Weekend, Batash and cobody co-created a nightnare theater which was changed
from swaying in the nice dream to a nightmare which is eaten up by the
Yes, all of us have experienced of the dreams to be attacked, invaded, and eaten by the world.
We, Butoh dancer have to receive so many kinds of attacks, tricks, traps
from the world, eaten up by the world and repeat to die and reborn.
This is the deepest learning place to be a transparent body resonating
between death and life.
In the Kangra ruins, we co-created a long dream with Nomad-Rhizoming.
We danced under the strong Indian Sun shine, under the ruins, entangled
by banyan trees, and so on, connected 10 people's dreams one after another.
Fallen from Grace: The Descent (Part 1 of 3) Odile 2014
"Dark feminine"; The relayed issue by taken over
"Dark Feminine" is a deep theme to explore,it has visited an old student, Odile in 2010, then after she has returned to the United States, she completed it into a long Butoh piece, 2014 over 4 years. It concerns not only to women, but also to man, because the archetype of "Dark Feminine" or "Great Mother" have settled for long time in our darkness of body beyond the sexuality.
Exceeding the time, it is taken over by another student of the school.
Because it is the unavoidable issue to release from the binds of archetype and prototype of sexuality, and common illusion of it.
Acctuall, we have to reach to the non-dual horizon which it becomes not important whether dark or bright, female or male, and me or not-me.
Students sink into the abyss of life, and research each own qualia by various
way, and guide into it each other in this month.
The travel is full of mysteries, we cannot expect whatever will happen.
Odile met "Dark Feminine" in the travel into her abyss.
She said " I noticed that I don't know anything now."
She has to deconstruct her peice which she constructed until then at all.
One of the symbol of it is "Ereshkigal", a Mesopotaminan goddess
who lives in the underground. She has a sister Inanna who lives in the
Inanna is a goddes of Love, War, and Fertility. Ereshkigal is a goddess
who can control the power of the dead.
Inanna did the descent of the underground passing seven gates with lost
clothing, and the ascension.
(For more info; Crick here)
Odile quated a word "Myth is the mirror of the Soul, and guided us
into her abyss.
I also traveled together and encountered unexpected big edge.
My own travel is written at "Sink into the darkness"
To share each one's abyss brings us into deeper awareness which we could
not notice by alone. The travels of students resonates and deepens each
Because the travel into the Abyss is to enter the non-dual realm of life
which the boundary between self and others disappears.
In the abyss of life, there are no copy rights.
We share deep mysteries and secrets which are folded in the each abyss
of body, these diverse fertility brings each one's flowers infinitely.
The more diversity of mystery and secret suport the richer hervest of flowers.
This is the most important stage of the life resonance which we ca nshare
at the last stage of the subbody school. It is million times recher and
deeper in the one year course than the short course. That's why I oriented
to the long term class.
'Dark Feminine' Aia and cobody
18 April, 2015
Art of alter ego of Ramesh
Including the photographer role Ramesh who had hold the subbody resonance
school for many years became sick and not able to work as thousands persons
ability than ever.
But, as if it is too much to fill the place of him, his second daighter, Pitar and third daughter, Shiv came to shoot video and still camera and all of the editing works of video and still images. Just like as the art of alter ego, it has powered up than ever. The video above is the first video editing work of Shiv, it is pretty good for the first time, isn't it? It's fun for future.
This years class is so high level and progressed a lot comparing than ever.
Already long pieces as festival level with co-creation of original cobody
world were born each weekend.
Last week Aia guided us to her 'Dark Feminine' world. We danced in the non-dual chaos in the womb, and transformed into various archtypes;
as the Great mother, monster, fetus or embryo, behind spirit, spider web,
and reborn as novel beings.
'Dark Feminine' is also an old student Odile's main motif of her Life work.
A relay of soul is going on.
It's very profound experiences for each of us to share the other's Mystery
and Secret of Abyss.
We drew subbody Drawing, after transparent subtle body meditation.
And enter each other into other's drawing through various channel. Especiall, it was intersting that we entered with DPW-B (Detail, Part, Whole body and Behind world) method.
All students grew up transparent resonant body. We can use it and resonate
with any arts at any galleries or exibhitions.
It was my resonance practice in my young age.
We are facing to the Neccesity of creation in each unknown Abyss, faster
than usual year. Dancer carries each own Secret and Mystery to find the
timing to shift it to the Flower in each experimental piece. This process
will continue to meet own Necessity of dancing.
We visited the Chatle Himalayan Rock Garden near the school. In the varieties
of land scapes, students research a spacific landscape which resonates strongly with the
constellation (=inner landscape) of the darkness of body.
It was so deep harvests than ever, each student reseach into the limit
of hardships and danced on the edge. It became a Heartbreak theater for
watching as an audience.
Now we will cntinue the Quest toward the each Abyss (=bottomless depth).
"The Beauty is based on the Life Resonance"---
although this was an strong premonition long years, I could not have confidence,
then it was only as a hypothesis till now.
Is the essence of beauty is based on the Life Resonance, or not?
But, in the fourth week of March, Gio, Anneri, Sebastian and Jaime, four
long-term student, did an experimental performance to share an extra slow
It was by applying the technique of <Reduction by X and regeneration> of Tatsumi Hijikata.
They reduced the speed of movement extremely and continued dancing 40 minutes experimentally.
Each movement was probably left to each and just listened to the subtle resonance.
It was felt for me as a proof of the hypothesis that is "Beauty is in Resonance".
What is this exactly? I asked myself with.
It was just the resonance with the speed.
And added on it, it is not just a resonance.
It was resonance with the qualia of reduction by X, which reduced a qualia from common human being.
The resonance with the qualia of weakness might hit the heart.
<Life resonance with the qualia of reduction by X> is the essence of Weakened body Butoh of Tatsumi Hijikata.
Simply saying, it is non-dual Life resonance with sick people, disabled people, crazy people and the dead people untill being merged into them.
Life resonance to all those negative factors,
was crystallized in one word of <Reduction by X>.
Unexpectedly in March of this year, we were able to come up far than usual.
All students are earnestly facing to the "sick Dancing Princess" and researching each own experiences to be eaten by the invisible world.
April course will be standing on this, we are able to proceed to novel experiment of Life resonance.
We will try to find each own <Qualia of being eaten by the world>
<Qualia of reduction by X>,
<Qualia of Weakened>
<Qualia of Resonance with disability>
and resonate with all of them together.
What Beauty of Resonance would be generated by
It will be unprecedented experiment for the Quest of novel beauty.
The mystery why was this school named "Resonance Butoh School" which was not clear for me, might be approaching the time to open.
Jaime danced our friend Ankur.
He is now attacked by the remained big power of Indian Caste system and trapped for many months.
Jaime resonated with the whole tragedy.
Ankur and Jaime were students of same semester, and danced together a lot.
'Ankoku' means 'Black and Dark' as 'Ankoku Butoh'.
We will continue to dance until all the Hierarchy (=Tree) system which trapped us in the long human history, shall be vanished.
I hope all the old students may resonate with Ankur and help him.
Become a Secret!
Untill all the borders and powers shall be disappeared.
The depth of dance is depend on the numbers of invisible dimensions which it resonates with as the 'Behind worlds".
Whether dancing solo or in herd, performance that is not listening to the invisible signs of the 'Multiple Behind World' is poor and cold.
Because it is in possession by the biggest modern archetype of ego as the illusion of 'self-expression'.
Butoh of Life is not such a small thing.
To listen to the faint but infinite signs of multidimensional Life Resonance and dance them. it is "Butoh of Life".
How can we do train it?
This year's Subbody Resonance Butoh School have got the methods of it clearly and will go straight.
It was discovered and polished in the India Rhizoming tour of this winter.
We have been practice a number of new techniques from the beginning.
How to turn off the ego, and to stop thinking and judgement, I am showing all of them through my every day's movement, because by word, it is not possible.
Fortunately, from this year Gio and me will guide the class as the midwife half and half. Half of the time I guide as the midwife and half Gio will do it. I can move as a dancer again after a decade absence.
It is so happy to be dancer again, though the time to be remained will be short.
Please steal everything from my spontaneous movement during I am dancing.
I find so many novel techniques and methods through dancing everyday than before. But a new problem happened. When I dance full time everyday, most of new findings are only to show through the body movement, it is difficult to describe by words and I have no time to write them because of fatigue out.
Sorry for the readers, the article will be decreased than ever this year.
If you want to learn it really, just come to Himalaya!
India Rhizoming tour brought so many unexpected harvests.
The most unexpectd one is what I could become myself again, or what I was
reborn again. And many novel methods were found out. Many new projects
were generated. All of them will become new contents of the Subbody Resonance
Butoh School 2015 and our multi-layered new activities.