Música y Danza

"I have known for a long time that our inner world is the land in which the seeds of art take root. Without this seed, where the magical side of life is hidden and from which the work of art can be born… there is no Art, there is no Music".

-Thomas De Hartmann (Composer)-

Young Thomas de Hartmann, in search of a spiritual master, met Gurdjieff in 1916 and soon became his disciple. As Gurdjieff was not a trained composer, de Hartmann became the ideal instrument for the expression of Gurdjieff's musical thoughts. He began by harmonizing, developing and understanding Gurdjieff’s music for the Sacred Dances or Movements. A few years later, de Hartmann collaborated in a similar way in other musical works of Gurdjieff aside from the Movements. Remarkably, these later pieces, very high in number, were almost all composed between 1925 and 1927 in Fontainebleau (France). In 1927, this musical work ended and Gurdjieff never composed again.


"Behind the visible movement there is another movement, one which cannot be seen, which is very strong, on which the outer movement depends. If this inner movement were not so strong, the outer one would not have any action."

-Jeanne De Salzmann-

Gurdjieff´s Sacred Dances emphasize the necessity of associating the body with an inner, spiritual aspiration. This need has been forgotten, the body lives on its own and we do not feel the limitation that this situation imposes on all the aspects of our life. We do not taste the latent possibilities in the body; we do not know how to listen to it or make contact with it.

Arte Transformador

Gurdjieff’s comments on art and Movements

"You cannot do it; however, it cannot be done without you."

-Mme. de Salzmann-

Question: What is the role of art and creative work in your teaching?

Answer: "Nowadays, art is not necessarily creative. But for us it is not an end but a vehicle. Ancient art has inner content. In the past, art contributed to the same purpose as books do today – the purpose of preserving and transmitting certain knowledge. In ancient times, books were not written, knowledge was expressed through works of art. We would find many ideas in ancient art that could reach us, provided we knew how to read. In those days art was so, even music. And people then regarded art in this way.