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dicembre 09, 2019


European Academy of Eurythmy

European Academy of Eurythmy

A Project for Eurythmy Training in Venice

The Project

The idea to establish a eurythmy training course in Venice is the response to the request of a number of people who have already experienced this art form and now urgently wish to train in eurythmy themselves – in the Venice area – as a way of opening up new professional avenues.


The academy is the natural result of a ten-year exploration into eurythmy in the Venice area. During this time, a series of initiatives and opportunities to experience eurythmy have led to the creation of a dynamic network of cultural and human contacts, which is now supporting the realisation of the project.

The training project is amongst the cultural and artistic activities promoted by the Laboratorio Harmonia, based at the Canevon in Malcontenta.

The Training

Eurythmy is an art of movement which is studied to professional level at an academy of art.

The intensive practice of eurythmy, with its fluid and plastic movements, its choreography as a series of processes, its gestures, colours, forms, drawing inspiration from music and poetry, from the essence of language, shapes the artist's body, enabling him/her to express and manifest the secret laws of nature and of the human being.

Word and sound become sources of creation: in making them visible through eurythmy, our expressive and creative faculties are heightened and developed.

The art of eurythmy enhances our sense of self, as well as our awareness of the world around us.

This heightening of the conscious, strengthens and increases our sociality and hones our ability to interact in a constructive and creative way with others and our surroundings.

This art form enhances both the process of recognition and connection with others, and the strengthening and harmonious integration of the corporeal, emotional and spiritual planes.

There are four main areas in which eurythmy is applied:

  • in art, with shows, performances, solo and ensemble events which enrich cultural life;
  • in pedagogy, by supporting the training of the individual in all phases of his/her development, and developing his/her sociality;
  • in society, through all those activities (from courses to flash mobs) which enliven the social fabric by involving people from various backgrounds;
  • in therapy, where eurythmy accompanies the medical treatment of many ailments.

To obtain a diploma, it is necessary to undertake a complete 4-year course, of which at least the final year should be attended full-time. For those wishing to use eurythmy for therapeutic purposes, an extra 2-year specialization course is required.

In order that course-participants gain a fully recognised diploma certificate, the course is run in cooperation with the Department of Spoken and Musical Arts of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, and therefore under the auspices of eurythmy training at international level.

Course objectives

Each course participant who undertakes the training will be supported along a path which will nurture and realise his or her particular potential. This will require active participation as well as personal initiative on the part of each participant.

The objectives:

  • To become acquainted with, adopt and employ the art of movement of eurythmy and its basic elements, in relation to music, to the spoken word and to eurythmy with the use of copper rods;
  • To become acquainted with the development of the human being in each phase of life on the basis of anthroposophical anthropology;
  • To enhance one's capacity for self-awareness, the awareness of others and of one's surroundings and develop the empathy that is needed to be able to take eurythmy into various contexts in an appropriate manner;
  • To  develop one's creativity, which is understood as the ability to elaborate, personalize and create new things and the ability to explore;
  • To become acquainted with the realm of nature and of the living world;
  • To appropriate the basics of the art of the spoken word and the theatrical techniques of Michael Chekhov;
  • To become acquainted with and appropriate the basic elements of metrics and poetry;
  • To become acquainted with and appropriate the basic elements of music: reading of musical notation, harmony, vocal technique and choral singing;
  • To become acquainted with the basic elements of Spacial Dynamics®.

By the end of the course, the eurythmists will have developed greater autonomy and personal initiative and will be in a position to organise projects and performances and run their own activities.

Teaching staff

Eurythmy of the spoken word and music: Cristina Dal Zio and Gia van der Akker

Hygienic eurythmy: Roberta Tubia

The art of speech and theatre: Enrica dal Zio

Knowledge of man and biography: Paola Forasacco

Observation of man and nature: Luca Sermoneta

Choral singing and vocal technique: Nicola Ardolino

Spacial Dynamics®: Cristina Dal Zio

Music theory and accompaniment: Stefania Visentin

Observation and anthroposophy: Luca Sermoneta


Laboratorio Harmònia – Canevon,
Via J. Del Cassero 4, Malcontenta, Venice

Associazione Pan di Zenzero
Cannaregio 3144,
Fondamenta dei Riformati o del Bersaglio, area Sant'Alvise,

First Year Attendance

Weekly lessons: 9 hours per week divided into three lessons (from September to July)

Intensive weekend: two per year (15 hours each)

Intensive week: two per year (42 hours each)

Second Year Attendance

Weekly lessons: 13 hours per week divided into four lessons (from September to July)

Intensive weekend: two per year (15 hours each)

Intensive week: two per year (42 hours each)

Third Year Attendance

Weekly lessons: 13 hours per week divided into four lessons (from September to July)

Intensive weekend: two per year (15 hours each)

Fourth Year Attendance

Full time: every day from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (from September to June)

Course director
Cristina Dal Zio

Coordination, organisation and project development
Cristina Dal Zio, Annalisa Bognanni, Anna Ippolito


For those wishing to support the Academy with donations
IBAN IT46J 08689 02003 00701 0013473

Associazione Laboratorio Harmonia

Please stipulate Accademia di Euritmia Venezia
as reason for payment

For further information

mobile tel.
+39 339 5873537; +39 347 1024221

Teaching Staff

Cristina Dal Zio

Following her secondary school education, Cristina studied singing at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Venice and at the Hamburg Musikseminar.
In 1995 she gained a diploma in Eurythmy from the Eurythmie Schule Hamburg under Carine Schmid. She graduated in Eurythmy from the Alanus Hochschule Alfter (Bonn, Germany) gaining a Master of Arts in Eurythmy Performance. Following a four-year training course, she gained a diploma in Spacial Dynamics®, Level l. She is currently attending Level 2  courses. She also holds a diploma in Bothmer®  Gymnastics.
She was a member of the Aphaia Ensemble at the Akademie fűr Eurythmische Kunst Baselland (Switzerland) and has since taken part in numerous artistic projects in many countries, both as a soloist and in ensemble.  She has collaborated with organisations such as La Biennale di Veneiza. DAMS Bologna, Eurythmische Kunst Baselland, Alanus Hochschule After, Scuola di Arteterapia Stella Maris Bologna, Formazione per insegnanti Waldorf (Training for Waldorf Teachers) Manduria (Taranto), Tamteatromusica Padova.
Cristina brings joy and enthusiasm to all her courses and projects, which take place in both public and private spheres (including Waldorf Schools) in various countries and involve children, young people and adults of all ages, as well as those with disabilities. She has been living in Venice since 2000. She is the founder of the European Academy of Eurythmy Venice and has been its director since its establishment in September 2014.

Gia van der Akker

Gia was born in Holland in 1961. Following her secondary school education, she gained a diploma in Eurythmy, studying in Den Haag with Werner Barfod (Netherlands), in Stuttgart with Else Klink and in Dornach with Elena Zuccoli.
From 2008 to 2010 she undertook a Masters in Artistic Eurythmy. She is a member of the "Nederlands Eurythmie Ensemble" (Netherlands) and of the Else Klink Ensemble (Germany). From 1995 to 2007 she was a lecturer, tutor and college member of the Den Haag Eurythmy Academy.
Gia teaches on the eurythmy training courses in Den Haag, Witten-Annen, at the Alanus Hochschule Alfter (Bonn, Germany), in Chile and at the "Chicco di grano" school in Grugliasco (Turin).
She has created a number of eurythmy dance productions, and from 1992 to 1995 she worked in Kassel where she took part in "Tierkreisprojekt" (Zodiac project) at the international exhibition Documenta IX. Her most recent productions have been performed in Italy, Holland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, Brazil and Chile. Gia performs eurythmic pieces for funerals.
She established the eurythmy workshop "La Fabbrica" in Cortiglione D'Asti, which has been organising international summer courses since 2006 and runs projects for children, young people and adults, as well as masterclasses, artistic productions and cultural events.
She has been living in Italy since 2007.

Roberta Tubia

Roberta gained her diploma in Artistic Eurythmy from the London College of Eurythmy. She completed her training at the Peredur Centre for the Arts in Sussex (GB), gaining a diploma in Therapeutic Eurythmy and undertaking a specialization course in eye disease. While living in England, Roberta took part in artistic and theatrical events. Her work has led to collaborations with those doing research in the field of ecology (biodynamics, bio-construction etc), freelance professionals and teachers.
For over ten years, Roberta has been running courses on hygienic eurythmy for adults throughout Italy.
She practises therapeutic eurythmy in Steiner schools in Cittadella (Padova), Latina, Treviso, Conegliano (Treviso) and Oriago (Venice), working alongside the school doctors to help those children with special needs.
She also works as a private therapist for adults and children in Treviso.

Nicola Ardolino

Nicola is teacher at the Liceo Classico Marco Polo in Venice and has been a choral conductor since 1987. Since 1989 he has been the conductor of the Coro Femminile Harmònia, which has been awarded top prizes in national and international competitions and festivals. In 2003 he founded the treble (later youth) choir Piccola Harmònia, which has won numerous awards and commendations. He was choirmaster for two opera productions for children's choir and orchestra: Brundibar by Hans Krasa, directed by Dino Doni in 2005; and I musicanti di Brema by Andrea Basevi to a libretto by R.Piumini, in February 2008 for the Teatro La Fenice.
Since 2010 he has been working on "Alle figlie del Coro", a project dedicated to salvaging the choral music for female voices composed for the girls (putte) who resided in the principal ospedali in Venice: Pietà, Derelitti, Mendicanti, Incurabili. The project involves the transcription and public performance of these works. One of the most significant works recovered so far is the version of Vivaldi's Gloria RV 589 for soloists, female choir and orchestra.
Nicola has conducted the choir of the Liceo Classico Marco Polo since 2005. In 2010 he founded the Labratorio Harmònia, a centre which encourages musical training from a very early age.
Since 2006 Nicola has been Artistic Advisor and member of the Commissione Cori di Voci Bianche, Giovanili e Scolastici (the Treble, Youth and School Choirs Commission) of ASAC-Veneto (the Association for the Development of Choral Activity in the Veneto).

Stefania Visentin

Stefania gained a piano diploma in 2005 from the Conservatory of Padua and from the Libera Accademia "A.Bargero" (recognised by the Goetheanum in Dornach (Switzerland)) in 2009.
Since 2000 she has given numerous piano recitals (Romantic/Avant-garde repertoire), performed in piano/percussion duos, and taken part in artistic events which have seen her performing new music and free improvisation while working alongside painters, sculptors, photographers and in chamber ensembles with singers (opera arias, Romantic Lieder, romances, La Belle Epoque). Stefania has acted as pianist for the staging of Wagner's Parsifal and Mozart's The Magic Flute. She has also accompanied the following theatrical performances: La poesia rinascimentale by Casoni; Augusta Serravallese; Cenerentola dal magico piedino (TAT theatre workshop); Romeo e Giulietta (TAT theatre workshop).
Stefania also performs as a cellist with orchestras and chamber ensembles and since 2012 she has been a member of the Xenia Trio. She has composed and performed music for puppet shows (The Frog Prince, Frau Holle, Snow-White and Rose-Red, The Donkey, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Masha and the Bear, The Sun Boy, The Star Money) since 2012. She has created musical arrangements for eurythmy performances of fairy tales (The House in the Wood, Digitello, Kotura: The King of the Winds, Iron Hans) and animated readings (Lampo scappa lampo, Don Quixote, Puss in Boots, The Thousand and One Nights). Since 2008 she has been working as a piano accompanist for eurythmy sessions.

Enrica Dal Zio

Enrica is a spoken word artist, actor, stage director, clown and therapist. She was born in Monselice (Padova) in 1963 and lives in Bologna.
Enrica is well-known as a professional trainer in the field of "New Adult Education in Learning to Learn, Destiny Learning, Creative Spiritual Research and in Dialogue as an Encounter". Having completed the four-year training course in Spacial Dynamics®, she is also an educator in movement and body awareness through gymnastic discipline.
Enrica has been working with children, young people and adults of all ages as well as with those with disabilities since 1993.
She has worked with the Art of the spoken word in artistic and therapeutic fields for several years. She employs therapeutic art of the spoken word for phonatory and speech problems, learning difficulties (such as dyslalia, dysgrammatism and dyslexia), psychosomatic and psychiatric problems, internal medicine-related conditions, biographical crises, and difficulties with exposition, diction and rhetoric.  In the artistic field Enrica has employed the art of the spoken word in story telling,  poetry readings and acting.
She has developed a new type of clown based on her experiences with the work of Jacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Rudolf Steiner, C. v. Houten and Viola Spolin. She gives courses, seminars and conferences in many European countries as well as in Russia, Brazil and the U.S.A.

Paola Forasacco

Paola was born in Venice in 1956 and lives in Verona.
After training to become a teacher, she worked in a state primary school for 12 years.
She gained a diploma in herbal medicine from the University of Siena. She has attended training and specialization courses at the following institutions:
The School of the Spoken Word (therapeutic studies) in Unterlengehardt; the Christian Community Free University of Spiritual Science (Stuttgart); work experience at the "Husemannklinik," the anthroposophical psychiatric clinic in Buchenbach; work experience in the Christian Community of Kassel; specialization in biography work based on Anthroposophy in Dornach with a certificate from the Medical Section of the Goetheanum; specialization to become an expert in autobiographical counselling at the Free University of Autobiography in Anghiari (Italy).
Since 1994 she has led adult training seminars on Anthroposophy. Paola has been a counsellor working in the field of biography (with both individuals and couples) since 2001 and has been in charge of seminars on the same subject as part of Steiner Pedagogical training courses. She directs and teaches the three-year course in biography work in Dornach, which is run in joint collaboration with the Association of Anthroposophical Studies in Verona.

Luca Sermoneta

He was born on 26 April 1961 in Milan, where he graduated in medicine and surgery. In 1990 his interest in Steiner school pedagogy led to him becoming medical adviser at La Stella Institute of Anthroposophical and Curative Pedagogy in the Republic and Canton of Ticino. The following year he was accepted as an observer on the second year of the Goetheanum Pedagogy Seminary in Dornach and took part in the training seminar on Anthroposophical Medicine at the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim.
During the 1992-1993 academic year he acted as school doctor at the Rudolf Steiner School in Lugarno-Origlio and until 2007 he also taught biology and geography to the 7th-12th grade classes at the same institution. In his role as supervisor of the senior secondary school classes he organised forestry and surveying outings, social and creative projects, cultural trips and oversaw the pupils' individual work for art, craft and study projects. On becoming a mountaineering instructor for Gioventù e Sport, he organised mountaineering excursions for the pupils.
Since 2005 he has been active in training seminars for Steiner teachers in Trento and Venice while continuing to work part time in schools and hospitals in Varese, Bellinzona and Lugano. Since 2012 he has collaborated with the training seminar in Oriago (Venice), given lessons at the Waldorf school in Milan and worked freelance at the Arte Medica Centre in Milan.
He has dual Italian-Swiss citizenship and has lived in Venice since 2015.


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