As usual, when we enter the subconscious world, everybody meet unknown
It appears as the mixture of physical and mental unpleasant condition and
It is felt that as "Suffocated (=cannot breathe)", or as if "Pressed
by someone". Sometimes it connect to Archetypes as felt as if "Some
evel spirit hates me or attacks me."
To overcome it is one of most important method to continue the travle in
the darkness of body and open full creativity and originality of Life.
I introduce some articles about 'Edge".
All old students have experienced it. Anyhow overcome and passed through
When we enter subbody world and travel various states, we often encounter
edges which some blocks bind us with unplesant body feeling or strange
We are confused and we feel that we cannot proceed anymore.
If we meet these edges or blocked feeling, we have several behaviours to
With following the stage, we can proceed the behaviour to the edge step
When you meet the edge, at first stage you follow 1. Recognizing, and 2.Listening.
And if you can feel that you are ready to communicate with it deeper, proceed
to 3. Becoming. Become the edge from both side. Then finnaly you can enter
the fouth stage 4. Dancing the edge.
We can just recognize it and leave from there, we don't need to force ourselves
to overcome it. There are so many different subbodies in our darkness of
body, we can find another subbody and follow it. There is multi-dimensional
labyrinth in the darkness, then someday we meet again the edge behind you,
'Oh! you are here!'. Or at the far distance below you may find the edge.
Listen up to the unpleasnt feeling of edge with a respect.
Because the feeling from edge is always a deep message from our life. After
for a while, we must find a big awareness.
According to Arnord Mindell, when the first process which is one's daily
self identity and the second process which is not belong identity meet,
first process want to drive away the second process from his/her telitory,
because the second process seems to attack first process from outside of
When we enter subbody world, the relationship between the first process
and second process is changed, and the first process feel big fllustration
against the second process. Because the second process seems to change
the first process as if a revolution.
But actually, both tendencies belong to our whole self, a tendency is to
keep familiar state, another tendency is to explore new world. Always these
two different tendencies are streaming in our whole self.
Our life always try to envent new possibility to live. Listen to the voice
of life. Ask to your life 'What do you want to do?'
Through the unpleasant feeling, someday we will find what the life try
to explore a new possibility.
Try to become both side of edge.
Find a partner, and try to become one side tendency of edge.
Give the unplesant feeling to your partner. if you feel an unpleasant plessure
at your chest, try to press your partner's chest with giving the same feeling.
Next the partner gives the same pressure to you. Taste the blocked feeling
from both side of edge. You may notice what is happening slowly.
4. Dancing the edge
You need to wait the timing until you are ready to grasp what is the edge.
When you feel the timing has come, try to dance the edge.
One possibility is to dance it from your side, another possibility is to
dance edge's side. Or you cantry to dance it from both side of edge.
Once you become your side and dance it, next try to dance from the opposite
side of edge. For example if you afraid the unpleasant feeling, try to
escape from it, and next, become the pursuer, try to run after you as the
pursuer. Through the experience from both side of edge, you can grasp the
whole. You may success to become a friend with both tendencies.
In my life history, I was tormented by a memory of my dead friends who
have died in the activities against the Vietnam war between USA and Vietnamese
people during 1960's to 1970's.
I was an organizer of the anti-war movement, I agitated people to fight
against the Japan gaverment which supported the US army, and many intimate
friends were killed in the movement.
'Why couldn't I die? Why did my friends have to die instead?'
I was worried by nightmare of them, many time my dead friends appeared
in my dreams .It was the biggest edge for me. I could not escape from the
nightmare for a long years. Then finally I started to dance them. I became
my dead friend and dance. No, it is not true. Exactly, I just gave my body
to my dead friends. My friends danced with using my body. We continued
the dance for many years at the various places on the planet. . Finally
I could release from the nightmare.
It was ten years before when I started to dance the edge unconsciously.
After several years, I learned the way of 'Edge work' from Aenord Mindell
who originated 'the process orien tated psychology'. I found that it helps
us a lot to be released from our deep blocks. I could develope the edge
work in the subbody butoh method. I appriciate Arnord Mindell.
This is the second stage of edge work. About the first stage, see “Edge work” of Practice Guide.
When we enter subbody world and continue to travel various states, we often
encounter edges which we are bound by an unpleasant body feeling or strange
We fall into confusion and we feel that we cannot proceed anymore.
If we meet these edges or blocked feeling, we have several behaviors ;
as the following.
Just recognize it. “Oh, you are there.”
2.Keep a safe distance
Until when you are ready to face it, keep a proper distance which you are
not attacked by it. When you are going to be bound by it, release your
self by brerahting, swaying, walking, moving, and change your condition
from bound mode to released mode. Be carefull of the sudden attack! Find
the safe distance. But don’t forget it.
Continue to listen to the edge. Ask the edge, “Who are you?”, “Where are you from?”, “What do you want
to tell me?”
When you feel that you are ready to face it, become the edge. For this
process, you need a partner. Give the edge feeling which you feel to your
partners body. If you feel that you are pressed with specific feeling,
give the same pressure to your partner. Try to feel the edge, “What is this?” You may notice what is the edge, with becoming the edge. And ask to your
partner, “Please press me with the same pressure which you received.” Taste the feeling which you are pressed from your partner. You can experience
the edge from the both side. Through the experience, slowly you may notice
what the edge wants to tell you. After this is the second stage of edge work.
5.Dance the edge
If you want to try to know more about the edge, dance the edge from both
sides. At first dance the process that you are attacked by the edge. And
next, dance the edge with becoming the edge which is attacking you. You
will be aware of what the edge is going to tell you. It must be a wonderful
awareness, because finally you can contact the important message from your
6.Become a friend
If you want to be a midwife of subbody, try to become a friend with your
edges. I know that the feeling of the edge is so terrible, your first response
must be the escape from it, it is natural. But when you continue to contact
with the edges many times, you find that the message from the life is always
bitter. When we endure the painful unpleasant feeling, we can receive the
important message from the life. I recommend you to become a friend strongly.
7.Become a universal resonator
Because when we become a friend with the edges, we can notice that the
edges are resonating with the others edge feeling. When we are familiar
with the barrier for a weakest subbody within the darkness of our body.
We can resonate with every kinds of edges as the handicapped people feel,
weakened people feel, the dead people feel, and all kinds of unhappiness
in the world. Only through the resonance by edge feeling, we can become
a resonator in the world. It is one of the noblest ways of life in the
world, don’t you feel so?
Subbody school 2010 is over.
At the moment, my subbody starts to integrate all experiences of this year
through whole night.
He gave me so many new awarenesses.
Awareness comes up always to find a hidden connection between issues which
I regarded two different things.
One of them is finding an unification of the tenbodies and the archetypes.
They are resonating in the collective unconscious realm.
I didn't know what is the bottom body. I have just continued to become
my bottom body. It brought me a special somatic feeling as a mystery. I
suggested to find own bottom to students. Some of them didn't meet it.
But a few students met it and created unique subbody. Their dance has changed
completely and deepened by finding own bottom. What did happen?
In Hijikata's butoh body, there is a boxed body.
But, it was mystery for me for long time.
Finnaly, the question was solved.
Now we are studying of Hijikata's last butoh score for "The Quiet
At first we tryed to disifer it. The text is so difficult and strange Japanese.
Even for me it took for over ten years to read and understand. Now we are
translate it into basic English. Because most of readers are non English
speakers. It is so hard to translate the most myster.ious Japanese text
into one thousand vocabrary of the basic English.
But now we have finished it, and proceed to the second stage to read it
This body reading is the most imporatant process. Everyday we read and
resonate by body.
Through this process, we could meet many new awarenesses.
One of them is the connection between Hijikata's boxed body and bottom
We can find many variations of boxed body in the text.
A mad king was put in the box
A bird which becomes a box
Small box of joints--Hans Bellmer--Samurai commander--Princess--tiger
The queen will be put in a box of joints
When I tasted these boxed body by my body, suddenly I noticed "Oh!
This is totally the same as the bottom body!"
During I read by only head, I couldn't notice at all, but through the body
reading, body felt the same qualia of the both.
That's why the body reading is so important.
I collected bottom shapes of Kazuo Ohno.
Only dynamic standing pose is spread to the world as if Ohno's trade mark.
I worryed about it. It guides people to a big misunderstanding about his
Ohno's butoh was distorted by those great pose of his pictures.
Photographers used to shoot the timing of his standing and spread his big
hands to the sky.
In spite of that it is merely the final pose of his butoh, camera men aimed
to shoot the great final pose. Because it is felt as the beauty for their
But their eyes are warped by modern daily sense of beauty.
Photographers who shoot only his great pose, distort his life of butoh
completely. And the sad thing, many Western butoh dancers are inflenced
by 'the fake of Ohno's butoh style', and it spreaded to the world.
For long long years I worryed about it.
It is one of the flower of his butoh, all right. He looked even being happy.
But flower is not made of by flower itself.
Flower becomes the flower suported by the secret and the mystery.
Ohno's real dance was wandering the dark world below the knee, he faced
to the edge of death, listen to the other world, full of the secrets and
mysteries of life there. And he found the timing to bloom the flower.
Without facing to the mystery, the butoh turns to the fake dance.
Most of photographers seem not to see his secret and mystery.
Yoshito Ohno, his son said "Kazuo had another world under the knee.
It was another cosmos for him. ' The world of under the knee was very important
for him.In case of modern dance, the tendency to orient upper direction
against the Gravity is strong. But, for kazuo, in the opposite. When he
felt something under world, he just fall down. The speed is terrible. In
a moment he was fallen."
(" Ohno kazuo; daily food for Spirit", 1999, Japan)
I collected Ohno's photos of the opposite pose against the great pose of
It was hard, because too rare to find.
Fortunately in the works of Naoya Ikegami, I could find a few photos.
I deeply apriciate Naoya's important works. It may be usefull to save the
worldwide misunderstanding about Kazuo's butoh.
Please taste them by your life., with stopping your dayly sense of the
We need to take off all conditions of human. And ask your life, please.
"What is the real Flower of his butoh?"
"What is the Secret of his butoh?"
"What is the Mystery for his butoh?"
All of Secrets and Mysteries are invisible.
Only when you stop your daily mind, it will be able to resonate with for
You must find the deepest rich Flowers of Kazuo's butoh in his bottom bodies.
Dance from the bottom of being, this is the bottom body.
What is the bottom body?
It is the most pressed subbody from the world into the minimum size.
It was not allowed to live in the daily world.
It was hidden at the bottom part of the darkness of body for long years.
When we become the bottom, it is so uncomfortable, but familiar at the
same time. It is the paradox of the bottom body.
It is the bottom of the being for us.
We start an experiment to create the deepest butoh dance in the world from
here as life which subbody and cobody become oneness.
We will sink down into where nobody knows, what nobody has been experienced
The darkness of body is infinite, actually, there is neither bottom nor
The bottom body is just a means to dance from the depth.
Try to find the smallest and weakest shape of body.
For the time being, we call it "Bottom body".
Maybe it is the most warped body, or the most pressed body.
Anyway try to find it.
This is a working hypothesis to search the deep dance.
It is worth to search, at least you can avoid the sharrow surface dance
by dance from the bottom.
Though it is hard to move with the bottom physically, because it is the
minimum size of body. You may meet various edge qualia which is not confortable.
But also they are worth to taste.
The bottom of my bottom body was broken last week.
When Ikuko guide her class, she wrote the following on the white board.
"Find the most
Try various shape!
Finally choose one!"
I used to guide to search "the smallest, the most warped, and uncomfortable
shape" for bottom body.
But, "the most hate" and "the most dirty" is freash
I noticed that it was my blind point to look inside.
I searched the most hate and the most dirty body. I met small ego of my
I hate it, and I tried to dance it. Then new bottom bodies came out one
It was so hard for me. Because the ego was connected to all experiences
of the falure of love.
But I danced it, because I noticed to dance it is necessary for me.
I could meet the new bottom body after twelve years absence.
World Life Resonance 2014
Kasuka, Kristien and cobody
Fringe Festival Amsterdam
Comme il faut!
September 6 - September 14
Sep 6 at 2:00pm to Sep 14 at 5:00pm
Subbody butoh by Kasia Żejmo
Side effect of this work is.. I am totally in
love with every cell of this world!
If It Be Now
Fragments and Impressions of Hamlet
An unique dancer, Arka from Calcutta visited school
and performed his piece. He integrated Ancient Indian
movement, dance and Grotowski method in his own
way. He also performed it at Quiet House in Delhi,
and left strong impressions.
He is willing to join in the India Rhizoming Tour 2014-15.
He will organize workshop and collaboration with
various artist in Calcutta in the end of December, 2014.
Slowly flexible networks among various artists of India
is growing. It would be the best timing now.
Katherine(UK)'s grandmother is from Poland, and she visits Poland first
She always walked around her ancester's land and tried to landing to the
On the last day she found a big stone hole in the mountain and started
dancing in the hole. Sha put the ash and charcoal of trees in the forest
to the body, and kneading the flour in the hole, slapping, piercing, and
painted it on the face, she tried for grounding with earth. At the last
moment, a big cry and dance has welled from the body to resonate with the
Santeri is second year of subbody experience. It is growing up each time
when I met him. This time, his subbody grew up in subtle dance of detail
part, and jumping wild a lot.
To see the continuos growth of subbody was big pleasure for me.
Subbody butoh is growing and deepening like this.
Santeri keep deepning!
7 September, 2014 "What is Butoh?"
---A narrow definition to poor, and deep definition to enrich
Some participants of Poland workshop asked me , "What is Butoh?"
I replied "There are two kinds of definition. One is a narrow definition
to poor, another is deep definition to enrich. Narrow definition limits
the butoh, another definition is to open butoh into infinite potentiality
of creativity of Life.
Before, also I was bound by the narrow definition as "Butoh is the
corpse(=dead body) that tries to stand desperately."
Also I have tried as the following ten years before;
"What is butoh?
I have found three essential components of Hijikata's Butoh:
1. To abandon all conditions as a human, and to transform into a
"Suijakutai (Weakened body or Collapsed body)" which resonates
with spirits of the dead, insane, handicapped, and collapsed.
2. To enter dimensions other than that of the human world, and to
become a survivor of another world.
3. To look at the living world as a dead spirit from another world.
(We call this the "Near life" body, which has the opposite position
as that of "Near Death." (The Butoh 1st chapter)
You can see the struggle in the article of "The Butoh 1st chapter".
These might be true for a specific period of butoh, but narrow truth that
binds butoh in the limited activity that Hijikata and Ohno tried in a specific
time. If you research the history of butoh, you can notice that it was
infinite experiments to try diverse possibilities of beauty.
From the resistance against modern dance and ballet, Avant-garde, the rebellion
against the values of the modern society(1960'),
As the peak of it, the agressive butoh in the "Revolt of body"
Invention of the weakened body (1970'),
Infinite investigation in the unexplored 'Butoh of Life' in the "Sick
Dancing Princess"( 1976-86).
When we research the whole life of them, we can find that butoh is the
continuation of infinite quest of novel beauty. So, in one word he just
tried to create novel beauty in what people does not regard as the beauty.
This is the deeper definition of butoh. It can open butoh into bottomless
creativity of Life. It makes butoh richer and deeper by opening unknown
possibility of Life.
When I was young, was bound by only the narrow definitions of weakened
butoh and denied the other styles of butoh. Young Lee had to be an arrogant
boy that thought to know well about Life and Universe, but in fact it is
just an illusion of Ego. We don't know about the infinite Abyss of Life
and Universe at all.
Ego has to learn the humility to the Life. It takes time. It need long
long journey into the Abyss of Life to get the humility and notice the
necessity to take off the Ego.
So, now we can follow the richer and deeper definition of butoh as the
Butoh is an infinite activity to invent a novel beauty in what nobody notices
as the beauty.
It is to bring us an infinite freedom, a bottomless freedom with vague
fears, isn't it?
It became a mini subbody festival on the last two days of Poland workshop.
During four weeks work, we tried to open only Proto body, Hidden body Bottom
body in Ten-bodies and just various resonance patterns among subbody=cobody
and behind world.
I didn't guide the Hijikata Butoh method and technique so much.
But the last performances bloomed extreme diversities of creation.
I noticed that I might bind hte potential diversity of the criativity of
Life by consisting to guide to the Hijikata method in the Subbody School.
About this, please read an article below, "A narrow definition to
poor, deep definition to enrich" of "Sinking into the darkness'..
In Poland, my old friend, Yamazaki Hiroaki in my subbody woke up suddenly.
He used my body and danced three times, at first in the pond of the stone
pit, the second time in the rocky mountain, the third time in the darkness
of old house. This is the second one in a rocky hill.
”Yamazaki, wake up!
I hit a rock by stone, but in fact it is not me, but Yamazaki hit us. I
felt that Yamazaki is hitting our bodies that were frozen as a rock to
October 8, 1967, while shouting to stop the Vietnam War, Yamazaki stopped
his breath near the Haneda International Air port, is trying to reborn.
The 50 death anniversary of 2017, old friends are trying to built a monument
of Yamazaki near Haneda, Tokyo.
I will repeat this dance many times over two years up to that time, in
different places, in India, Europe, America, and Asia and this dance will
grow up to a long piece.
Subbbody Resonance Butoh School 2017 Autumn semester will be held in Japan,
rather than Himalaya.
I want to expand the Nomad Rhizome tour in Japan during September, October,
and November, 2017.
Some students are willig to join in the tour already.
It's the return to Japan after twenty years away for me.
All friends in the world!
I would like to ask you to assist it in various ways.
We hope to dance at the main ceremony of the Yamazaki's monument on 8th
October, 2017 near Haneda, Tokyo, and the other places, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto
and some other places.
We want to open a workshop to become subbody=cobody beyond the distinction
between self and others.
I hope you to support the cost for travall and living expenses of about
We want to bring a new way of life to become Rhizome not bound by ego and
This year is 48th anniversary of the death of Horoaki Yamazaki.
October 8, 1967, in the Anti-Vietnam War movement, Ymazaki died with shouting
"Stop war! Stop Vietnam War!" on the Benten bridge near the Haneda
Now, Yamazaki is trying to reborn.
At The 50 death anniversary of the year after next, old friends are trying
to build a monument of Yamazaki., October 8th, 2017
During the workshop of Poland, we visited a old stone pit, and I encountered
a big rock stood in the middle of the pond.
I felt "This must be Yamazaki stone!"
Though I have stopped dancing and been devoted to be a midwife for these
15 years, suddenly my subbody started dancing with Yamazaki.
Subbody started moving for the first time in 15 years.
"Yamazaki, Wake up!
I kept beating the rock by stones.
And strangely happened while continuing to beat,
Who is Hitting it not me, but Yamazaki hit my frozen body.
Then, not only Yamazai, but, Toshiaki Tuji, Kenji Hashimoto , Santiago
Sempere, My dead mother, woke up and began dancing with using my body at
Also small creature in the Pacific Ocean that is suffering by the radioactivity
leaking from the nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
Their malformed and disabled bodies danced together.
A participant of the Poland workshop, Aga resonated dancing with us.
She cried as my dead mother who continued cring as the death of yamazaki.
The subbody will continue to dance, and the subbody=cobody that spread
to the World would resonate together.
Until the dance in October 2017, in Japan, we will continue to dance at
various places and time.
Even after this, my many subbody = cobody that had been sleeping in the
darkness of the body for many years awake.
During the workshop of Poland, some sobodies begun to dance in the river,
in the mountains, and in the old Polish house.
Over two years from now, this subbody-cobody will grow in different location;
India, Europe, the United States, Asia and so on.
In the Autumn semester 2017, Subbody Resonance Butoh School will away from
the Himalayas, and we are going to expand the Nomad Rhizome tour in Japan
in September, and October, 2017.
All subbody-cobody around the world!
Why don't you dance together in Japan, in the autumn, 2017?
Our steps shall continue until the subbody-cobody Rhizome will grow up