The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours: Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00
Closed: 11.7. – 25.8.
Special Opening 29.7.: 11:00 – 14:00
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 their 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), education, biodynamic agriculture, medicine, mathmatics/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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Goetheanum is the center of a global network of spiritually dedicated people. As the home of the School of Spiritual Science and the General Anthroposophical Society, it serves as a place for exchanges over spiritual issues and trainings in artistic and scientific fields. The events held here range from lectures on special topics to large international confrences. On the stage, local and touring ensembles present Eurythmy, dramas and plays, puppetry, and musical performances. Located in the Jura landscape 10 km south of Basel, the Goetheanum with its expressive architecture, sits on Dornacher Hill. The Goetheanum has a picturesque garden park, café, bookstore and card shop, and is an inviting place to visit. Welcome!
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)
Next performances (in German):
17-19th, July (Faust-Conference 17-19th, July)
21-24th, July (Faust Conference 20–24th, July)
28-30th, July (Faust-Conference 27-30th, July)
March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Daily from 8 -22:00
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
"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)
Please be aware of adjusted visiting hours for the Great Hall: