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Smoke Bug's Rhizome / Lee and cobody
16 December, 2017
Resonant Rhizome of Smoke Bug
This winter, we postpone the annual India tour to 2019,
Instead of it, we continue the work in Himalaya during the winter at the newly established Resonance Studio.
I planed to write "Transparency", "The Butoh" and other books of pending issues for lonf years.
I want to continue the listening to Life "What Life really wants to do".
In December, Silas, guides the Winter Subbody Course as a midwife, and Pamela will do it in January and February.
I began to join in it as a comfortable one participant.
Suddenly my dancing spirit awakens and the brain-mind-body returns to the dancer.
I had a feeling of extremely liberating freedom of creativity rising from one to the next after a long absence. I noticed that I usually gave such a happiness to the students.
Anyway, unexpected emergence may occur besides the plan of writing for this winter.
"Rhizome of Smoke Bug" are a sentense at the biggining of "Sick Dancing Princess" by Tatsumi Hijikata.
The several lines were added by him when it was publisshed as a book.
Well, here was condensed the essence of "Sick Dancing Princess".
"That will be an insect on the way of Life reincarnation", an old man of his local land talked about, is the crystarized essence of the world view of Animism that was the background of this book.
It was the same as "Shisha" written in the butoh scores of Hijikata's last solo "Quiet House".
"The Shisha (dead) transform quietly yet infinitely."
Hijikata has noticed that the infinite resonativity and transformablity of Qualia which was the greatest discovery in the history of mankind discovered in the Animism Age.
"Smoke bug"and "Shisha" are similar symbol of Animistic veiw of the world.
Infinite transforming Qualia in Animism =Shisha (Dead)=Smoke Bug
I will follow the essence of the butoh revolution that Hijikata was grapsing.
"Rhizome of Smoke Bug" is to dance the infinite transformation as a Cobody of <Resonant Rhizome>, not only solo Butoh performance.
First of all, on the first day there were few audience, but we received full acclaim.
In this winter, we try to vary this "Smoke Bug's Rhizome", with changing various arrangement.
Let's invent devising psychosomatic techniques that will be necessary from next year.
Listening technique and Zu-Ji-Cho
This article is about a novel technique for the next year.
Based on the property that the Life Resonance Qualia resonates beyond spacetime
in Life Resonance Butoh, we will dance with listening the most subtle Qualia of
Life Resonance, and through it we realize infinitely the
Extension of human concept,
Extension of spatial concept, and
Expansion of time concept.
The Zu-Ji-Cho (Picture-Ground-Signs) Rhizoming
techniqueis for showing those process pricisely.
In the space of dancing, the interchange of the Zu (Picture) and Ji (Earth)
occurs. (See Fig. 1)
Fig. 1 Zu(Picture) and
In ordinary dance and theater, in the resonance between the performer and the
audience, the part where is focused is Zu (Picture) and the part which is
unfocused is the Ji (Ground).
However, in Butoh performance with dancing the invisible things, resonance with
the invisible 'Behind world' is the most important factor, in addition to the
When Butoh dancer listens to the subtle invisible Qualia from the 'Behind
world', the resonance with that Qualia gradually increases the concentration,
and finally the process appearing as a physical movement. To show the subtle
process is <Zu-Ji-Cho Rhizoming>.(Fig.2)
Fig. 2 Listen to invisible signs(Cho) of 'Behind world'
Rhizoming starts from taking off the daily illusion that is hierarchical order
of 'Tree' structure among the brain-mind-body in the everyday world, that the
consciousness controls the body and so on, and segmenting the brain-mind-body
into thousands of parts and transforming into a Rhizoming body which any part
of body is able to connect to any Qualia and separate flexiblly with Life
And to dance the potential process until a part starts to resonate with the faint
signs of the invisible Qualia of 'Behind world', and it is amplified and
eventually appears as physical movements. To show the prisise transforming
process is <the Zu-Ji-Cho Rhizoming>.
This is Butoh's unique technique, a feature not found in classical dance or
Hijikata Tatsumi established this as his own transformation technique
"Reduction by X and its regeneration". An arbitrary element can be
assigned to X.
For example, if gravity is substituted for X, the body gradually becomes
heavier or lighter. Substituting the size will gradually become smaller or
Everything can be assigned to X. If you substitute sex, masculinity is reduced
from the body of a man and it transforms into a female. When intelligence is
substituted, it starts to become wild beast. If you substitute density, it will
solidify rapidly and become a stone. Alternatively, liquefy and vaporizing, and
Hijikata Tatsumi performed the infinite transformation in his last solo
"Quiet House" using this X reduction technique.
In addition, in his last book "Sick Dancing Princess", he described
the myriad cases of the subtle Life Resonance, "with precision close to
At the Subbody Resonance Butoh Himalaya of this year, I tried to share this
transformation technique, but as new techniques such as <Dreaming Share>
and <Rhizoming Share> were discovered on the way and I focused on it, I
could not expand it enough. Carried over as a challenge for the next year.
However, although it is not certain whether it was consciousness to the
dancers, in "Beneath" by Alex and Santeri
, we could
catch a glimpse of a quiet but infinite transformation by this subtle Life
Resonance technique. It is one of the remarkable harvests of the 15th Butoh
Festival, though it is just a beginning.
Through this method, we can extend the concept of 'Human' from the daily human
body that is bound by a narrow and poor state to infinite transforming body
that is able to dance the everything in the Universe.
We can extend the space concept from the pysical 3 dimensional space to
non-dual and multi-dimensional space including the invisible 'Behind
We can extend the time concept from a linear time that goes unilaterally from
the past to the future, to a time that crosses diversely.
In the next term 2018, we will prepare the physicalization of this Zu-Ji-Cho
Rhizoming technique and X reduction technique from the beginning of the year
and deepen it until it become dancer's blood, so as to invent a novel Butoh
<Becoming> is a fundamental of Butoh.
<Reducrion by X and regeneration> is the most universal method for
<Becoming>. Tatsumi Hijikata wrote it a lot in his last solo Butoh
score "Quiet House".
Becoming a girl.
Becoming a stuffed spring.
Becoming a behind world.
Becoming a Shisha(Dead) that is able to transform to everything infinitely.
Becoming a mad man=child=beast.
Becoming a vaporized body.
Becoming a chimera.
...and so on.
Each sentense of the score is the variation of becoming.
And he use the technique of <Reduction by X> in each becoming.
Reduction by X means to reduce an element from normal human body.
X can be anything, then it is the universal transformation method to become everything in the Universe.
Becoming a girl means to reduce sexuality and age from his human body.
Becoming a stuffed spring means to reduce Life from every living being.
Becoming a behind world means to reduce all visible physicality from the daily being.
Becoming a Shisha means to reduce Life from a living being.
Becoming mad man=child=east means to reduce sanity, age, humanity from your body.
Becoming a vaporized body means to reduce all physicality from human pysical body.
Becoming a chimera means to reduce your identity and totality of your body, and each part of body transform to various beings.
I can continue this till the last sentense, but the other parts, you can do it by yourself.
<Becoming> in "Thousand Plateaus"
Gille Deleuze and Felix Guattari wrote the book together.
Also in this book, there are full of Becoming.
Main thing is Becoming Rhizome which is able to connect freely and separate flexiblly at any part of it.
Rhizome is also multiple transformation state of us.
We are bound by so many restrictions as modern human being. To release from all of them and become a completely free being is the Rhizome.
Rhizome is a sprouting form of future of human being.
Let's see the many becoming in the book.
For becoming Rhizome, it need so many examples.
Because Rhizome is a manifold, and manifold has so many entrances.
Becoming a Rhizome.
Becoming a wolf.
Becoming a herd.
Becoming an anomaly.
Becoming an animal.
Becoming a child.
Becoming a woman.
Becoming a manifold.
Becoming a molecule.
Becoming something that is not able to recognize.
You can see the surprising similality with Hijikata Butoh. And also we can understand that they use the same method as <Reduction by X> to become those being.
Becoming Rhizome means to reduce Tree(=dulistic thinking and hierarchical order of human society) from daily human being which is bound by those restrictions. Becoming a wolf means to reduce your humanic personality from you and remind your wildness.
A wolf is a herd itself, they can be alone and a herd flexiblly. Becoming a herd means to reduce the illusion of modern individulity from your being, and remind that we are a cobody as Life.
All of them are to becoming the minority, not becoming majority.
It is a common charasteristic of both of Hijikata and Deleuze=Guattri.
We do not become a man, not becoming a General.
Because it is to back to the Tree based on the hierarchical order.
We do not become a teacher, not become a fixed leader.
Because it is support the Tree system that is out of date.
Becoming manifold is the same as <Becoming Chimera> in Hijikata. Becoming something that is not able to recognize is also the same as <Becoming Behind world> and <Becoming Shisha> in Hijikata.
They had never contact, but the universal Life Resonance around 1968, brought them to the same horizont. This was the miracle of Life Resonance.
A similar Life Resonance must occur again in the near future.
Because everyone living in modern times is influenced by the rapid inflation of highper information technology, and Life is eroded on the first scale in human history.
Taking off the illusion of "Human", and becoming Life.
Then we can be aware of the moment when Life glows its original shining.
It is because the trap of ego and self make it difficult to notice it.
I have always asked to Life, have been asking the same question to Life for over 20 years. "What do you really want to do?"
Only when Life do what Life really want to do, it presents the extreme
Listen to your Life and follow the subtle tendency.
Life does not like being forced by power of hierarchical order such as director, choreographer and teacher, economic and political circumstances and so on.
Life does not like being attracted not only by their external forces, but also by the ego driving from the inside and the impulse of self. Ego is the strongest Archetype in the present age, though we do not notice the fact, because everybody is bound by it.
We constantly need to be aware of to perform <De-self> that keep releasing ourselves from the ego's prisoners with watching ourselves from the distant eyes on every moment. Life is only by becoming transparent it can demonstrate its infinite creativity, originality, resonanativity (resonance ability), not restricted by either internal or external forces.
<Resonant Rhizome> which was found out of trial and error over the past decade, is one of
the most ideal methods to realize it. <Resonant Rhizome> is a mechanism that co-creates everything just by Life Resonance.
There is no fixed leader. There is neither the center nor the top and bottom.
Each of us becomes a rhizome that can survive and create by alone like a wolf, and freely connect and flexibly separate at any time.
We co-create everything through Life Resonance by taking a flexible role transformation. Someone in the herd, sometimes initiating, sometimes promoting, and following flexibly without a fixed role.
It is a very simple mechanism, but it can open the infinite potentiality of creativity of Life.
People who experienced <Resonant Rhizome> notice that everyone is shining as completely free Life.
We are still an infantish stage, but let's deepen this together.
Our future is on this path.
Guys to become Life. Come to Himalaya!
Thousand Plateaus (Mille Plateaux in original French)
In 1968, French philosopher Gille Deleuze and German psychiatrist Felix
Guattali, presented a new concept of <Rhizome> that is able to separate flexiblly and connect freely and become multidimensional
transformable being, instead of <Tree> that is bound by hierarchical order of recognition and behaviors that
supported long human history so far.
Deleuze-Guattari's "Thousand Plateau" is one of the most important Butoh texts.
The complete form of the book was published in 1980.
However, Chapter 1 "Rhizome" was written and published around 1968 and was immediately translated into Japanese and other language. I read it in the 1970's. Why does a book that was written far from Japan becomes Butoh textbook? I will tell the secret behind the Butoh and "Thousand Plateaus".
Life Resonance in 1968
The year that they wrote this book, 1968 is the year of the world revolution with student power in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, Japan, and around the world, tens of millions of young students have stood up to change the old hierarchical society. It was a miracle of Life Resonance that happened across the Earth's borders.
Also a miraculous synchronicity occurred between Tatsumi Hijikata and Deleuze=Guattari,
based on that global universal Life Resonance. They wrote or performed
the same thing at the same time.
Deleuze=Guatari found a completely new behaviour pattern in the student's
movement against hierarchical <Tree> system, and crystalized as <Rhizome> as a sprouting form of Human being of the future.
Only a few generations at that time experienced this miraculous Life Resonance. And it was forgotten.
<Becoming> in "Thausand Plateaus" and Hijikata Butoh
When I emigrated from Japan to Himalaya in 2000, I disposed of a million books and bundled only five books in Himalayas. One of them was this book. I have read carefully over the past 20 years for "Thousand Plateau".
It is recommended for young readers mainly to read chapters 1, 2, and 10.
Deleuze=Guattari wrote this book together, but the other chapters r than the above 3 chapters are probably written by one of them, and the other one checked it.
But, these three chapters were written with them by being ONE LIFE through very deep exchanges.
Density is overwhelmingly deeper than other chapters, and full of pleasure and brightness that Life finds novel movement patterns.
The keyword of the book is <Becoming>. It is exactly the same as <Becoming> which is the root of Butoh.
Become a Secret!
Chapter 1 <Rhizome> is the essence of this book which predicted the transfiguration of humans
in the near future.
Chapter 2 < Becoming Wolf> has deepened it specifically.
Chapter 10 <Become Intensity, become animal, become a thing which can not be perceived>, develops it all the way further.
There are written various pathways to become a rhizome, becoming manifold, becoming a woman, becoming a child, becoming an animal, becoming a molecular state, becoming a thing that can not be perceived.
What we can not perceive is called as <chimera> in Greek.
Hijikata became Shisha that is able to transform infinitely and nonsharansly in his last solo performance "Quiet House".
<Becoming> in these chapters is the same as <Becoming> in Butoh which Hijikata performed at the same time.
If you compare the "Quiet House" of Tatsumi Hijikata with the "Thousand Plateaus" of Dleuze=Guattari, you will be able to see miraculous world simultaneous Life Resonance beyond the boundary there.
In Himalaya, I have been exploring Subbody Resonance Butoh and its practical development <Resonant Rhizome>.
Now I can say that someday in the near future we will await a miracle moment that Life Resonance occurs worldwide at the same time in the global scale, through the radically free co-creation of Life called <Resonant Rhizome>.
"I've been reading Deleuze's A Thousand Plataeus, and in his 2nd plataeu (one or several wolves) describing his "becoming-wolf" he describes something that immediately made me think of a free-resonance sort of creative cobody"
"I am on the edge of the crowd, at the periphery; but I belong to it. I am attached to it by one of my extremities, a hand or a foot. I know that the periphery is the only place I can be, that I would die if I let myself be drawn into the center of the fray, but just as certainly if I let go of the crowd. This is not an easy position to stay in. It is even very difficult to hold, for these beings are in constant motion and their movements are unpredictable and follow no rhythm. They swirl, go north, then suddenly east; none of the individuals in the crowd remains in teh same place in relation to the others. So I too am in perpertual motion; all this demands a high level of tension, but it gives me a feeling of violent, almost vertiginous happiness. (page 29)"
"What's a coincidence!
That part is what I just am going to recommend you.
There is the deepest secret and mystery of subbody and cobody.
I have continued to research it for 20 years.
Please try to guide to that cobody to the various participants.
So many rich hints, you must get. 'Mille Plateaux' is one of the most interesting Butoh text. I believe so."
At the last Friday theater, Adam and cobody danced the "Becoming Wolf", and it became a dynamic <Resonant Rhizome> that everybody expanded
the space and passed through with dancing.
"Wow! The is the real <Resonant Rhizome>!
Finally you got it!"
My dream is coming true that the world starts dancing and changing to Rhizome!.
There are infinite patterns to shift from Tree to Rhizome , and Rhizome to Tree.
We investigate in the infinite possibility of it this week.
It is the first experiment to research it in the Subbody history.
We are not caught in the Tree, and not stuck with Rhizome. It is not able to become free truly, until we can come and go freely among the both worlds of Tree and Rhizome.
Now that scientists all over the world are captivated by a dualistic Tree logic, only we are doing this adventure in the world beyond the Tree and Rhizome.
We become subconscious mode and remeber the forgotten memories of the transformation among Tree and Rhizome.
We research with subbody and cobody in the interesting transformation among
Rhizome and Tree and share it each other.
We can research it in the Solo, Duet, Trio and various numbers of cobody.
<Tree-Rhizome in the Solo>
Transform from chaotic movement as slime mold, smoke bug, and so on to an appearance of Tree shape, for example a solid shape or mechanical movement as Tree like a Kugutsu body and so on.
<Tree-Rhizome in the duet>
Find a surprising moment to change from chaotic pair movement like as rhizoming duo or contact and air contact improvisation to a unizon.
And break the unizon as Tree to Rhizome resonance duet.
<Tree-Rhizome in the subbody=cobody>
Shift from a chaotic cobody movement to a special Tree resonance pattern of cobody as line, Squer, circle, box, tower and so on, and break it to another Rhizoming cobody.
In both thought and movement, we are going to acquire techniques to switch freely between the Tree and Rhizome.
For more than 10 years ago, I have wanted to realize this technique, but
was unable to succeed until now.
But, finally it is going to be able to experiment and share with everyone.
So, this <Tree-Rhizome technique> became possible for the first time in the world.
Basis of subbody Resonance Butoh is to untangle the unconscious blockages,
binds and all of those entanglment in the darkness of the body.
Sometimes they appear as a trauma, shadow, not-me, nightmare, stiffness,
sickness, habit, adiction, dissociated personality, and many kinds of subbodies=cobodies.
We release them with giving a shape and movement one by one as subbody=cobody.
To imagine a picture of Ballmer that many bodies are trapped in a box,
is usefull to get the image of the entanglement. Countless Subbodies are
tucked into the narrow place of the darkness of body. Because Life resonates
in the non-dual and multi-dimensional Qualia. They are tangled with each
other, and became unknown blockage and bind of mind/body. Our consciousness
cannot understand how to unleash them. Because some of them are connected
not only as a subconscious body, but with archetypes in the collective
unconscious realm that were hidden during the human history spanning 7
million years. The deeper cobodies such as <Swam cobody>, <Forest cobody>, <Chimera cobody>, <Boxed
cobody>, <Dismal Air cobody> <Huddling cobody> might be connected to the Non-dual <Prototype Qualia> of Life history
of 4 billion years. The reason why we cannot distinguish subbody and cobody
is due to it. Some of their origin is not only one's personal history of
at most several decades, but millions years history. They must be solved
through dancing as subbody=cobody.
Listen to Qualia that are entangled in the darkness of the body, and unleash
them one by one. There's no way to understand the order by consciousness,
only subbodies are familiar with the most optimum order. It is the <Jo-Ha-Kyu
of Healing Life>, we have to just follow it.
Folow the motif than the theme, and listen to the Qualia than the motif!
The modern dance was bound by the narrow thinking habit that we need clear theme for creation. It is stupid because it is bound by the illusion that our consciousness can controll the creation of Life, though our consciousness knows less than 1 percent of the darkness of body. Such as the theme that came up in the head, is not to be involved in such as multi-dimensional entanglement of Qualia in the darkness of the body, it just fly above the box of mystery.
Why we must not dance from such themes? Because it does not affect to the real state of Life.
The conscious theme flies high above the Life, and the dance is trapped in a narrow dualistic appearance.
Stop the dualistic theme orientated thinking, and listen carefully to non-dual Life.
A tendency of Qualia with orientation would become your motif, but motif is still bound by a partial tendency. Dance beyond the motif, and follow the subtler Qualia in the body at each
moment, they can guide us to dance all entanglement in the non-dual and
Only by starting from there, we can unleash the extreme complex of entangled
Qualia one by one in one performance. Ten or twenty subbody=cobodies will
come out with the reverse twisting from the box in the entangled Abyss.
They will come up as <Flower-Secret-Mystery>. Only Life knows the optimum timing and form. Just follow the necessary
<Jo-Ha-Kyu> of Life.
It's the Butoh of Life.