The Butoh ――A dedication to Tatsumi Hijikata
 Part 3
Sick Dancing Princess of 21th Century



Chapter 303
How to get the clouding body


The method of "clouding the body" is the essense of the basics of butoh.
It is a technique for the body regulating butoh body.
So, how can we learn the method?

We can get it by just following his word by body without thinking and suspicion.
When you hear what someone said, just accept it. and Become it by your whole body. This is the method of bodily reading of this book. Then this book turns to the butoh score as the real practice menu for you.


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1 The method of clouding* the body]

* obscuring,

Hey look at!
Insects are alive without breathing.
Look at it, smoke bugs with thinned down waist come walking over here.
They would be a bug in the middle of a reincarnation of something surely.
I've been brought up with
the method of clouding the body, participating in such as observations I were heard.

Because, shrink and attentive of old man who knew the useless of body have been wandering around me.


*Clouding:to obscure

It starts from this sentense. Here is the essence of the Sick Dancing Princess. It shows how different world it is from the contemporary world.
How the Boy Hijikata became Butoh dancer Hijikata? How the all things around him were resonating with the “Behind world”? How his special method were brought up in a specific atmosphere?It was an animistic world which is completely different from modern Western world. Other logics are alive there.

In one word, the basic logic of that world is the Resonance of Life.
In that animistic world, all life of creature, various condition of human, the Shisha (=dead), the dead things, and the “Behind Worlds” are resonating equally.

It is the same as your unconscious world exactly.
Just the difference between you(=contemporary human being) and Hijikata is what we dissociate the Life Resonance as the unconsciousness, and Hijikata could keep it in his mind-body carefully.

That’s why we need to stop daily consciousness to enter his world.
Never analyze it by your dualistic intelligence. Never thinking by your head,
On the contrary, it disturb and interfere the Life Resonance rather.
To affirm and accept the subtle Life Resonance which is happening in your darkness of body at any moment.
If you hear a word, accept it as Hijikata.
Never critique, for example, "I don't beleive the re-incarnation."
This "I" is your daily conscious Ego which is bound by the modern common knowledge. It is too narrow to enter the four billions history of Life. Calm down it immediately in every moment when it arises. This "I" is trillions times stronger than the qualia of Life Resonance. We need to calm down and stop our Ego in each moment. Then you can listen to the so subtle qualia of Life Resonance which is happening in your darkness of body.
All of us share the various Archetypes in the deep layer of the unconsciousness. In that realm, everything is able to happen as the same as the ancient Myth, forklore, dream, fantasy, illusion, imagination, and so on.
Even you must feel it very uncomfortable to accept the whole as it happens.

The discomfortable qualia is so-called “Edge qualia”, which your daily ego and self feels against unknown phenomena of Life Resonance in the darkness of body. 

You need to become the same condition as the boy Hijikata to learn the speciality of butoh method.
As the boy Hijikata participated the "Shrink and attentive of old man who knew the useless of body" which have been wandering around him. You need to participate in it as the boy Hijikata.
"The shrink and attentive" was the teacher of "The method to obscure the body" which is the most important body method of butoh. The body method was not only to obscure, but also it shrinks to various "Sick Dancing Princess", "Kan body(=disabled body)" or "Bottom body" which you will learn in the following chapters and spreads to various "Behind worlds" with attentive and transforms to various beings as the "Shisha" in the "Quiet House".
"The principle of participation" is the basic logic and attitude of people in the ancient animistic wolrd and our unconsious world. The principle is able to say in other word as the Life Resonance.

This is the first gate which you have to overcome your edges to enter Hijikata Butoh world.


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[Body reading]

 
Hey look at!
Insects are alive without breathing.

If you hear this. Just follow it by body.
Try to become an insect without breathing.
Maybe you can keep the "Breath of bug" which is the subtlest breathing.
Becoming it by whole body immediately, this is the body reading.

Look at it, smoke bugs with thinned down waist come walking over here.

Become the smoke bugs; a swarm of vaporized body of fairies or moskitos, floating in the space with changing the shape at each moment.

They would be a bug in the middle of a reincarnation of something surely.

Enjoy the state on the way of a reincanation of something.
And when you find a timing, try to transform to another being. Accept this as your usual butoh practice.

I've been brought up with
the method of clouding the body, participating in such as observations I were heard.

Clouding: Obscure your consciousness and become subbody mode. There are infinite ways to enter the tunneles of clouding the body. There are many degrees of clouding.
At first try the next four ways.

Fading: Fade down your consciousness at each moment deeper and deeper, and sway inbetween asleep and awake. This is the best condition of clounding body.

Dreaming: If some part of your body remember a dream or acctivate imagination, just follow it. Amplify it by whole body-mind-brain.

Slowing: Slow down your movement as possible as slow. And Listen to various subtle qualia at various parts of body.

Miniaturizing: Swaying and vibration will be added in the slowing movement flexiblly. Segment them into small pieces, and try to miniatuarize them into minimum level.


(Continue to the next box...)


Because, shrink and attentive of old man who knew the useless of body have been wandering around me.


Become these old man with shrinking and spreading the attentive for various behind worlds. This old man is one of the most important teacher of butoh body.

 
Sotai Breathing

Stretch a part of your body with breathing out.
At the maximum point, breathe in and hold for several seconds. And drop down with breathing out.
Practice this for ten to twenty minutes at your various part of your body.


Srinking and Multi-resonance

Shrink and attentive of old man who knew the useless of body

Continue the shrinking and spreading as a movement, and listen to the behind world. Become the old man who knew the useless of body. And Open your hidden skin.
"Shrink" means to become a minimum body which is the Kan body or Bottom body by pressing by the world in different ways. And "Attentive" means to concern with all kinds of behind world. Not only daily world, but resonating with all kinds of behind world including the archetypes of the world images.
With fear or shivering qualia, resonate with various behind worlds. And expand your imaginary body till the world size. Become the vaporized body. Become the whereabouts. When you catch another qualia, your body will start shrinking in another ways.

Always be aware of other dimensions which Life is resonating. Keep listening to subtler qaulia than ever. Every moment, explore the subtler qualia in the various behind worlds.
Set this as your daily practice menu.

This is a day-to-day training as a butoh dancer.
We will continue body reading of "Sick Dancing Princess".
Deepen and divertify the clouding the body with reading line by line.
Judgment and analysis is more harm than good.
If you do not understand, become into something you do not know.
I it is very important what we do not understand.
It is the essence of the method of clouding the body.




To read about "What is Qualia?" Crick here.

※ To read about "What is Resonance?" Crick here.

※ To read about "What is Edge?" Crick here.


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