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9
THE EURHYTHMIC EXPRESSION OF THE
BODY
I have spoken in a former chapter of the Plastic Art and of the necessity for the dramatic artist to possess the sentiment of plastic art, which enables him to embody with beauty and with style his impersonations.
While, as we have seen, you can acquire plastic art by observation, by studying sculp­tural works, you cannot find outside of your­self the eurhythmies of the body, that is, the natural grace of the body, which is instinctive.
Every nation has its eurhythmic grace; you find an expression of it in some country dances; therefore an uncultured peasant girl may sometimes show graceful natural move­ments which the most refined lady may lack.
The grace of each body is personal to the body. A tall woman will have an eurhythmic expression different from that of a small one. A tall singer cannot have the same gestures as a short one. I would not advise the short singer, with short arms and short legs, to try
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