Summary

This article addresses a phenomenon called «Music visualization». This is a method that seeks to illustrate and portray musical elements through movement and dance. At the forefront of this development we find the Swiss music pedagogue Emile Jaques-Dalcroze who in his work developed so-called Eurhythmics, a method originally intended for training musicians, based heavily on the use of the body. The article draws on newspaper material collected by the author, much of which has not previously been cited or analysed. The original contribution of the article is a study of the first performance that was based on the ideas of Jaques-Dalcroze, «Chopin i Dansebilleder». This was a dance experiment that took place in Kristiania in 1909, staged by the pianist Karl Nissen and actress and dancer Gyda Christensen. So far, this performance, and the special way it incorporates music, has not been researched. The article analyzes the use of music in these performances and contextualizes them according to the European ideals.

Keywords: Music visualizations, Eurytmi, Plastik, Dance and Music recital