. During her years in Germany she was part of a consulting body for The Alternative Bank, where she used eurythmy as a medium for organisational development.

 

In 1998 Silke initiated Kairos Eurythmy Training in Cape Town. In addition to training students for formal Eurythmy qualifications, her vision has included classes and workshops for the general public and for organisations.

Silke on eurythmy: "I see in Eurythmy the creative tool to experience the values of our humanity. For me Eurythmy offers an empowering artistic, self-developmental, community building way to counterbalance all the onslaughts we are faced with in our lives – including the daily schemes of stress and over-business, and the challenges within ourselves up to the big demanding world events.

My special interest lies in the connection of Eurythmy and Music, exploring the close relationship all music stirs for expressive movement. This led me to embark on the research project for my Masters degree at the University of Cape Town in 2009. The theme of the project was "Expression of Music through the movements of Tone-Eurythmy" and included various choreography principles for an artistic presentation.

Silke graduated in 2009 with distinction. Download her thesis (PDF, 8MB - large file): Music made visible in time and space: Concepts of simultaneity in tone-eurythmy choreography.