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What is the Beauty?
 
 
Resonant Rhizome beyond the Barriers in Hungary/ Rhizome Lee and cobody 
January 1, 2016

Beauty of Life Resonance


What we are doing is the quest for the Beauty of Life Resonance.
It is nor human feeling, neither judgement, but in the deep unconscious realm, it is a kind of quivering of our naked Life, even in the cell's Life level.
Few people has turned their eyes to such a faint isse as Life resonance.
Most of people do not even know that there is such a thing.
However,
the deepest essence of Beauty is Life Resonance.
Beauty is not only information level for eyes, ears, feelings, but it is a natural phenomena that Life is moved by Qualia resonance in deep unconscious bodily realm. .
In the past, the Noh Master, Zeami investigated in the secret of beauty as the
trinity of <Flower>, <Interesting> and <Unusual>, and wrote so in the famous book, "Fuushi-kaden". But, he continued to deepen it, he finally found his ultimate beauty as the <Yu-Gen (Subtle and profound, Unseen)>. It was inevitable experience beyond human heart or consciousness which our depth was moved by something unknown in the under conscious realm, When Life is trembling between life and death.

The ultimate beauty for Hijikata Tatsumi was
<Flower of Kan(=disability)>. When our being is cornered until the edge of disability, still Life is trying to survive by malformed uncontrolled body desperately, he tried to find an novel beauty as the <Flower of Kan>.

During the Summer workshop with diverse disabled people, after various practices, I asked participants, "Which one do you want to do the most in the last performance?"
People replyed, "The transformation from the stone! "
It was that we became the stones which is not able to move by attacked, deformed and solidified by something unknown. And we reborn with transforming as a new creature for each.
There were condensed their serious wishes that each disabled body might not be able to recover in this real life, but their Life wish strongly to reincarnation in different life on the stage.

An universal essense through the both bottom of
<Yu-Gen> of Zeami, <Kan flower> of Hijikata, is the <Beauty of Life Resonance>.

The deepest Beauty is based on the trembling Life, the Life Resonance.
Although human self and ego is trapped in various boundaries and framed, Life is resonating beyond all the barriers, the nationality, religion, culture, race, sexuality, poor/rich, ability/disability and so on. The Qualia of Life Resonance is always swaying beyond the borders between self/others, present/past, even death/life.
In a number of dance that I danced in 2015, I felt my Life was leaping for deepest joy during the performance with disabled people in Hungary.
I could laugh from the bottom of Life.
I decided to follow the necessity of my Life, and changed the this years schedule to continue this work with them.
This is just the little tiny start for that we will change the world which is filled with a myriad of barriers.
I want to deepen still collaboration with people with a variety of disorders which is the outstanding challenges in the future.
It will be unknown challenge, but we can overcome it, even if any unexpected inconvenience would be happened.
We are able to convert the negative issue to positive source for novel creation, through the previous experiences of decades.
In the world of creation, it transform to opposite so often.
Even looks negative issue we would encounter, it must be a treasure house of resources of creation.
Plus is minus, minus is plus.
Bright is dark, dark is bright.
It is
the magic of Butoh creation.

People who want to challenge a new way of life!
Come to the Himalayas!



Read more "Sinking into the darkness"




What is the beauty?

"What is the beauty?"
Suddennly, the big question visited me.

What on earth is the beauty for dance?

The beauty of life comes from deep life resonance.
Life created so diverse resonance patterns from the beginning moment when the origin of life was born four billion years ago. At the first time, life could resonate hardly with only a few substances. For example life had to wait to find proper resonance way with oxigion gas for over one billion year. But year by year, life invented many resonance patterns with almost things on the palanet, and invent diverse ways of life. Some of them invented way of life in the ocean, other species invented on the land, in the sky and underground. .
Life has infinite creativity, resonativity and originality. Now it is able to open these infinite possibilities of life.

History of the expansion of the beauty

The ancient dance was to devote to the great Spirit or God.
Before of them, I guess the most primitive dance was just the gushing out of life.
But, ancient people understood that the infinite creative qualia must be a gift from the great Spirit or something.
Still now the traditional Indian dances are just devoted to the God.
When human made the Nation-State, the Court dance was to devote to the King, the beauty was to express the social role, Queen, Princess, Knight and the common people.
In this age, the beauty of individual expression was not regard as the beauty.

The modern dance broke the ancient limit and invent the beauty of individual ego expression. The radical desruction of original modern dances by Isadora Dunkan, Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Rudolf Laban showed that it was a revolution of the beauty against the traditional beauty.
The contemporary dance expanded the beauty from ego to whole self expression. Pina Bausch invented the dance theater to express all kind of issues of human society. Postmodern dance released the beauty from the self expression, and expand it just the beauty of the physical movement.
But the contemporary concept of beauty was bound by the human concept. Modern human society excluded all kind of miserable conditions of life from the society and hided them. It dissociated the dead, sick, mad, mental and physical handicapped people and cut out from the human concept. The beauty of contemporary world is bound by narrow healthy human concept. And only excelent choregrapher can create the whole theater, the dancers are just choreographed.
In modern and contemporary age, the beauty of subtle life resonance was not regarded as the beauty. The beauty was bound by the concept of human. Physical and mental handicapped body was dissociated from the beauty. Near death life swaying between life and death are not regarded as the beauty. They are dissociated from the society itself.

Butoh of Life is to go beyond all those borders, and to expand the concept of beauty for all kind of life. Each kind of life has own beauty, even ameba,slime, jellyfish, snail, bug, lizard, animal have their own beauty. Also each condition of life between death and life has own beauty, even mental and physical handicapped, near death, mad, weakened being. When we reseach our darkness of body, we meet many shadows, not-me, dissociated character, weak, ugry tendencies.
We can resonate with all of miserable conditions of life. Life is moved by the more miserable condition, by the deeper resonance.

When Tatsumi Hijikata explored the weakened body butoh, he had clear will to expand the beauty, then he could invented the novel beauty in what was considered out of the beauty in the modern human world.
The weakened body butoh can resonate with all kind of miserable conditions of life.
He resonated with the Minamata disease people whoes body was collapsed by mercury pollution, and leprosy; Hansen's disease and so on.
Especially, he could dig out the deep truth of life which life can invent new way of life with overcomng the demerit of the handicapped body.
It is the deepest beauty of life. When I was early twenties, I was moved deeply from the bottom of exsistense by Hijikata's butoh performance. I could not understandat all what happened at that time. It became deep mystery for me and sank down into the darkness of my body. The deep mystery of butoh guided me to dicide to become a butoh dancer when I was fourty five years old. I continued to investigate in Hjikata butoh by my body. After fourty years from the first encounter with Hijikata's butoh, finnaly I got that was an intense resonance between life and life.
And I got the method why only Hijikata could invent the extreme radical beauty.
Everybody can open the infinite creativity of life when we could stop our conscious mind, and listnig in life, and deep necessary subbody movements come out from the darkness of body. It becomes possible to create each own beauty of life as same as Hijikata. At length, slowly it comes out from student's body.

Life is resonating with various other worlds behind this world.
We need to take off the illusion of human, and the consensus reality which the majority of people are bound. We have to release from all kind of judgment; right/wrong, good/bad, beautiful/ugry, and so on. And we can recover the resonativity with every thing as a life without any judgements and existent concept of beauty.
The infinite creativity, originality, and resonativity of life are hidden in our darkness of body. We can just open it.


If we head straight on this way, it will become possible to co-create a world together without any special choreographer. It is the Resocracy.
The resocracy is not only for dance theater, but also it will grow up to a novel method for co-creating a new society which is able to manage everything well by only life resonance.
Even it will take for thousands years, hte resocracy will be the new standard instead of the agressive ego and self which is the standard in the modern world.
Instead of the present world which is controlled by Nation-State, politics of power, money and informations, we can change the world to which even the weakest life can live peacefully. If a life would fall into the unhappy condition, still it can create a new way of life and excahnge each other freely. A transparent brightness of onfinite creativity of life will fill all over the world.

My individual life will end in several years or so. Until then, I wish to facilitatepeople who become a midwife( facilitater) of life resonance as much as possible. Come to Himalaya. The gate for a novel and the most noble way of life is open always for you.


 


Expand the beauty

Life created so diverse resonance pattern from the origin of life was born at four billion years ago. At the first time life could resonate with very few things. For example life had to wait to find good resonance way with oxigion gas for over one billion year. But year by year, life invented many resonance pattern with almost thing on the palanet, and invent unique qay of life. Some one invent way of life in the ocean, other species invented on the land, underground, in the sky.
Life has infinite creativity, resonativity and originality. Subbody butoh method is to open these infinite possibilities as life.

The ancient dance was to devote to god, still traditional dance is so.
When human made nation-state, the Court dance was to admire the king, the beauty was bound by social role, queen, princess, knight and the common people.
The modern dance broke the ancient limit and invent the beauty of individual ego expression.
The contemporary dance expand the beauty from ego to self. Pina baush invented the dance theater to express all kind of problem of human society.
But the contemporary concept of beauty was bound by humanity. Modern human society exclude all kind of miserable condition of life from the society and hided them. It dissociated the death, sick, mad, mental and physical handicapped people and cut out from the human concept.

Butoh of life is to go beyond all borders of them, and expand the concept of beauty for all kind of life. Each kind of life has own beauty, even ameba,slime, jellyfish, snail, bug, lizard, animal have their own beauty. Each condition of life between death and living has own beauty, even mental and physical handicapped, near death, mad. When we reseach our darkness of body, we meet many shadows, not-me, dissociated character, weak, ugry tendencies.
We can resonate with all of miserable condition of life. Life is moved by the more miserable condition, the deeper resonance.

When Hijikata explore the weakened body, he had clear will to expand the beauty, then he could created novel beauty in what was considered out of the beauty in the modern human world.

Because life is resonating with various other worlds behind this world. We need to take off the illusion of human and the consensus reality. We have to rease from all kind of judgment; right/wrong, good/bad, beautiful/ugry, and so on. And we can recover the resonativity with every thing as a life without any judhments and existent concept of beauty.
The infinite creativity, originality, and resonativity of life are hedden in our darkness of body. Just open it.



Beauty is from the life resonance


For long year I investigate in the resonance, and beauty.
But I could not say like that above directly.
It is terrible thing to say what is the beauty, I thought so.
Beauty was always hidden in the numinous darkness for me.
Why do we feel the beauty at the special moment, and are moved deeply?
When I encounter the moment of unexpected beauty came out when students who met first time resonated each other delicately, I noticed that the beauty is from the life resonance!
When we notice a subtle invisible resonace between life and life,
something in our lives are moved deeply by unknown beautiful feeling.
It is numionous special experience which we feel only when we meet a beauty.
I could not defivne the beauty what it is yet until today.
I could not solve the question of what is the essense of beauty from the life resonance.
But now, It is possible to say that the beauty is generated at a special moment when we encounter a novel life resonance.
I don't hurry. Now I just find a entrance of the tunnel of what is the beauty.
We will continue to explore this.


The Flower-Mystery-Secret

The beauty of life seems to be muddled by the chaos of the Flower, Mystery, and Secret by unknown logic.

The Flower

When we see an excelent dance, it happens the life strats shivering spontaneously and immidiately.
It is the Flower.
In my case, I saw Hijikata's butoh fourty years ago, and the shivering of my life still continues. It's a miracle.
I don't know why the shivering occurs and continues.
Just I ca nguess when the life resonates deeply, the shivering occurs infinitely.
It is not possible to be a dance without the Flower.
Because it is not a dance but merely a movement or a imitation.
Where and how does the Flower come out?
We are tendent to focus on the Flower, but the Flower is not indipendent.
It is the same as the physical flowers are supported by the ground, sunshine, rain, bugs and so on.

The Mystery

A beautiful movement becomes the Flower only with supported by the Mystery.
The mystery is an unknown chaos in the darkness of body which everything is hidden in and comes out from. That is multi-dimensional and non-dual world.
There are full of unknown tendencies of qualia; primitive, hidden, possessed, archetype, kugutsu( being moved), weakened, warped, chimerad, boxed, pressed qualia, and so on. They are moving by other logics against daily logic, beyond every border; in/out, up/down, good/bad, ugry/beautiful, self/others, mind/body, and so on. Those dualistic judgments are only by daily human head, the life never judge. That's why they are the Mystery. Butoh dancers sink into the Mystery everyday, and struggle with the unknown tendencies. It is like a bog without bottom, strange deep dark world.
Through the struggle, oneday the Flower comes out by crystallizing from the mud of Mystery. From the deeper Mystery, the deeper Flower comes out.
In my experience, the depth of Mystery of Hijikata's butoh has attacked me stronger than the Flower of it.

The Secret


Dancers try to find various movements through the struggle.
At one moment, it happens a movement changes into the Flower of dance.
When a physical movement and qualia stream of life crystalize as oneness, it becomes a dance.
Original qualia of the dancer connect strongly to the dancing place of body at that time. The crystalizing is by the work of life.
Dance is not something created by the dancer's head, but the life creates it.
It is the Secret of life.
The life just shivers, and tells us "Now is the timing!" by a special strong somatic feeling. Dancer is able to hunt the moment and inprints it on the body immediately.
It is the hunting of the Secret of life.

The Flower, the Mystery, and the Secret are belong in the life.
Dancer can just listen to the life.
To polish the subtle sensient listening to the life is the daily work of butoh dancers.
If you neglect this every day's work, you are not butoh dancer at all.
Listen to the each cell's life resonance, it is trillion times subtler than the gross sense of human.

The Flower

17 September. 2014

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The Mystery

23 August. 2010

How can you deepen your own butoh world

In the last butoh score for "Quiet house", there are hidden so many creative hints for deepening our own creation. There are written some general method for butoh of life, and the others are possible to apply for deepening each own creation.   

 

 

1. “The red god”

 

A girl who plans a evil deed in the rain

Keep a face of floor throughout the whole time

Stick to a face of salmon as a monomaniac

・A stuffed spring

・A nest of forest, a nest of eyes, a moth which is put on a wood plate

・A vaporized caramel artisan or the Christ which is drawn as a picture of samurai in combat

・A fine spider’s thread which runs on the forehead

・A beggar

・The lower back of the cat

・A behind world

・A garbage disposal place

・When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower

・A fragile sound collapsed in a storage barn

・A can factory

・A regeneration of a reduction by X 

・Behind the mirror

 

 

1. “The red god”

 

What mystery in the darkness of body will move you?  Find your own numinous qualia which move your body .

 

A girl who plans a evil deed in the rain

 

Research your own main motif for dancing, and keep it as your secret. 

Ask you life various questions as the following;

"What do you want to do most?"

"What is the big problem for you in your life?"

"Who does move me?"

"Why do I dance?"

"Who am I?"

"What is life and death?"

For creation, somehow we need a reason to dance. If you find it, keep it as your own secret. Never tell it others.

 

Keep a face of floor throughout the whole time

 

This is a general method. Keep your face flat like as floor throughout whole time.

 

Stick to a face of salmon as a monomaniac

 

But, sometimes your hidden body will come out. Let them come out at the best timing. Contact with various sub-personalities, shadows, not-me, inferiority characters and so on in the travel of your darkness of body. And find the best timing to come out for each of them.

 

・A stuffed spring

 

Find your own butoh world qualia which are swaying between death and life. The world in the darkness of body is always changing and streaming like as dream world. We need many kinds of world qualia and find the best timing of opening different dimensions.

 

・A nest of forest, a nest of eyes, a moth which is put on a wood plate

 

This is the general method to become the nest body which wears many different behind worlds. Keep a nest of forest on your hidden skins, and being moved by various other world. Your eyes become nest of eyes which eyes become many kind of rotten eyes. And watch this living world from another world.

 

・A vaporized caramel artisan or the Christ which is drawn as a picture of samurai in combat

 

Remember the most  impressive person, and follow the transformation of that person like as the dream world. 

 

・A fine spider’s thread which runs on the forehead

・A beggar

・The lower back of the cat

 

Segment your body into minimum size, and feel that various subtle qualia move the part of body in different ways.  Activate your own proto bodies( imaginary creatures) , and let them to come out from various parts of body.

 

・A behind world

 

 Always feel behind world which is invisible from this world, and open full resonance with them.

 

・A garbage disposal place

 

Remember a garbage disposal place, and resonate with various qualia of the garbages. Garbages are also always swaying between life and death.

 

・When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower

 

Imagine that when you move, it makes subtle change into other world.  Resonate with another subtle swaying world.

 

・A fragile sound collapsed in a storage barn

 

Open your inner audio channel which is resonating with various inner sounds, voices, musics. And being moved by a resonance with them.

 

 ・A can factory

 

Remember  a most impressive place, and dance in that place. That place will bring up various different channels memories; smell, taste, touching, visual, and audio.  They will be your dance partner.

 

・A regeneration of a reduction by X 

 

This is the most important method to open your creativity to the maximum. Try to reduce some element from a thing or a world. For example reduce a element; age, gender, nationality and so on from you. You will change the age, sex, and become another being, and come back to your daily body. You will meet so many other possibilities for transformation from this process.

 

・Behind the mirror

 

Always open flexible resonance with invisible world. And enter into another world with becoming another being.

 

The resonant smile and the Dead who called me in Cambodia

3 February, 2010

A letter from Cambodia--Who moved me here?


Now I am at Phnom Penn, Cambodia to visit my old friend.
To travel far beyond three borders, and to meet an old friend is one of the biggest pleasure in life.It is the first purpose to visit Cambodia. And I had a promice to give workshop to
young Cambodian people with inviting by a Cambodian friend, Rith who visited Subbody School Last year.
But, not only these reasons, I felt that an unknown reason moved me to this country.
At first I visited a market as usual when I visit a new contry, it was amazingly rich! So many kinds of sea food and vesitables and so on. The tradition of cocking is wonderful too with using various soi sources and fish sources. I felt it's one of richest one on the planet within I know.
People's face is so calm. it is resonating with Khmer Bhudda images. I could released deeply to meet them.
On the contrary, but, I have to visit a terrible place where is the memorial of the Killing field by Khmer Rouge leaded by Pol Pot. Three million poeple were killed near Phnom Penn.
The Dead in my darkness of body resonate with the Dead in the killing field, and moved me here. The Deads are resonating beyond time-space. I felt that the Dead in The World War, Aushubitz, Vietnum, Afgan, Iraq and so on are resonating in the darkness of body.
In human history, why these terrible things happens? I investigated in it for long years.
Now slowly I can understand the essential reason. The thought of communism lacked the principle of life resonance. In my young age I was an activist anti-Imperalism, and anti-Stalinism. But also we didn't have the thought of life resonance. We killed each other a lot.
The resonance by the Dead called me here, and they still asking us how can we stop the war, violence by the nation-state. They seemes suggest me, to think about the world change by the "Resocracy" deeper.


The Flower

29 April, 2010

The micro Jo-Ha-Kyu


At the night of the day when we practiced Jo-Ha-Kyu of Bug's walk, Zeami appeared in my dream and he seemed to say something to me.
I noticed that I forgot to tell an important thing about Jo-Ha-Kyu, I woke up in the midnight and read again the book of Zeami works.
He wrote about micro Jo-ha-Kyu as the following;

"There is Jo-Ha-Kyu in a movement of a foot step or a voice. If we feel interesting in it, it is the completion of Jo-Ha-Kyu. I told you before "1. Melody, 2.Timing, 3.Voice" about the timing of voice. It means that the melody by instrument is "Jo", when you find the best timing to start singing, it is "Ha", the voice is already "Kyu". If your life feel intersting in the three, it is the completion of Jo-Ha-Kyu."






The Secret

Hunting the Secret of life

When we practice various movement of body and mind, there is a moment which suddenly mind and body movement become oneness.
It is the special moment which practice crystalizes to your butoh.
We said it "Sin-Gi-Tai (Unification of mind-body-and technique) in Japanese tradition of bodily art.
After several weeks continue practicing of mind and body, this crystalization often happens. It is the moment practice transforms real dance. We should catch and fix the moment carefully with pricise qualia and the timng.
If we use the word of "mind", we are bound by human concept, then we use the word of "qualia". It contains everything which life feels; qualia of bodily feeling, movement, gravity, light, sound, and inner memories, dreams, imagination, illusion, vision, and so on. Many kinds of tendencies of subbodies; animal body
, hidden body, liquid body, stone body, vaporized body, weakened body, and so on. All of them are streaming in the darkness of body.
Try to catch the moment which inner qualia stream and physical moveement become oneness. Become a carefull hunter to catch the subtle moment.
When we move with following bodily qualia stream, we cannot hunt it. Dancer needs to become hunter at the same time. Hunter is always moving with the target as oneness body. During dancing, the hunter watch yourself from outside "Riken eyes" , and hunt the oneness moment.

And at the next stage, Listen in the best timing between a subbody movement and next movement. There is only one best timing in every movement. Hunt it!
Hunt the best speed, best stillness, best connection, and fix them.
From the beginning to the end, listen in the best "Jo-Ha-Kyu", and hunt it, fix it.

Hunt your butoh!
Hunt the timing!
Hunt the Jo-ha-kyu!

This is the method to create your own choreography with listning your life stream.


The Blood

Dance and its blood

 

After finishing the decipherment and translation of the butoh score,
long term students started inventing new practice methods around the score.

Today Odile chose No.16 paragraph, and guided us to dig our darkness of bodies deeper.

 

 

16 The difficulty to change place

 

The body is the dancing place. A dancing place of hand, a dancing place of hip, a dancing place behind the elbow, and so on.

The depth of the dancing place is formed by overcoming hardship and connecting memories involved in each part of body.

For example, I find that it is very precious thing that there is a peacock in the garden of Mr. Yanagida's house.

And, the place of the can factory is told by my dear powder.

They become my blood in the dancing.

Here, Hijikata said that we need real qualia which our life resonated deeply for dancing, like peacock which he surprised when he encountered it at his friend's house, or can factory where he used to work at in his young age, there were so deep important inner qualia for his life.
These real qualia for our life changes a movement to a necessary dance.
Only physical movement is merely a movement. When a movement and real qualia merge into oneness, it become a dance.
Hijikata said here to us the following;
"There are so many empty dances without real blood of life in the modern soceity.
Research your own necessity of dancing, find out your own real qualia of life resonance. Only these bring the real butoh dance."

 

Odile used a music as qualia which are involving into each part of body, and with using only one part of body; hand, wrist, elbow, hip, foot, eyes, ear, chin, body cavity, and so on, let us try to dance in the three stage as the following;

 

  1. Move with riding on the music. ( In Hijikata's word; connecting with the music)
  2. Move without riding on the music. ( In Hijkata's word; overcoming the involved music)
  3. Create each one's own dance with the qualia of blood.

 

When we did this practice, we found that this is so rich way of creation.

Because, when a physical movement and unique qualia merge into oneness, it become a real dance.    

 

So rich and novel movement came out from each student's darkness of body, one after another.

 

Also I got a novel awareness through body reading about the peacock of this paragraph.

Hijikata told us, "Remember the qualia when your life got deep resonance with shining or surprising. The real shining resonance of life must become the real blood to turn your movement to a flower.

 

If only physical movement, it is merely a movement, but when it merge with real qualia of life resonance, it turns it to the flower of dance.

 

That's why so many novel subbodies came out today.

These practice is the real good one for opening the creativity of life.

We researched the real surprising or shining moment in our life, and could dig out so many forgotten hidden qualia and they connected to new subbody butoh dances.

 



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