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Works of Marie Steiner

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Sketch of Rudolf Steiner lecturing at the East-West Conference in Vienna.

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Works of Marie Steiner

Short Biography

Marie von Sivers (sometimes spelled Sievers) was born on March 14th 1867 of an aristocratic family in Włocławek, Poland, then part of Russia. She was well-educated and was fluent in Russian, German, English, French and Italian. She studied theater and recitation with several teachers in Europe.

Marie Steiner-von Sivers was the second wife of Rudolf Steiner and one of his closest colleagues. She made a great contribution to the development of anthroposophy, particularly in her work on the renewal of the performing arts (eurythmy, speech and drama), and the editing and publishing of Rudolf Steiner's literary estate.

Starting in 1912, the art of eurythmy was developed by Rudolf Steiner. Under Marie Steiner-von Sivers' guidance, it developed in three directions, as a stage art, as an integral part of Waldorf pedagogy, and as a therapeutic method. Under her tutelage, two schools of eurythmy were founded, in Berlin and in Dornach, Switzerland.

Marie von Sivers was trained in recitation and elocution and made a study of purely artistic speaking. She gave introductory poetry recitals at Steiner's lectures and assisted him in the development of the four Mystery Dramas (1910–1913). With her help, Steiner conducted several speech and drama courses with the aim of raising these forms to the level of true art.

Ms Steiner died on December 27th 1948.

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Portrait of Marie Steiner-von Sivers

Thanks to an anonymous donation, this lecture has been made available.


Article: Creative Speech  
Foreword: to Rudolf Steiner's lecture series, Education  
Essay: In Memory of Rudolf Steiner  

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