More about the Gurdjieff Movements

The Gurdjieff movements is a series of sacred dances that were collected or authored by G. I. Gurdjieff and taught to his students as part of the work of self-observation and self-study.


Gurdjieff taught that the movements were not merely calisthenics, exercises in concentration, and displays of bodily coordination and aesthetic sensibility: on the contrary, in the movements was embedded real, concrete knowledge, passed from generation to generation of initiates – each posture and gesture representing some cosmic truth that the informed observer could read like a book.


Gurdjieff created about 250 Movements or dances, some of them coming from seeing them preformed in Sufi, Tibetan, Buddhist, or esoteric traditions, in Central Asia, Tibet, Egypt, Middle East; some of them created by Gurdjieff himself on a music composed by Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann.


A brief glimpse of the dances appears at the very end of the motion picture about Gurdjieff, Meetings with Remarkable Men, produced and directed in 1978 by Peter Brook.