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 "Quiet House" Tatsumi Hijikata 1974

2 After fifty years,
Subbody Butoh was born

Fifty years have passed since Hijikata began his Butoh dance.

In these fifty years, we have found so many maps to enter into Hijikata's multi-dimensional world.

How could Hijikata create such an extremely strange Butoh?

By inventing a special way to enter into the darkness of the body.
In this darkness of the body, it is a non-dual and multi-dimensional world that is constantly and fluidly shape-shifting beyond the baundaries of self and others, you and me, inside and outside.

The inner dead resonates with the outer dead.
The inner collapsed is crying together with the outer collapsed.

Hijikata often said,
"I keep a dead sister in my body. I move with her always."
He grew his hair long and wore the clothes of his dead sister.

Hijikata also said, "I thirst to be a handicapped, collapsed body."
He explored the collapsed body of the insane, diseased, handicapped, and near death.

This collapsed body is called "suijakutai." He pursued this for the rest of his life, and found a deep resonance between the inner collapsed body and the outer collapsed body.

Then he opened another dimension, in which Butoh spirits are dancing together beyond time and space.

Before Japanese society shifted into a high-speed, information society, there were many paths to these other dimensions.
Most people had an animistic, fluid mind.
But during the later half of the 20th century, society shifted into a mono-dimensional world. We lost the paths to the multi-dimensional world. We lost the ability to resonate with other dimensions, with animals, plants, archetypes and so on.

However, in these fifty years, some people have looked for paths to an alternative way of life. Through their work, we have been given some maps to guide our way into the non-dual and multi-dimensional world of transformation.
We can now enter the world of Butoh by using these maps.
I found useful maps in the following people's work:

1. In "Words and Things" (1960), Michel Foucault predicted "The ending of the human", the idea was that the human will disappear when an alternative type of intelligence will be found. He meant that the human-centred thinking of modern western society will vanish and we will shift to another way of thinking.

2. In 1968, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari proposed a new way of thinking: the "Rhizome". Rhizome can connect freely to others and separate flexibly within a multi-dimensional world. It is the opposite concept as that of the "Tree" which has a pyramid-shaped hierarchy. "Thousand Plateaus" is one of the best guides to the multi-dimensional, fluid, shape-shifting world in which Hijikatat found the path to Butoh magic.

3. String theory was found in 1968 and has developped an extremely different way of seeing the Universe in the last forty years.
Most of us take for granted that our Universe has three dimensions. But this is not so, according to the String theory, which claims that our Universe has many more dimensions than meet the eye. These dimensions are tightly curled into the folded fabric of the cosmos.
According to the String theory, the Universe is made up of tiny strings, whose resonant patterns of vibration are the microscopic origin of partical masses and energies. Contrary to standard physics, which is bound by the old concept of three dimensions, the String theory has opened a completely new view of the multi-dimensional Universe. It suggests to us the possibility of a new kind of thinking.

4. Arnold Mindell facilitates us to enter into the multi-dimensional world through his "process-oriented psychology." He developped C.G. Jung's concept of individuation - a three-dimensional understanding of our whole self - by adding the dimension of time. Mindell proposes that we release ourselves from the bind of the Consensus Reality, take up the challenge of living in the fluid, multi-dimensional world, and become a modern shaman.

5. A.L. Rossi guides us into the psycho-somatic, interactive world through his "Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing" and his method of Ideodynamic healing in hypnosis. He found the missing links between our mind and body, composed of our traumas, complexes, and dissociations. This work is called "State-dependent Memory, Learning, and Behaviour". By using his method, we can enter into the subconscious world more safely.

6. The Japanese anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa revealed that the human has the capacity to think in different ways - that of ancient liquid intelligence and that of modern intelligence. Modern people have lost liquid intelligence. Nakazawa proposed that we can recover this. He established a research centre of the Art Anthropology in Japan.

These are the most important works for a paradigm shift in human thinking and living in the past fifty years.

 

Subbody butoh Opens an Art of Tree-Rhizome

I can show the perspective of total vision of this revolution.

The modern intelligence is bound by the consensus reality of a three-dimensional world or four dimensional time-space.
It is trapped by the Tree thinking and Judgment that was limited within the dualistic logic; good/bad, right/wrong, up/down, in/out and so on.



The multi-dimensional liquid intelligence, like the Strings above that are vibrating in the eleven dimensions of Calabi-Yau space. (Illustrations by Colona.) It is free from the Tree hierarchical thinking, no center, no top.

We can choose to stay in the classical mono-dimensional consensus reality, or to enter the world that we can go and come flexibly between the Tree system and Rhizome. Which is more interesting for you?

Subbody Butoh was born fifty years after Hijikata's work. It is a method of entering into both of the world of Tree and Rhizome, modern intelligence and the multi-dimensional fluid world, by using the maps that have been found in the last fifty years.

The Subbody Butoh method opens the way to become a creator of one's own Butoh by resonating between the inner darkness of the body and all the unhappiness of the outer world.

 

All the schools and mass communications hide the most important truth

No school in the world teaches the possibility of the Tree-Rhizome thinking and the Art of a creative life, which are the most important findings in the past fifty years.

Why?

The reason is that there is a dangerous possibility that these new findings might change the framework of modern society. The classical framework of intelligence, taught in one's education and training, supports the social system of modern capitalism. Foucault already illuminated this system by which people are transformed into spontaneous supporters of the order of society.
Schools, hospitals, factories, offices, prisons, and other forms of mass communication are the plants for producing spontaneous supporters. This is why we are never taught the possibilities of new ways of thinking and living.
The school is the printing factory for printing the old way of thinking into people's minds.

Get out of the modern society.
Throw off the old style intelligence.
Throw out the Nation-state.
Become Nomad, and dive into Butoh with your whole Life.
Become a Rhizome!
Become a Secret!

The biggest secret was hidden by the education system and mass communication. We can become a new creative being that streams in the no-dual and multi-dimensional world.

 

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