The Sacred Circle Dance – music and demonstration video
« Paneurhythmy, the Sacred Circle Dance, is a conscious interchange between human beings and the forces of living nature. Each movement in this great work of choreography is the expression of a thought. The effect should be so perfect, that the observer picks up from the movements, the thought or the idea they express. The rhythm in the movement of the physical body leads us to one in our spiritual life.
These movements are an expression of the changing conditions for human beings. The 28 exercises, derived from living nature, are calm, without imprecise or impulsive gestures, and have the simplicity of cosmic laws. »
On this page you will find the music for Paneurhythmy, a video explaining the steps and an explanation of their power by Peter Deunov. The music was composed by him almost 100 years ago and is available on CD from Prosveta.
In the video below, Carmen and Michel demonstrate each of the steps in sequence.
Learn the Paneurhythmy Steps
In this video series produced by Francesco Mossolin and Carlo Belli, the steps for each part of the dance are demonstrated by Michel Piccone and Carmen Carballo, with an explanation of their symbolic meaning. The soundtrack is in French, with Italian subtitles, but the meaning should nonetheless be understandable by speakers of other languages.
If you wish to watch the Paneurhythmy being performed by hundreds of followers in the Rila mountains in Bulgaria, here is the link.
The power of Paneurhythmy, explained by Peter Deunov
« What is Paneurhythmy? « Supreme Cosmic Rhythm ». It is the Great Universal Harmony of movement. All of life is Paneurhythmy, but who is interested in doing it? Those who want to enter a world of poetry, freedom and creativity. It involves a correspondence between tone, form, movement, colour, number and thought.
Everything in nature is based on the Law of Rhythm. There is a correlation between the rhythm of the heart and the rhythm of the sun’s rays. There is also a connection between tone and movement, and if we examine tone from a certain perspective, we see that it involves movement. Nature has placed in each of us a subtle sensitivity to the links between tones and movements. When children, even toddlers, hear a tune they like, they intuitively link music and movement. The feet and hands participate in the movements of Paneurhythmy; the entire body moves in a way that corresponds to the words and tones.
In Paneurhythmy, people have to think, feel and move together. We can only perform beautiful and harmonious paneurhythmy movements when we think, feel and act correctly. When performing these movements we can observe, the awakening within us of a new and rejuvenating energy. The harmony, rhythm, music and ideas contained in these movements pour into our body. This is what makes the body healthy, strong, graceful, and beautiful. It brings beauty to the body as well as to our inner life.
The past was a time of involution, and that is why the paneurhythmy exercises taught in the ancient schools are not suitable for the level of humanity today. The rhythm today is evolution, it has quite a different character, another action, it suits the modern era in the development of humanity. Our paneurhythmy is linked to the new forces that are awakening in man. It is the expression of a culture that is coming. The ideas of the sixth race are contained, sealed in its music and in its movements. When these movements are performed, they awaken in man the forces and ideas of the new culture and from there they are transmitted throughout the world. Thus, we create and build new values within ourselves and our lives.
In this age, there are forces moving away and other forces arriving on Earth. In the age in which we live, we must identify the forces that are in ascendance and know how we can help them manifest in our lives. These forces are: Good, Justice, Intelligence, Harmony, Brotherhood, Liberty, and Cosmic Love.
Do not confuse the movements of Paneurhythmy with ordinary gymnastics or ballet. They are based on more profound Laws that allow humans to connect with the energies of nature which they can use for their growth. Everything must move; it is a law of nature. Even the rhythm of these exercises, regardless of anything else, results in a renewal of the body.
Through it, peoples, races will rejuvenate, will strengthen themselves physically and spiritually, and thanks to the seeds and the gifts they develop, will result in the development of a higher culture, more noble, more harmonious: the Culture of joy and light. »