In the beginning, the goddess Eurynome was born from chaos. She could not find anything solid to set her feet on and began to dance in the immense empty space, faster and faster, until her movements gave birth to the wind. Eurynome danced with the wind and he became the snake of metamorphosis. Their child was the cosmic egg, and so the creation of all things began

Pelasgic myth

A silent eurythmic performance for the exhibition "We Treasure Our Lucid Dreams." The Other East and Esoteric Knowledge in Russian Art 1905–1969.

What is the beginning, the very beginning of things? Just steps into nowhere? Just lines, forms, images, inspiration? A little bit more every time, still being the very beginning and becoming even more Beginning?             

This eurythmic piece by Martje Brandsma was inspired by the myths of the Pelasgians, who inhabited Greece before the arrival of the Hellenes, or Greeks, and by other philosophical and spiritual writings about the Beginning: the creation of the world and the origin of life and death on Earth. 

The performance consists of two parts. The first will be presented on the opening day in the exhibition space, where Martje Brandsma will bring her movements into dialogue with the Museum. The second part will be an evening performance presented in spring. Both parts of the performance were commissioned by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Idea: Philipp Tok and Martje Brandsma
Movement choreography: Martje Brandsma
Production design: Philipp Tok
Inspired by Pelasgic myths, the writings of Rudolf Steiner and Philipp Tok, and others sources
Costumes: Elise Hageman


Martje Brandsma (b. 1983, Leusden, The Netherlands) trained as a ballroom dancing teacher (2000–2004) and at the Eurythmy Academy (2004–2008), then undertook eurythmy stage training (2009) and dance improvisation classes (2015–2017). She worked as a ballroom dancing teacher (2000–2004) and a trainer of eurythmy students (2010–2018) and has performed solo and in ensemble works since 2009. Since 2018 she has been a member of the Goetheanum Eurythmie Ensemble 2018. She lives and works in Dornach, Switzerland.

Philipp Tok (b. 1982, Leipzig) studied cultural philosophy and communication. From 2011 to 2018 he worked on the weekly magazine Das Goetheanum. He now works in design for the Goetheanum and as a freelancer on various projects. He lives and works in Dornach, Switzerland.


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