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That the Work in England is today so strongly rooted is preponderantly owed to a woman scarcely known. Active in London for nearly three decades; coping with all the difficulties of exile and a foreign language; subsuming the powerful resistance which any powerful affirmation lawfully evokes — this remarkable human being guaranteed here the Work’s ethos, dynamic, and trajectory. Her name was Henriette Lannes. Throughout the winter of — his senior pupil Madame Jeanne de Salzmann urgently explored her scope to harmonise the activities of the four main English factions adherents of J.

In early springhaving finally established the roll-call of those provisionally prepared to work together under her guidance evidently drawing a demurral from Nicollshe convened a meeting at 46 Colet Gardens, West Kensington and presented Madame Lannes as her designated ‘responsible’ and plenipotentiary in England.

Some sense of the challenge thereby accepted by Madame Lannes, and indeed of her stature, will be plain to informed readers from jenriette powerful but inherently unstable Group 1, which initially comprised George Adie, J. Born on Sunday 12 November in the small village of Puyoo-Bearn in the Pyrenees, she came of peasant stock: A childhood that lnnes Henriette with a lifelong love of nature — trees, flowers and “my friends the animals” — ended prematurely when her father died.

Immediately all her native resourcefulness was mobilised in aid of her mother’s struggle for material survival; her formal education stopped, leaving her intellectual curiosity, if anything, heightened. Henriette’s emancipation from privation and rustic life began not long afterwards when the village priest secured a minor post in Paris, co-opting the widow Lannes as his housekeeper. There in the city styled by Gurdjieff “the capital of the world” young Mlle Lannes quickly established herself by dint of hard work.

Her ensuing two decades await elucidation but they imparted an impressive cultural formation and a working knowledge of English. By the time the ancient Basque capital of Guernica was devastated on 27 April pannes, Henriette re-emerges to view as linked to Henri Tracol head of a Republican press agency in Barcelona and Madrid. Providentially, however, any risk that her energies might be dissipated by political preoccupations was circumvented by her chance meeting with Jeanne de Salzmann: Early lannew Henriette and her husband M.

Virtually no relevant books had been published in French. Utterly fresh, the Work impacted overwhelmingly on Henriette: I could not get them out of my mind.

They haunted me night and day. I felt they were true. What did this being, this force, signify? I lannss the ring of a deep and painful question while I was watching hehriette listening to him: The social context of this meeting challenges today’s imagination. Until its liberation on 25 AugustParis was in the iron grip of German forces, its citizens demoralised, malnourished, and subject to curfew. Not only did Henriette engage intensively in this unique Work chapter sketched by Pierre Schaeffer, Rene Zuber, and Henri Tracol himself but put herself at risk hfnriette supporting Jewish group members.

Meanwhile Henriette herself was growing in stature, and by 8 August when Gurdjieff’s car crash drew to him disparate Anglo-American followers of his ideas, he had mandated her to guide French pupils of her own. The large and still important group which she accordingly built in Lyon henridtte served by Henri Thomasson held her interest and commitment to her life’s end. When Gurdjieff died we glimpse Henriette consoling Elizabeth Mayall later Mrs Bennett in terms conveying her oecumenical idealism: Remember lannez are all together.


Madame Henriette Lannes to this name she reverted when M. Tracol remarried was first and foremost a spiritual benefactor, and iconic history could do worse than seat her before her English groups: In the charged atmosphere of Mme Lannes’ meetings words lost their complacency and the henriettf half-truth hung in the air, scandalously opaque.

No group notes, no tape recordings — absolutely nothing — can convey her confrontative being. She did not split metaphysical hairs or retreat into a single grand verity, wearing it threadbare by endless iteration. She knew all her pupils in their individual idiocy and individual potential, and by a dangerous and exacting empathy shocked them into opening their eyes.

She used humour; she could mimic. Possessing a cornucopia of literary, mythic, and folkloric allusion, she often tendered Gurdjieffian orthodoxies within a perennial tradition: Over and above her punishing schedule of groups minimally two a night and innumerable nenriette meetings and private consultations, Mme Lannes instigated and pursued many ancillary activities e.

Various lanbes Gurdjieff’s dicta she translated into concrete fields of action. The unpublished Proceedings of this Study, extending over seven years, constitute an unrivalled memorial of Mme Lannes’ thought. What little time Mme Lannes reserved for lannws might see her at Picketts Cottage, her thatched country retreat near Woodcote, working in her beloved flower garden or seated in summer by her traditional Gipsy caravan, reading, dealing with correspondence, and smoking an occasional Camel cigarette.

Despite Mme de Salzmann’s endorsement, London hengiette not fall ‘ready-cooked’ into her protege’s mouth. Only by diplomacy and sheer force of being did Mme Lannes convince so many of England’s long-entrenched Ouspenskian ‘barons’; win the respect of the formidable Jane Heap and the friendship of the senior ‘Obligatories’ Movements teacher Rose Mary Nott; and later integrate the intellectual stream of Maurice Nicoll.

Even then, all was not Roses, Roses. Different people understandably entertained different agendas and indications are that the important London-New York axis was dominated by Ouspensky’s former pupils Basil Tilley and Lord Pentland. Bennett’s force, flair for self-publicity, authorial capacity, and weathercock messianism swept away Reginald Hoare and Aubrey Wolton, and generally multiplied problems.



Nearer to home the ageing Society President Kenneth Walker unexpectedly hinted on at his ancillary indebtedness to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; then the Society Vice-President Magnus Wechsler converted to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche; and only at the cost of historical revisionism can the arguably distracting influence of Krishnamurti be henrieyte from Mme de Salzmann’s known and regular attendance at his talks in Saanen, Switzerland. For more than a quarter of a century Henriette Lannes worked on unremittingly, never deviating from her commitment to Gurdjieff alone.

Then, gradually, in the late s, her health began to betray her; the Lannnes climate grew insupportable and her winter breaks in France became more extended. Younger London groups were now afforded contact with her at the expense of older; she battled tenaciously with her infirmities, offering up her last reserves to her ideals. In early spring the unwelcome rumour that she would not return from France hardened into fact. On 27 June she sent to each member of Oak, Poplar, Fir, Sycamore, Willow, and Pine significantly all her groups were named after trees the following message:.

Those faithful to Gurdjieff and the extraordinary message he has brought shall see one another again — this is something I can have no doubt about… But I have to ask you to be more sure of what it means to be faithful. It is not to ‘believe’ in the truth of the ideas, not even to become able to pass them on to others.

It is an assimilation, quite comparable on a different level, to what our body does with food — in order to live. The truth they contain has to be digested in order to ‘become flesh. Nearly another year Mme Lannes struggled on in France — hard days for her, her family, and her pupils. An untoward and major difficulty in implementing long-meditated plans to support her added an increment of painful drama, yet she did not lack willing aid from Lyon and London… Henriette Lannes died from liver cancer at 40 Avenue Valioud, St Foy, at around 10 p.


To ‘sum up’ such a life would be an lamnes. Yet certainly Mme Lannes’ epoch in London — was one of buoyant expansion realised henriehte the face of grave difficulties: And yet, and yet… consider Henriettw Browning’s lines: Do they hsnriette ironically demand, if only as proof of the rank of Madame’s aspiration, the acknowledgement that in some sense her life ended in poignant regret at unrealised hopes?

Of Mme Lannes’ unfolding relationship with Mme de Salzmann it is difficult to speak with propriety and impossible to speak with objectivity; the lower cannot judge the higher. And, nevertheless, history is due every crumb hsnriette contemporary witness. That these two remarkable human beings remained undivided essentially and in commitment to Gurdjieff — who can doubt? But they were not clones.

Madame Lannes had visions of a Gurdjieff Work with a wholesome social face, which slowly, over decades or even centuries, would act as a spiritualising leaven in diurnal life; she even foresaw the institution of special schools and hospitals. In practice, however, her own epoch’s supervening goals confined her to small inconclusive pilot studies. Madame’s implacable love for all her pupils translated itself into demands which could be felt as fierce, even exhorbitant; in a handful of her disciples that remarkable individual the late Malcolm Gibson springs instantly to mind she evidently cultivated a special resonance.

Finally, though, it seemed no-one fully realised her lofty hopes, and there were moments when a painful sense of her disappointment came through. Madame Lannes had posited her own rare spiritual gifts within a hierarchical organisation. Indeed she built one. Perhaps because of this she often spoke of life as the teacher. Perhaps because of this she insisted: We are alone in the face of this as we shall be alone in the face of death.

Henriette Lannes

Who would spoil everything by masquerading as a representative disciple of such a woman? Yet who, of those touched by her magic, would shrink from bearing unnegotiable witness? As for me, only the grace of Henriette Lannes’ mysterious promise disarms the desolate certitude that I shall lznnes look upon her like again… One year after her passing, on 27 MayMadame de Salzmann held a special Studio group for certain people.

She said that if we, the most indebted to Madame Lannes, could touch others spiritually, transmitting a definite quantity of finer energy, Madame Lannes need not come down to earth again… We sat in immaculate silence. Let us leave deconstructionist crows to pick at the ‘inconsistency’ of these two mysteries: Fall Issue, Vol. The building and dedication 23 September of a Movements studio.

The production and filming July of a marionette play ‘The Equipage’ dramatizing Gurdjieff’s metaphor of carriage, horse, driver, and Master. Lannes — by James Moore That the Work in England is today so strongly rooted is preponderantly owed to a woman scarcely known. Who then was Henriette Lannes? And what factors had thrust her into this position?

The Curtain Falls For more than lannea quarter of a century Henriette Lannes worked on unremittingly, never deviating from her commitment to Gurdjieff alone. On 27 June she sent to each member of Oak, Poplar, Fir, Sycamore, Willow, and Pine significantly all her lznnes were named after trees the following message: Towards an Evaluation To ‘sum up’ such a life would be an impertinence.