Library

The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours:  Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00

Study Programs

The Goetheanum offers a full-year study program, "Foundations of Anthroposophy," in English! (The full-time study overseen by the General Anthroposophic Section, is also offered in Spanish/Portuguese and German.) Students from around the world, of various backgrounds and ages, come for an academic year of Anthroposophic studies, including artistic classes.

There are 11 sections at the Goetheanum that offer conferences throughout the year, often translated or held in multiple languages. See the individual websites for current programs.

The following schools and sections offer occupational Anthroposophical courses, diploma programs and research options in Dornach: eurythmy (performing arts section), painting (visual art section), educationbiodynamic agriculturemedicinemathmatics/astronomy and natural science. The youth section located on the Goetheanum hill, houses a multitude of activities and international conferences in English, German and Spanish. The literary arts and humanities section and the social science section can be contacted for questions about involvement, study or research.

Research

The 11 Sections for the School of Spiritual Science are involved in world issues and research projects. 

Here is insight into their current projects: General Anthropsophy ·Natural Science · Agriculture · Medicine · Theraputic Education and Social Therapy · Education · Mathematics-Astronomy · Arts and Humanities · Spoken and Musical/Performing Arts · Visual Arts · Social Science · Youth Section

Comments

We are continually working on the English site. Do you like something we are doing, or is there something that you would like to see here? Email us with inquiries, comments and suggestions, Attn: EN website.

For current event questions,
contact the reception desk:
Phone +41 61 706 42 42, sekretariatnoSpam@goetheanum.org


From the Life at the Goetheanum

By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Thaker

Two Talks on the New Production of Goethe's Faust I & II.

At the Goetheanum, Goethe's Faust I & II have been shown in full, for decades. In public talks, director Christian Peter, dramaturge Alexander Höhne and artistic director Stefan Hasler assess the new production as it went from "revolutionary" to "chaotic".


Faust 2017 am Goetheanum: Christian Peter als Mephisto, Boris Sirdey als Kaiser (Foto: Georg Tedeschi)

It is not specially peculiar to see Goethe's "Faust" performed; also the second part is becoming more frequently common. Apart from the Goetheanum stage however,  only Peter Stein in 2000 has dared to perform a complete performance of both parts. How does Christian Peter keep the tension with a 17-hour performance? He creates reference points as leitmotifs (reaccuring themes). Thus, the stage design is characterized by half-rounded, stage-high scaffolding. Incorporated in choreographed conversions, it first is wound up, then an unwinding spiral. In Faust 2, the motif of the semi-circle reappears in a transformed form: as freely mountable parts, which sometimes appear whole and sometimes fragmented.

For Christian Peter, an unabridged performance allows insight into Goethe's entire ideological universe. In addition to the key scenes, entertaining long scenes such as Walpurgis Night and Masquerade are also important, although seen as medial, intensified distractions. As a further example, Christian Peter cites the often omitted fourth act of Faust: "Here it becomes clear how an organization gains advantages without doing anything other than exerting moral pressure."

A third aspect is the cohesion of whole scenes by musical elements. Florian Volkmann has created a wide range of styles from baroque music to folks and pop up to atmospheric soundscapes.

Two months before the resumption of Faust I & II, director Christian Peter, dramaturge Alexander Höhne and artistic director Stefan Hasler present themselves to the audience. They present the complexity, the red threads and questions to such an overall work of art, and give space for questions about the implementation and critiques.

 

8th May, 18:30 pm: overall dramaturgy / directing concept

18th May, 18:30 pm: use of music (with practical examples)

Details and Faust conference

 

 


Mystery Dramas

Mystery Dramas in 2017 (in German):

Conference (Dec. 26–31st)

Performances (Dec. 27–31st) 

Tours

General Tours Introduction to the history of the Goetheanum, the biography of Rudolf Steiner and the foundation of Anthroposophy: Saturdays, 2pm. Meeting point: Reception desk. Registration is not required. In German and English.

| Further Information
| Specific Theme Tours (Registration required)

Exhibitions

March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018

Daily from 8 -22:00           

Brentano's Studio

Øya. 77 pictures from Hannes Weigert in the West staircase. Vernissage on March 25th, 2017 at 16:30 with a talk by Bodo von Plato and Eurythmy by Saskia Barnes.

April 2, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Daily from 8 -22:00         

Maximilian Woloschin (1877-1932)

"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)

Please be aware of adjusted visiting hours for the main auditorium:

 

December 29th, 2017: Closed

Open from 1:30-2pm Dec. 13–15th, & 19–21st, 28th,30th,31st, 2017

Open from 1:30-2:15 pm Feb. 17th, 2018


The Goetheanum is a center of a worldwide network of spiritually engaged people. It is the seat of the School of Spiritual Science  and the General Anthroposophical Society, which serves as a place of exchange for those with spiritual questions, and a place for trainings in scientific and artistic fields. 

Events range from lectures on special themes, to large, international conferences, to performances by  ensembles and guest performances in Eurythmy, theater, puppetry and music. 

Situated in the Jura landscape, 10 Kilometers South of Basel, the Goetheanum sits grand on the Dornach hill, with its expressive architecture and picturesque garden park, café, bookstore and gift shop.