June 2011

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Himalaya Butoh Festival #2, 2011

21 June, 2011

Loves Shadow/ Eleanor

Eldest studetns, Eleanor from Australia started performance of the Festival.
She is so energetic, I couldn't beleive that she is five years elder than me.

When we survive over sixty years, qualia of the past become strong as qualia of present or stronger than present qualia. I didn't know this fact until I become over sixty actually.
My grand mother who died at 90 years old, was floating for 90% time of a day in her illusion of past qualia.

Maybe the following fomula is worth to understand what happens in life of old age.

Percent of illusious qualia of a life= number of the real age /100

I am 62 years old. My life is resonating 62% with illusious qualia. Eleanor's life is resonating 67% with dead's or past qualia. This formula is seemed so rough, but very important to understand the aging.
It may be unable to understand about this fact of life untill we really become over sixty years old.
Eleanor might live in love with many family, her life is strongly resonating with the qualia of love. I can understand the reality of those life resonance.
She inlayed four dancers as a two dimensional poster of picture of her family on the wall.
She used Hijikata's method of "Reduction by X and regeneration" which transform flexiblly between 2 dimensional picture and 3 dimensional being, and she created a piece which come and go between illusious world and real world, between death and life.
Another scene is her grandfather's last erection which is imprinted in her memory strongly. Kats became the favourite prostitute of grandfather.
Those are the impressed qualia on her life.
She could dance almost of various archetypes who lived in the darkness of body; shadow, animus, great mother, girl, son, trickstar, and so on.
They are needed to be danced for long years.
"What do you want to do the most?" She continued to ask her life, and her life responsed these double world structure swaying between death and life, between illusion and real.
This doubleness is one of the deepest Mystery or Numinousness of life and qualia. That's why we have to investigate in it unavoidably for solving the secret of life. Zeami who was a originator of Japanese Noh dance, Ancient Greece tragedy, Shakespeare, Hijikata continued to try it beyond the times.

Another unexpected intersting thing happened at the night theater in Summer of India.
So many bugs came to fly toward the strong stage light, and continued crawling on the body of audience. Everybody was faced to experience the real Bugs walk here.
Though it disturbed to concentrate on watching, it was so interesting to see audience transformed butoh dancer inevitablly.

Bugs walk

1. A bug is crawling on the back of your right hand,
2. A second bug is crawling down from your left side of your neck to your back,
3. A third bug is crawling up along your inner thigh,
4. A fourth bug is crawling down from your left shoulder to your chest,
5. A fifth bug …   Ah, where is it?
6. You're so itchy, here and there. You can’t stand still. 
You're pushed away from here by itchiness.
.....




19 June, 2011

Butoh prade hit Himalaya!

Second International Butoh Festival Himalaya has started


The second international Butoh Festival Himalaya has started. Students did a parade, butoh photo exhbition, street performance, butoh movie theater and so on.
Mcleod ganj, a small town on the mountainside of Himalaya in the monsoon was hit and shaked by untimely strange events.

From tomorrow, a workshop and two butoh performances will be held in each day for two weeks.
How can we open this subtle life resonance toward the world?




18 June, 2011

Toward Transparent body

Today, the second international Butoh Festival Himalaya starts from Butoh Photo exhbition and video theater.
All students co-create the festival, 24 butoh perofrmances, 10 open workshops, photo exhbitions, movie theater, parade, installation, Ning Tob Ling and so on.
Through these process we will learn so many things. Especially, one thing becomes clear that the necessity of life resonance from the depth. When we could resonate from the depth of life we can co-create eleven world as Life.
Otherwise co-creation change to role-playing theater. If we use too much explanation by words, or too much physical practice, it accelerate other's daily mind and body, it is too rough and too gross for subtle life resonance.
At the last stage of co-cration, we need absolute subte resonance. For this we leaned the importance of Abyss conditioning. We take off our Ego and Self, then become Life. It has transparent body. We pass through eleven differnt worlds as a "Shisha( the dead) with transforming into various being; bug, fish, animal, bird, ameba, stone, ghost, monster, chimera, archtype, whereabouts and so on.

“Shisha transform their shapes quietly yet infinitely. It is not rare that they borrow the shapes of things on the earth with unexpected nonchalance.”
(Quiet House)

I investigated in Transparent body for these twenty years, finnaly we get the place where we can be it. Transparent body and Shishais is the same.


 

透明体へ

20116月18


透明体とはなにか。
わたしはからだの闇に潜り、20年間それを追求してきた。
人があらゆる桎梏を脱ぎもっともピュアな生命そのものになるとはどういうことか。
透明体はわたしにとって究極の理想の舞踏体であった。
透明なからだとはどういうものかも、
どうすれば透明なからだになることができるのかも、まったく未知の謎だった。
なぜ自分がそれほどまでに透明になりたいと願うのかも不明だった。
ただ抑えきれない激しい希求だけがあった。
わたしは20年間それを握りしめて手放さないでいた。
というより「透明体」とい謎がわたしを鷲掴みにして放してくれなかったという方が近い。
おそらくそれはわたしの生命の、あるいは生命そのものの
もっとも深い謎につながっているに違いなかった。
20年の間にすこしずつ分かってきたことは、
どうやら、たったひとりでは透明体になれないということだった。
ひとりでどこまで踊ってもサブボディにはみな小さな自我や自己が潜んでいる。
サブボディとコーボディの間の混沌に満ちた闇の中に手がかりがあるかもしれないということに
すこしずつ気づいてきた。
今年はとりわけ3月から生命の呼吸、自由共振を通じてコーボディ坑道を掘り進めてきた。
そして、突然、今年の舞踏祭の世界共創のなかに、
透明体になる場がぽっかりと生まれていることに気づいた。
これまでも紹介したとおり、今年の舞踏祭では
11人の生徒が見つけた独自の踊りの世界に
他の生徒を招き入れる。
しかも、その世界の持つもっとも深いクオリアである深淵世界へ。
生命と生命は表層の言葉で通じ合うのではない。
深淵で起こる生命の震えを共振することで深く分かり合える。
世界共創において深淵をシェアする調体がことの外重要になるのはそのためだ。
それがなければ単に頭で理解した役割を演じることに終わる。

生徒は全員が11の異なる世界を共創しながら広大な闇の旅を続けることになる。
そのさまざまな異界の旅の中では機に応じて、虫になったり獣になったり、石と化物のキメラになったり、
亡霊になったり死者の写真になったり、無限に変容に次ぐ変容を遂げなければならない。
この十界共創の旅を通じて、
生死の間で起こるありとあらゆるものを踊ることになる。
これは死者になる鍛錬の旅なのだ。
そして、ここに来てはじめて深い気づきが立ち上がってきた。
土方のいう死者こそがわたしが20年間追い求めていた透明体そのものだったのだ。

「死者は静かにしかし限りなくその姿を変えるのだ。
死者は地上のものの形をほんのふとした何気なさで借用することも珍しくない」
(静かな家 第二節)

そうなのだ。
生徒たちは今、自我や自己を脱いで、人間の殻を脱いで
虫けらや石や空気になって、キメラや巣や行方になって、
音や沈黙や光や闇になって、
無限に変容流動しながら11の異世界を通り抜けている。
2週間で24公演と10ワークショップをはじめとするもろもろの催し。
この千日回行にも匹敵するきつい道行を通り抜ければ
透明体に一歩近づくことができる。
ヒマラヤ舞踏祭とは、透明体への変成の場所なのだ。
わたしたちは20年かけてそういう場所にとうとうたどり着いたことになる。
自分がもっとも行きたいと希求し続けていた場所へ、
生徒たちを導けたことはこの上ない喜びだ。
あとはこれからどこまでこの世界を世界に開くことができるか、だ。


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18 June, 2011

Passing through eleven worlds

Today, we finished last rehearsal for the second butoh festival.
Students created eleven different butoh worlds, and all students co-created them. Each world is totally different, from Heaven to Hell, dead world to dream world, Nightmare to Utopia.
And each student pass through eleven different worlds with becoming bug, animal, fish, stone, spirit, goblin,vapor, shisha, wherabout, and so many nameless beings.

“Shisha transform their shapes quietly yet infinitely. It is not rare that they borrow the shapes of things on the earth with unexpected nonchalance.”
(Quiet House)

When we passed through these processes, we will approach to the Shisha though only one small step.


Tomorrow, the second international Butoh Festival Himalaya starts.



15 June, 2011

From the bottomless fear / Ikuko

Bottomeless fear--Ikuko has experienced it at the East Japan Big earthquake and tsunami. Her house is so close of the focus of the earthquake, she could survive but so many people died and missed in her erea.
The earthquakes continued after the biggest one many times, the wall of her house was broken by the first one and the second one worse.
Ikuko started her rehearsal from telling the reality of the extreme misery at her home place.
All students resonated with it. Her peice was born from the experience of the bottomless fear.
This week we try the "Abyss conditioning" to share the deepst qualia of each subbody and cobody world. Subbody who initiated the piece shift role from initiater and choreographer to midwife to share the abyss with together. We need to take off our Ego and Self at the last stage of creation of Butoh of Life. After the taking off, we can co-create each piece as a life.
It is not easy to accept the necessity of taking off Ego and Self, but students try it to overcome the extreme hardships.
The real process of co-creation starts from here.


(These pictures are taken by Honza)

12 June, 2011

Deepening Flower, Secret and Mystery

Nest week the Festival begins. This week is the last week for co-creation. The structure of 26 peices are almost done through initiating each subbody. The last stage of creation is deepening Flower, Secret and Mystery into non-dual realm of life by all 11 students together. We create 26 butoh peices as life together. We enter the non-dual realm of life where is no boundary between self and others.
Until here each subbody initiated each piece. But now the role of subbody shifts from intiator to midwife to support all cobody to open full creativity in each piece.
Subbody guide cobody into the Abyss of each own behind world. It may be completely unknown chaos where is neither clear orientation nor direction.
It may connect to collective unconsciousness and various archetypes.
Let cobody find novel andunique Flower, Secret and Mystery among this world and behind world.
Everybody can find each own " Peacock of Mr. Yanagida's graden" and inlay Flower, Secret and Mystery in various space and time in every piece. This is real co-creation in the non-dual realm.
We are attacked by infinite dizzyness and shivering here without any orentation.
It is the most exciting place for co-creation as Life. We can become stray nomad in the infinite chaos. It is the very place for us to need to be transparent body. We need to be pure Life.
This is the first time which we can enter this realm in the history of Subbody school.
Nobody knows what will happen.



 
Subbody Butoh Festival Himalaya 2011 Program 

 Butoh Performance  Workshop  Photo and Movie  Parade Instalation

 Fee  Workshop、1day paerformance 100 RS   Whole Festival
 500 RS

Date

Time

Place

Event

Dancer

Fee

(RS)

18

Sat
June

 

15:00

Moon Peak Café

 

 

 Photo Exhibition

and surprise

 

Some

 

Free

 

20:00

Cinemaa1,
Jogiwara Rd

Summer Storm, Hijikata Tatsumi

 

 

Butoh

Movie

 

19

Sun

 

16:00

McLeodGanj

 

 

Street Parade

 

 

Some

Free

 

20:00

Cinemaa1

Beauty and Strength, Kazuo Ohno

 

 

Video

 

20

Mon

 

11:00

Subbody Hall

Exploring the senses

 

 

Workshop  with Natasja

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

 Loves Shadow

 

  Ga-Chou-N

 Shining

in the Darkness

Eleanor

 


Kats D


Jonathan


100

21

Tue

 

11:00

Temple Pool,
Bagsu

 

Holy Water

Live installation,

With Pilar

 

 

Free

18:30

Subbody Hall

Debugging the Fool

 

 Loves Shadow 

Honza

 

 

 

Eleanor

100

22

Wed

 

11:00

Subbody Hall

 

 

Butoh Workshop

Workshop with Kats D

 

 

100

 

15:00

Subbody Hall

Rituals in Wonderland

Pilar

 

 

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

 All is Purple

Akshi

100

23

Thu

 

11:00

Subbody Hall

 Skeleton Consciousness

 

Workshop with Jonathan

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

Afflictions

-a.x.Y.z- -

Natasja

Syv

100

24

Fri

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

 Shining in the Darkness

 

 Mermaid

Jonathan

 

 

Ikuko

100

25

Sat

13:00

Subbody Hall

Body””Music Resonance

Workshop with Isabelle

100

 

15:00

Subbody Hall

Rituals in Wonderland

 

 ICCUUCCI now

Pilar

 

 

Isabelle

 

100

26

Sun

13:00

Subbody Hall

Continuum – Sounding moves

Workshop with Syv

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

Fukushima, mon Amour

 

 Ga-Chou-N

 

Julie

 

 

Kats D

 

 

100

27

Mon

11:00

Subbody Hall

- Fall after Einstein

!

 

Workshop with Jonathan Continues into an open jam

100

 

17:00

Cinemaa1,
Jogiwara Rd

 

 Dancers of Darkness

Butoh

Movie

 

28

Tue

13:00

Subbody Hall

A Celebration of Nature

 

Workshop with Eleanor

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

Afflictions

 

 

 Shining in the Darkness

Natasja

 

 

 

Jonathan

 

100

29

Wed

11:00

Subbody Hall

Butoh workshop

workshop

with Akshi

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

Fukushima, mon Amour  

 

 All is Purple

 

 Shining in the Darkness

 

 

Julie

 

 

Akshi

 

 

Jonathan

100

30

Thu

11:00

Subbody Hall

Butoh Workshop

 

 

Workshop

with Kats D

100

 

18:30

Subbody Hall

Debugging the Fool

 

 -a.x.Y.z- -

 

 Universe &Within

 

Honza

 

 

Syv

 

 

Pictoetrydance, Isabelle

 

100

1

Fri
July

18:30

Subbody Hall

ICCUUCCI now

 

Mermaid

Isabelle

 

 

 

Ikuko

 

100

2

Sat
July

10:00

Subbody Hall

Ning Tob Ling

Life Resonance

Carnival

All

Dancers

And

participants

Free

Details:

Exhibition: During the festival you can see photographs taken at the school during performances and practice, and of some well known Butoh-pieces, along with information about the practice.  At the opening there’s also a chance of meeting the performers. At the Moon Peak Café in Temple Road.   

Films: Famous Butoh-pieces, and some recordings from the school, will be shown at Cinemaa1, just downstairs of CarpeDiem restaurant in Jogiwara Road. Time to be confirmed, check web or Cinemaa1.

Workshops:  All workshops are open for anyone. No previous experience required. All of them will take place in and around the hall and be around 2 hours. Come and have a taste, explore your body! For the music workshop you are welcome to bring an instrument, but
it’s not necessary.

Performances: Doors of Subbody Butoh hall opens at 18.30 and performances begin
around 19 pm, with a short break in between. Dinner in Wonderland will start around 3 pm flexibly according to rain. The Live water Installation will take place in the Temple Pool in Bhagsu Nag. Please come in time, and open your mind… (s) means solo piece.

Tickets: Tickets will be sold at the door, 100 rs per workshop or performance night. Festival passes can be bought at the Moon Peak Café in McLeodGanj & OneNest and Tree Of Life in Bhagsu Nag. A festival pass costs 500 rs and gives you entrance to all activities the whole two weeks, great deal! You are always welcome to give an extra donation if you think we are worth it.

Note: Schedule changes may occur. Check the homepage and the Butoh hall for updates.

 

Skeleton Consciousness workshop: Movement is beyond life and death. Bringing our consciousness to our bones we get in touch with the part of us that exists beyond the difference of being alive or dead. Skeleton is the materialistic name for the soul, our base
for creativity, for freedom and selfless movement. Then we don't dance anymore, we become the dancing itself.

 

Fall after Einstein workshop: How does it feel to be an apple, to fall after Newton?
This question gave birth to contact improvisation, a dance where the dancers explore the effects and possibilities of gravity on their bodies. What if there is no space to fall into but, rather, we are part of the spacing itself? What happens with gravity when up and down become relativistic concepts, when the space shrinks and time dilutes? When the ground
starts moving and the body dissolves itself into the realm of the unknown?

How does it feel to be an abyss, to fall after Einstein?

 
7 June, 2011

Sinking into the Abyss

This June is the final creation month, all students dig a tunnel toward own Abyss in the darkness of body.
We sink into the each depth; underground, deep sea, deep forest, well, and so on. We meet a necessity of dance at the bottom of the darkness of obody.
Then our dance can take off our Ego and Self expression, and get the possibility to be a necessary butoh at the risk of one's Life.

We need this process absolutely.
I felt there are full of shallow dances in the world, though I traveled and watch so many pieces of butoh and contemporary dance in the world for long year at the end of 20 century. I have disapointed completely. Somehting is wrong.
What was the deepest impression which I recieved from Hijikata's butoh performance in 1972? I have never met it again.
This is the main reason I decided to retreat in Himalaya twelve years ago.
To reseach the depth in the darkness ofo body with students, it is the most thing what I wanted to do for long years. Now it is realized in front of my eyes.
Every week each student took off a surface skin one by one and deepen own dance clearly. To see it is the happiest experience for me and maybe for all students.
Until now, the many years experiments were just trials and errors toward here.



 

深淵への坑道

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6月は全員で深淵への坑道を掘り続ける。

共振塾生全員がひたすら探鉱夫と化す。

泥まみれになって地底や深海底や森の奥に沈む。

からだの闇の底の底で踊りの必然をつかむ。

それに触れることではじめて踊りが自我や自己の表現から

生命がぎりぎりのところで生みだす必然の舞踏に深まる。

そうなのだ。

この世には浅い踊りが多すぎる。

わたしがヒマラヤに来た最大の理由はそれだった。
20世紀の終わりの日本の舞踏も世界の現代ダンスも何年もかけてじっくり見た。
根源的に失望した。
からだを動かすことが踊りだと勘違いしている。
わたしが踊りに引き込まれるきっかけとなった1972年の土方巽の
燔犠大踏鑑の舞踏から受けた衝撃はなんだったのか。
それをつかみ出すために、
生徒たちとからだの闇の深淵への坑道を掘り深めること。

ずっと長い間最もしたいと思っていたことが今ようやく実現している。
これまでの十数年はこの坑道にたどり着くための試行錯誤だった。

目の前で生徒たちの踊りが一皮ずつ表皮を脱ぎ捨てて深まっていく。

それを目の当たりに出来ることほど至極の幸せはない。

そういう変化は間近で踊り手のからだになりこんで見るときにだけ

生命共振によって見えるもので、写真にもビデオにも写らない。

だが、それは踊りの本質だ。

踊りの美はリアルタイムに生起する生命共振なのだ。

11人の生徒すべてのからだで連鎖反応のように

一皮ずつ剥けて、深淵への変成が起こっている。
長い踊りの生活の中でもこんなことが起こったのははじめてだ。

これは21世紀のヒマラヤで起こっている驚愕に満ちた出来事である。


5 June, 2011

Fukushima, Mon Amour/ Julie

Julie is a student of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. She left Japan only one day before of the Big earthQuake to see her sick grandfather in France. Her guest room in Tokyo was bloken by the earthquake. Her parents don't want to her back to Japan. She has lost place, and finally decided to join Subbody School.
But, half of her body was still in Japan and resonated to the deseaster. Her friend's family in north japan was still missing. Her inner organs resonate with it, and could not accept any foods. She lost weight and weakened at Himalaya.
Moreover her student of French in Japan had a miscarrige, she resonated with it and had difficulty in breathing.
She has so deep resonant body that she can just hurt herself.
I have also similar resonativity then understand well, we have to endure it untill life find out a safety distance to the misery at the risk of our life.
Julie danced with showing her thin body, not only surface skin she showed the sored inner skin of her inner organs with turnning over.
Hijikata 's ship of the butoh spirit of the 燔犠大踏鑑 (hangi-daitoukan) which show our body as a sacrifice of life is still sailing beyond time and space.
At the ending of the butoh, all students joined with telling "Notthing happened at Fukushima!" in each defferent language; French, German, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and English.
Audience were on the verge of tears, including me.
We can just hurt our body as a resonant life.




Himalaya Butoh Festival #2, 2011


Butoh Dance Theater
20 June-2 July, 2011
Subbody Butoh School and at the various places of Mcleod Ganj


Open Workshop
20 June (Mon)- 1 July (Fri)
Mon-Fri
10:00 am- 12:00 am
At Subbody Butoh School
 
1 June, 2011

Build and crash

The second Butoh Festival Himalaya is coming in three weeks.
Eleven Students's creation are continuing Build and Crash, Cut and Polish.
We will dance two times for each piece, during the fastival.
Twenty two dances will be shown.
All students co-create them as a subbody and cobody.
Also many ideas how to open resonance way with the public are coming out.
Street performance, exhbitions, marathon dance, open workshops, visitting Ning Tob Ling (Tibetan various abled people's house), and so on.
Totaly, It will be a big experiment for life resonance.
What iill happen?
Please enjoy all of them together.