|"Quiet House" Tatsumi Hijikata 1974|
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 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."
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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