Sacred Dances are essentially a mode of communication. They can
transmit a universal language that promotes a deeper
understanding of being.
The Movements created by Gurdjieff are uniquely his own and are a spiritual legacy of incalculable significance.
The Movements were created by Gurdjieff during the period of his life from:
The early Movements - 1918 until 1924
The later Movements - 1939 until 1949.
Gurdjieff Movements can be divided into seven categories:
-The six 'Obligatories'
1: - First Obligatory
2: - Second Obligatory (First March)
3: - Third Obligatory (March Forward)
4: - Fourth Obligatory (Counting)
5: - Fifth Obligatory (Note Values)
6: - Sixth Obligatory (Mazurka)
-Men's ethnic dances-'dervish' and Tibetan
-Sacred temple dances and Tableaux
-Thirty-nine Series of Movements (partially eneagrammatic series)
The early Movements he created are all in the first six categories, and they were performed on stage in 1923 in Paris and in 1924 in America.
The later Movements are all in the last category or the Thirty-nine Series. These are a selection made by Gurdjieff out of exercises given by him during the last period of his life, from 1939 until his death in 1949.
Gurdjieff taught movements classes for different groups of people almost everyday, as he was approaching the last decade of his life until his death.
Today his 250 or so assembled 'Movements' represent to many of us the Work's immaculate heart