To open anatomical transparent eyes for the darkness of body help us to
transform weakened body.
Our daily bodies are bound by rough and large movement by using big surface
muscles. Also normal dance, sports are bound by the same rough and large
But we have deep layer muscles under these surface large muscles.
They are not straight but spiral, and connect bones beyond plural joints.
They are forgotten by daily body and dissociated into unconscious realm.
I call it "Hidden muscle".
We need to inhibit the gross daily body which is bound by only large surface
muscles at first.
Then we can listen to the subtle signal by transparent eye for subbody which is
connected to hidden muscle and hidden qualia.
open another dimensions which does not exist in daily world with using hidden
muscles and hidden qualia is one of the essences of butoh technique.
Hidden muscles in spine and body
When we remove large surface muscles like a large back muscles, chest muscles
and stomach muscles, the longest straight spine muscle appears.
fig 1 Middle layer muscle of the back
This muscle is used to keep body straight with using bottom muscles together.
When we change the degree of contraction of then, we can control the
flexibility of the body.
For the meditation and Zen sitting we control them in medium degree of
For transforming stone or puppet, we contract them in maximum degree.
When we release them in each degree, we can transform from solid body to liqiud
body and vaporized body according to the degree.
When we remove the longest spine muscle, we can find tiny muscles which connect
each spine in different dimmensions( fig2).
fig 2: deep layer muscle of the back
We use these hidden muscles to transform weakened body.
The skull and each neck spine bones, collar bones, shoulder blades are
connected by many tiny hidden muscles in different directions; straight, diagonal
and spiral (fig3).
fig 3 Between skull and neck
The spine and pelvis and leg bones are connected by psoas major which is the
biggest hidden muscle.(fig 4)
fig 4: Psoas major
Normally we use psoas to bend body, and to raise leg forward.
We inhibit these big movements of psoas, we just contract psoas a little for
shortening leg and subtle swaying.
Hidden muscles of legs and arms
of hidden muscles run trans plural joints and connects bones apart spirally.
we stop surface muscles and use the hidden muscles, a strange movement which
does not exist in daily human world appears.
making by head, but following subbodies which live in the darkness of body.
have their own qualia, image, timing, rhythm, we just follow them, and we can
sink down another dimension.
fig 5: lower leg
fig 6: forearm
Daily body can control only large and rough muscle; big hip muscle, long thigh
muscle, hamstrings, and so on.
We need them for daily movement and sports, all kinds of dance, but for
weakened butoh we start to inhibit the rough and large movements, then we can
meet subtle hidden qualia which are folded in the hidden muscles.
When we control them in contraction and release independently, we can transform
any kinds of hidden bodies; not-me body, proto bodies, puppet body, humanoid
body and weakened body which is swaying between death and life.
Long process to become butoh body
To transform weakened body, we need both of long training to listen to the
subtle qualia of darkness of body, and to be able to control subtle swaying of
each part of body in different dimensions by using hidden muscles.
It takes long time.
Tatsumi Hijikata also needed for five years after the legendary aggressive performance of "Nikutai no hanran"
(The rebellion of body, 1968, Japan), to transform the weakened body which die
down all gross movement of dance he learned, and completed the weakened body
Start from a training for controlling each hidden muscle independently.
stage is the trans joints movements with becoming another being in different
Always aware of subtle hidden qualia which are folded in hidden muscles, hidden
joints, hidden cavities, and hidden skins by opening transparent mind, then you
can transform another being which lives in different dimensions.
hidden qualia which are folded in your hidden part of body and subtle hidden
movement become oneness, the weakened body butoh begins from there.
Take off all conditions as a human.
Become an unknown being swaying between this world and another world.
Look at this living world by dead eyes from another worldB