Dear Fellow Creative Speech Specialists,
Dear All working with language,
Dear All interested in language,
In these days our everyday life is determined by the so-called corona crisis. We are experiencing an exceptional state which throws up questions, confronts us with new challenges, but also offers opportunities. COVID-19 targets the rhythmical system, the organ which directly connects us with our environment and fellow human beings. Many people are experiencing a rise in anxiety, fears and loneliness. With therapeutic speech we have a method at our disposal to strengthen the breathing and self-efficacy and thereby dismantle anxieties and support empathy. The conference topic of “Research” was decided long before “corona”, but this crisis confirms once again the necessity not only of successfully using creative speech in therapy and education but also reporting about it to a greater extent!
The “Research” conference topic is associated with the desire to reflect as consciously as possible on the questions and findings we have brought along, to enter into a dialogue about them and continue to develop them. It aims to communicate tools for own studies and research steps and to encourage everyone to make their research results public.
Every person who works creatively is confronted with questions arising from their occupational activity, leading to hypotheses and findings. Some colleagues have probably been able to specialise in particular areas and to develop more or less advanced expertise. The conference offers these “experts” the opportunity to find each other and exchange views.
One workshop will set out the steps for setting up single-case studies, jointly or alone, and preparing them for publication. Since our senses are probably the most central and important research instruments, there will be a workshop on training Goethean observation. One workshop will shine a research light on speech exercises we have developed ourselves, another one will translate Rudolf Steiner’s speech exercises into other languages. People from different countries are warmly invited to create texts in their mother tongue and to pass on the results in their home country. We want to encourage colleagues from as many language areas as possible to become actively involved. One workshop will study the connection between language development and movement, another one is calling for collaboration to demonstrate and continue to develop the potential of creative speech for Waldorf schools.
In his introductory lecture, Matthias Girke will trace a line from research to the meditative path of knowledge. Dietrich von Bonin and ErikBaars will inspire and instruct us in how to approach our own research and Armin Husemann will report about his research on the effect of the articulation of the speech sounds on the movement of the blood.
We have planned a “Poster Session” and will learn about the questions and research areas which are currently occupying colleagues. Dietrich von Bonin provides a guide below how everyone can participate in the poster presentation.
At the last conference in Dornach in October 2019, we met in small groups at the end to work on topics relevant for the future. In the subsequent plenary session, the resulting motifs were collected and compiled in a minute which was then sent to participants. We will build on that work this year and would be pleased to receive your reports in this connection. Keyword: Future workshop.
Immediately after the conference you can immerse yourself in Goethe’s Faust. You will see a new production, shortened to nine hours. Faust 1 will be performed on Saturday, 24 October from 18.00 to 22.00, Faust 2 on Sunday, 25 October from 09.30 to 18.00. Ticket prices and the opportunity to register will are online now on the Goetheanum website. Advance information can be found on thefaust.jetzt website. The ticket for visiting the Faust performances is not part of the conference fee.
As last year, people are also welcome at the conference who themselves don’t have a training in creative speech but who are interested in the subject.
We look forward to a lively exchange of views and to actively continuing to develop our method together which is so close to all our hearts. A very warm invitation to you!
Claudia Kringe-Andres, June 2020
Matthias Girke and Georg Soldner Stefan Hasler
For the Medical Section For the Section for the Performing Arts
Philip Jacobsen, Kirstin Kaiser,
Claudia Kringe-Andres, Marion Schroth,
Xandor Koesen-York and Dietrich von Bonin
For the preparatory group