The Butoh ――A dedication to Tatsumi Hijikata
|A girl /Tatsumi Hijikata 1973|
14 The vaporized body
Vaporizing is one of the most important technique of Hijikata Butoh.
It divides the dance which is performed in the three dimensional world,
and butoh which is performed among multi-dimensional other worlds.
He danced it in his last solo performance; "The Quiet House"(1974).
From the beginning to the end, he showed various development of vaporized body through the whole piece.
He wrote about it in the Butoh-Hu (Butoh Score) for the solo.
( View the chapter 8-10 about the first paragraph of the butoh score, crick here)
“The deads transform the shape quietly and infinitely. It is not rare that they use shapes of others flexibly and naturally.
At the second paragraph, he wrote about the importance. “The deads transform
the shape quietly and infinitely."
The dead don't have any physical shape. They are invisible vaporized body. Vaporized body is the most imporatnt technique in his last butoh. Only few people knows about it. Hijikata choreograpged it to only Yoko Ashikawa, but she wrote that she couldn't understand it at all. "Becuase I was too young to understand what is the death.", she wrote recently on her web site. The vaporizing technique was hidden for long years.
3. “Ash girl”
Soul and spirit
Nobody can sleep
A flower of winter
Too much enrichment visited her and made her an extreme beautiful being
She learned various customs of the dead
A dream of the horsemeat
A man who was brought from the Japanese-style room
Animal =mad adult and child who sit on the chair
Dance the beginning part of the Kanchen with naked
Use the floor technique of Framan
A morning of storm
Pay attention to what the last sentsnce is "Materializing".
What does this mean?
It means all shapes from the beginning to the end of this paragraph are performed by invisible vaporized bodies
Remember that he started the butoh score from this sentence.
"A girl who plans evil deeds in the rain"
Ash girl is the first transformation of the girl who is planning evil deeds
in the rain, she transforms into various vaporized bodies; from soul and
spirit to the end of the paragraph.
Soul and spirit
A morning storm
All of these transformations are the contents of his dead sister's dreams which Hijikata found through sinking into his dead sister's body for long years. His sister transforms one after aonother with planning evil deeds. He did not use arms and hands at all. They are faded through whole piece. All of these transformations are danced by hidden skins. Also the complex sequence of transformation in the next paragraph are performed by hidden skins.
1. Flower, rain, girl; To use all of them
Mask or bug
Doll-ash girl-washing-nobody visit anymore
2. Running and from bird to girl, the girl has vaporized and a sitting technique
3. witch-A is vaporizing
4. A which who connects to the salmon head is vaporizing
5. A great witch who dreams horsemeat is vaporizing
6. Various whereabouts are vaporizing
Water- Obon( A special days when deads return home)- a far forest- the dead
This is the concrete choreograph of the development of vaporizing process.
A girl who plans evil deeds in the rain of the first paragraph transforms
from doll-ash girl-bird-girl to various witches and whereabouts.
Pay attention to what the vaporizing process is so complex.
It is not simple process which happens at once, but so complicated processes which transform among multi-dimensions.
This is the essence of his last finding about life.
Life is always changing and streaming among multi-dimensions. it is so subtle and infinite transformation in non-dual world. If we want to dance the real life, it must be so complex as these. Feel each qualia of this paragraph; flower, rain, girl, mask, bug, and so on, by your hidden skins. Show all of these changes of the world without using the normal gestures.
He wrote again to pay special attention about the essence of vaporizing process at the 15th paragraph.
15 Slow diffusion
keep it in mind not to vaporizing at once.
A development of vaporizing process should be tried in the vaporized condition.
This problem will become clear before long.
"A development of vaporizing" means just as we read at the fourth paragraph, the subtle and dynamic transformation from a girl to witch, great witch, and whereaboutst. Naturally they are already dead, it is necessary the transformations are developed in the vaporized condition.
The physical method of vaporizing is not to stand up like as human movement, but to shift from sitting solid body to standing and floating vaporized body like as a soul or spirit.
But it is not completed by only physical technique, we need to erase our ego and self which is unnecessary for butoh body.
To be able to erase them is the most important nature for butoh dancer, though it is not easy for all.
It is already not easy, but not only it, we need to segment the vaporizing process into multi dimensional developing process.
How delicate and how high standard of transformation it is!
We may be dejected, but if it is the only way to be the life, it is worth to do even if it need so long time.
Hijikata could show us the sample to be the life only once.
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