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Rhizoming 4 Hidden muscles

 

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 movements.
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.

To 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).


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 contraction.
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

 

Most of hidden muscles run trans plural joints and connects bones apart spirally.

When we stop surface muscles and use the hidden muscles, a strange movement which does not exist in daily human world appears.

Not making by head, but following subbodies which live in the darkness of body.

Subbodies 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 butoh.

Start from a training for controlling each hidden muscle independently.

Next stage is the trans joints movements with becoming another being in different dimensions.
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.

When 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 worldB




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