After performing own solo and cobody piece, Natasja and Gio created a duet
piece; named "Rhizome".
We have researched how to take off all conditions of Human, including Ego
and Self for one year.
And we slowly transformed to Rhizome=Nomad=Plateaux.
They are manifold which has many entrance and exit, flexibile transformation
with separating and connecting.
Natasja and Gio tried to experiment for becoming Rhizome.
They seemed enjoying the experiment of carrying density, jumping wild and
rsearch novel relationship beyond human.
During this festival, every one's creation infected each other beyond the
border of individual and group, developed their creativity extremely.
Only through free resonance without any restriction against Life, its infinite
potentiality can be unfolded. In this Festival which over twenty subbodies
and cobodies has been born, the infinite explosion of creativity and originality
happened to start with multi-dimensional resonance, though it is just the
beginning of it.
It was felt as if the 'Superconductivity of Creativity" which any
resistance disappeared and all qualia could resonate flexiblly.
A new conglomerate of Rhizome=Nomad=Plateaux was born at Himalaya.
Next year, fortunately, many of dancers will remain here as co-researcher
for deepning creation and midwife. Each one will dig own tonnel toward
the behind world, nightmare, trauma, necessity, and abyss. By sharing all
of work together beyond borders of daily body, an ideal condition for developing
infinite creativity of Life will be unfolded.
That is what I want to realize for long year.
We are reaching at the place just in front of door.
from Sweden-Denmark danced a Nightmare of the Family and the World.
meets with multi-dimensional misfortunes.
Life cannot choose one's parent, nor sex, nor nationality.
Life which was struck by the pressure of family, society, sexual abuse, incest
taboo, trap, various unhappiness in the world, has to hidden in the depth of
darkness of body.
cannot take care of them properly enough.
the environment which her Life was born.
worldwide misfortunes of sexual violence, environmental disruption, ecocide,
war, and so on, struck her Life as a multi-dimensional pressure, and shut her
subbody in the depth of the darkness of body.
various dancing place of body tried to do 'reverse twist' against these
multiple forces, and change them to a creation.
Flower of butoh come out through the struggle against the Mystery and Secret.
a green costume, maybe it was a symbol of fragile Life, the cosmic birth, the
natural life we all originate from, but are already enslaved as we are forced
to enter the human condition. She projected various world misfortune of raped
body, killed body, ecocide, and green field. She danced with wearing all of
them on her skin.
strange scene which she was bound by father/lover/animus/inside masculine
personality with being caressing, and became a boxed body, was a Flower and key
Secret of this piece.
audience might receive them just a strange chaos.
non-dual chaos which multi-dimensional qualia come together and muddled as
oneness is the reality of Life.
tried to this hardship. It will take time to complete this piece. What is
completion? Nobody knows.
theme is unavoidable for everybody who wants to create the Butoh of Life.
born at wealthy family, and with full of love and brought up in affluent
circumstances, dressed with pretty cloths, learned traditional Indian dance,
educated modern intelligence and knowledge.
we call it "A girl raised in a box", though it becomes so rare today.
subbody noticed that she is in a box, what was believed as oneself is like a
first semester, also she danced this feeling in her self history.
walking as Kugutsu body, when she faced a mirror, Her Life gushed out with
howling wild voice.
strange subbodies which endured in the darkness of body for long years came out
one after another.
audience surprised, shocked and left. They could not stay, because also their
hidden bodies resonated and started breathing.
explosion was so strong at this day that all Life of audience resonated and was
skins as a doll was coming loose and falling from her body in her every move.
Traditional Indian dance technique which can control various part of body
precisely which she learned transformed into Butoh technique.
All of her property became oneness and crystelized as her novel creation.
Her kidney and liver ran into other part of body and started dancing with
taking off old skins and cloths.
All of us
who were watching was moved deeply by the force of Life.Nobody has not seen the dance spouts out from the bottom of guts.
Today is the commemorative day which the first Indian Butoh dancer was
born in twelve years history at Himalaya. It's a big pleasant harvest.
Ikuko from Japan, who continued subbody training for ten years,
has succesfully transformed to 'Igu Iwabuchi' as a butoh dancer and midwife
Everything which she investigated in her darkness of body is crystalized as this one hour butoh piece.
A proto body movement which crawls on the floor like a maggot,
eating flesh of human, killing others, an atrocious event about childbirth, killing baby, transforming a demon, lion dance---, all of these are gigged out from her body, deepened and corrected for many years.
Now those are integrated into oneness as only one Flower, Secret, and Mystery.
She is always attacked by extreme nightmares which she kills others, or
being killed, eating flesh of human, throwing away baby, and so on.
She endured these edge qualia and succesfully twisted them as an unique
Creation is always 'Reverse twist of edge qualia' by Life.
I have watched these hard process for thes years.
It took time for ten years.
Yet, it need much more long time to complete it.
It is just a new born baby of subbody.
A baby of subbody has to grow up through repeating performances at various
Igu will perform at Bangkok Butoh Festival in Dcember, and return her hometowm
to make a new practice place and a butoh group.
Already an encounter happened with a young guy who is shaked by her butoh.
He is from Tohoku which is the same prefecture as her.
A baby of subbody is growing up through being performed at various place,
and being watched by various eyes.
It increases number of demensions of resonance,
and grows up to a multi-dimansional and non-dual Butoh of Life.
It will be a long life sword friend and master of life who will give her
so important suggestion and awareness.
Finally, Igu got it.
Today is the middle day of two weeks Festival.
We invited Indian families from village.
Ten years ago, when I started living here, a lot of kids visit my cottage
and played together everyday..
I dreamed to involve them into butoh dance. But I could not.
After 10 years, Natasja started to try it.
Natasja continued Kid's workshop every Sunday in Autumn.
Kids are natural subbody and cobody, but they have another process from
adult. I have to concentrate on adult, then I have almost given up. she
could open it well slowly and naturally, though only beginning.
Today it's became a Kid's Festival.
They created each mask by drawing, enjoy 'Origami (Japanese paper craft)'
and danced together wearing it.
These trials are important in the process to spread Life Resonance in each
Please try to invent your own way with opening various channels; drawing,
singing, dancing, laughing, playing and so on, into various ages, sexes,
topics at your place.
Multi dimensional resonance will become oneness someday.
from Colombia is the fouth time to Himalaya.
first time, she danced her nightmare which she is shot by terolist's gun and
second year, she continued it and completed it.
After then she quited her work as an archetect, and started travelling
Middle South America.
Maybe it was a journey to research who am I, where am I from. She sunk
under the water in Mrxico, learn Watsu (water-shatsu), contact improvisation
and various Indio cultures.
year, she brought Amazon to Himalaya.
"Abyss of Womb", the water of Middle-South American Indio spirits is
this year she started singing an unique Indio voice which is like
spitting.And the voice involved her into the deep culture of ancestral Abyss.
We can feel struggling fetus, sweet healing in the womb, wisper of ancester,
spirits of water, various art in the forest, and life memories during fetus age are echoing.
She erased the border between this world and behind world of her.
And transforming to contemporary shaman by wearing magical techniques of
behind world. Always we are surprised at her piece which has a magical
structure as if Time/Space machine. She can design a strange structure
beyond time/space. Hall connect to tropical forest, womb, under water,
cave, space shuttle and so on. Her career as architect is integrated in
Her travel will continue. She has to continue to deepen this piece with
creating various structures by her time/space machine. And a novel 'Butoh
of Life' which connects to ancestral culture will be born from there.
It was also my boundless dream to resonate with Aborigines people in the
world, though I couldn't visit the Amazon nor Aborigine. We are resonating
in the non-dual Abyss of Womb beyond any borders.
Gio from Korea guided face workshop, in the morning.
It was her first Butoh workshop.
She guided us to show various face each other with face to face position,
started from simple anger face or sad face, and proceed to complicated
face; half of face is angry, the other half is laughing, and so on.
Finally, 'Chimera face' ; half is baby face, the other half is mother's
And, she guided us to show one's life by face dance.
Each participant showed one's history which is hidden behind the persona
for daily life. We shared each hidden face together.
Next, she showed us a slideshow of Cambodian people's pictures killed by
Porpoto group which is exhbited at Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide in Cambodia
"They took picture"
And many pictures of Cambodian killed people.
She said, "What is the face before killed?"
"Today we will dance it."
"Dancer will invite you on the stage. Please dance together with us."
In the theater, people's pictures were projected on the black curtain.
Dancers who showed their face between curtain came uot from the picture
and walked to the last moment of killing feild.
What face does the Life show at the last moment?
Dancers who have learned 'the Art of Shisha' for one year, became the medium
of Shisha(=the spirit of the dead) and danced.
The Shisha came out from the other world behind the picture as dancer's
The kiiled people were the same generation with me. Young generation dancers
were danced as them.
I couldn't stop to tear.
And dancers approached to audience to invite dancing together.
All people who were invited entered the stage and danced without any hesitation.
Even a Tibettan Buddhist nan who is inhibited to dance strictly entered
Life couldn't stop resonance beyond the daily rule.
A dreamy world as if Shisha started dancing with borrowing dancer's body
appeared in the theater.
This dance erased the border between the Shisha's world and this world.
Not only it, but also it erased the border between dancers and audience.
Absolute Life resonance occured and eraced the borders.
It was my deepest dream for long years, but I couldn't tell the others
Gio did it instead of me.
I could see the dream was realized miraculously.
It happens sometimes in the life.
Today is my dead mother's 86th birthday.
It became the big present for my mother who had extreme resonant nature
beyond Death and Life.
Thank you Gio and all students!
Natasja from Holland integrated all her travel of the darkness fo body
for one year into one hour and half piece. It has 45 minutes cobody=group
part; "Life in Transition" and 45 minutes subbody solo part;
"Zoe", both parts are connected into oneness.
She guided people with each way of transition, and let various strange
She already created one hour solo in the first semester with using method
of jumping wild and carrying density. She deepened her subbody beyond sexual
identity, she met male subbody in her darkness of body. She atarted solo
as male body with penis, and changed to female, finally maybe no sexual
Zoe is a symbol name of "Freedom of Inspiration and Healing".
Totally she could integrate subbody and cobody world as oneness.
It took for one year. Still she will continue to work about this for long
I am happy to see that each student grew up as strong choreographer and
flexible resonance dancer. But, we don't stop here.
In the contemporary dance world, dancer and choredgrapher are bound by
hierarchic system which only one choreographer directs choreograph, and
dancers have to follow it. I know that all contemporary dancers nature
is pretty rhizome, but not enough yet. We need to be released from all
hierarchic system, and be rhizome without any binds. In the Life world,
there is no hierarchy. It belongs Human world. Life just resonates with
The real revolution for infinite creativity of Life has just begun.
Four short course students, Monika(Hungary), Carmen(Germany), Noah(Holland),
Chico(Brazil) started first performance of Festival.
Subbody need for one year to grow up to a Fetus.
Now ten long student's subbodies are going to be born as a baby.
For only one month their subbodies are just Embryo.
Their subbodiies are just learning how to survive by inoccent movement
in the darkness of body.
Please watch how their subbody and cobody will grow up through the Festival.
It must richest experience which pass through ten workshops, twenty performances
and cobody experiences by body.
Monika from Hungary had joined Subbody workshop at Budapest 9 years ago. To meet old friend is one of the happiest thing in life. Especially, she could show us that she continued to dig the darkness of body for these years. I was so happy to know that the seed which was planted long years before, is growing up.
Well, from tomorrow, the fetuses which traveled for one year in the darkness
will be born as a baby of subbody and cobody.
You must understand why we need at least for one year to sink into the
darkness of body. We need at least twenty different subbodies to integrate
as one hour solo dance. They are still Fetus or Baby, but very flexible
We call it Rhizome,Nomad, or Plateaux.
Hijikata called it Hoopee or Shisha.
Anyway they are transparent.
It's pity that any photograph cannot catch it.
Kats integrated all subbodies which met during these years into this one
hour piece. He is the third times Himalaya during these several years.
Normally, I skech all movement of students and give short advice, but Kats
said, "Don't write, don't say any thing, just see it without word".
Then I am released from daily work as a midwife, I could enjoy his performance.
With watching various feeling comes up.
One of them is "Why do we dance?"
Kats's subbodies shows so many tendencies in the darkness of body.
Each of them seemed to try to go out and find new way of living from his
daily body and mind.
Kats's physical body is male, but his inner spirit is female.
In his first part of female body, his subbody is struggling between his
only one physical body and other tendencies of gender and sex.
But not only sexuality, his subbodies proceeded to transform into so many
variations of Hidden body, Proto body, Kugutsu body, Vaprized body, Animal
body, Chimera body, and Possessed body, one after another.
"Hey, How far do you want to go?"
I asked to his subbody, it replyed to me,
" Beyond far away from Human!"
His subbodies seemed to be possessed by strong pathos to go as far as possible
beyond the limit of Human.
His subbodies tried to escape from his indentity, sexuality, nationality,
personality, physicality and so on, including humanity, as if all of <-ity>
are enemy to bind us in the limitation.
Life doesn't want to be bound by all of those property of our daily body.
"Calabi-Yau Fetus" tried to take off all of mental and physical
cloths of human life.
It cannot stop transforming until to reach the infinite Abyss. The travel
entered into String realm where minimum sized Strings are resonating in
extra eleven dimensional world.
We may get the maximum freedom there.
How can we find novel principle of Beauty in that completely different
Gio from Korea has completed her subbody and cobody at once today.
In the process of creation, it happens that everything becomes one at a
stroke. Mind, body, technique including makeup and costume were integrated
in short order.
The title of her cobody was "Face Carnival". The title let me guess some funny face work. But she showed pictures of holocaust at Auschwitz and Cambodia. And she introduced pictures of Cambodian people which were shot before killed. She saw them at a museum of Holocaust in Pnompen.
And she guided to dance the various faces before killed.
Students followed and danced by her guide.
After that she showed her subbody solo.
I have no word about it.
I can say just I encountered the moment of the birth of a butoh dancer.
My Life was shivered deeply.
A big clapping ocured naturally after the performance.
It was exceptional happening in the practice place.
A real completion of creation makes everybody happy.
Pilar from Colombia is the fourth time to Himalaya.
She continue long travel in the darkness of body.
During it, she met a nightmare which is shot by terorist,
Shamanic voice of Indio, trasparent underwater world, and abyss of womb.
She was not delivered through mother's vagina because she was born by Cesarean
section. That's why she sticks to the experience of delivery. In this Summer
she met her mother in India and heard about the circomestance of her birth.
Slowly all of the experiences are coming together and are going to be integrated
Today she guide the others in her special world which was a smal darkness
of the hall, Stuffed Spring, Hot Spring, Mud on the skin, and fire.
All students travel through ten defferent worlds which each student guides.
And the subbodies which was born during last week will be trained and grow
The last stage of creation is on going.
Yesterday was 111111--It became a special day to remember as the biggest
harvest day in Himalaya.
After one year research in the darkness of body, students integrate all
experiences, experiments and encounters into a creation.
Almost students could integrate it into one hour solo dance.
I have no word about it, you can see only picture, but even through the
picture, you must feel how deep Flowers, Secrets and Mysteries are come
One of the biggest Harvest day it was, during these ten years in Himalaya.
It will be remembered forever.
But they are just still fetuses. They have to be grown up throuhg coming
experiences to dance many times at various places, in the various ocnditions.
Then slowly they will grow u as an adalt Butoh peices. It has just started.
The Resonance net will give them an ideal condition to grow up.
Bo and Syv who were students of the first semester of this year are opening
various chances of performances and workshops at Bangkok, Pathaya, and
Some of students including Ikuko and gessuri will move there and collaborate
with them. Rhzome dancers become Nomad and by gathering together they generate