2 After fifty years
Fifty years have passed since Hijikata began his Butoh dance.
By inventing a special way to enter into the darkness of the body.
In this darkness, there is multi-dimensional world that is constantly and fluidly shape-shifting.
The inner dead resonate with the outer dead.
The inner collapsed cry 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 always wore the clothes of his dead sister.
Hijikata also said, "I thirst to be a handicapped, 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.
1. In "Words and Things" (1960), Michel Foucault predicted "the
death of the human," which is the idea that the human will disappear
when an alternative type of intelligence is found. He meant that the human-centred
thinking of modern wester 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." A rhizome can connect freely to others within
a multi-dimensional world. It is the opposite concept as that of the "Tree,"
which has a pyramid-shaped hierarchy. "Mille Plateaux" 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.
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 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 recover this. He is going to establish a research
centre of art and anthropology in Japan.
Subbody butoh Opens an art of tree=rhizome
I can show the perspective of total vision in the following pictures:
The picture of the left shows modern intelligence, which is bound by the
consensus reality of a three-dimensional world.
All schools and mass communications hide the most important truth
No school in the world teaches the possibility of a new fluid intelligence
and the art of a creative life, which are the most important findings in
the past fifty years.
Throw off the old style intelligence.
Throw out the state.
Dive into Butoh with your whole self.
Become a rhizome.
Become a secret.
The biggest secret hidden by schools and other forms of mass communication is the fact that we can become a new creative being that streams in the multi-dimensional world.
|Tatsumi Hijikata 1972
(from 16mm movie by K. Outida)
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