What is Hijikata doing while dancing "A Girl" solo?
Discovery of Subtle Rhizoming
This week we deepened the experiment of Kanchen, Slow Kanchen, and Subtle Rhizoming in Kanchen.
1) Kanchen: Pass various Qualia at various part of body; vibration, sway, wave, shoch,
collapse and dying Qualia at random.
2) Slow Kanchen: Slow down the kanchen, and pass through a specific Qualia at a moment
only at a part of body, and listen to Life what is happening?
3) Subtle Rhizoming :
Listen to the subtle tendencies that a specific Qualia infect from a part to neibougher part of body and develope to a sequence of the tendency.
When we reached to the third stage of this experiment, I big awareness has come out.
I investigated in Hijikata's dancing in the solo of "A Girl" for a long years.
Finnaly, I noticed that this is what Hijikata was doing during the dancing
"A Girl". Each moment of a small sequence or movement, he listened to the Life Resonance
that was happening between the physical movement and inner Qualia symbolized
as the "Can factory".
After all, he could integrate all of the subtle Life Resonance as the Butoh Score of "Quiet House".
Please watch carefully the video above, and guess what is he listening
to his body and Life. Gradually you can notice the resonance with the movement
and the butoh score below.
1. “The Red God”
A girl who plans an evil deed in the rain
Keep Floor Face throughout the whole time
Obsess with Salmon Face compulsively
Nest of Forest (*1), Nest of Eyes (*2), a moth placed on a wooded board
A vaporized candy maker or the Christ drawn as a Samurai warrior
A fine spider’s thread that runs on the forehead
Garbage disposal place
When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower
A fragile sound collapsed in a shed
Can Factory (*5)
Regenerate a reduction by X (*6)
Behind the mirror
(*1) Nest of Forest: cf. Ch. 4 and Ch.5 “the far away forest”, Ch. 26 “forest”
(*2) Nest of Eyes: cf. Ch. 5 and Ch. 7
(*3) A moth: cf. Ch. 27
(*4) A swaying shadow of flower: cf. Ch. 24
(*5) Can Factory: cf. Ch. 6, Ch. 7 and Ch. 16
(*6) A regenerate a reduction by X: cf. Ch. 7 and 26
“Shisha transform their shapes quietly yet infinitely. It is not rare that
they borrow the shapes of things on the earth with unexpected nonchalance.”
3. “Ash girl”
Soul and Spirit
Nobody visits any more
Nobody can sleep any more
Flower of density
An extreme fulfillment came to her and she became an incredibly beautiful
She learned the various customs of Shisha
A dream of horsemeat (*7)
A man who was dragged out of the behind room
A mad man-child sitting on a chair = a beast
Dance the beginning of Kanchen (*8) naked
Use the floor technique of Framan
The morning when a storm has come
(*7) A dream of horsemeat: cf. Ch. 4 and Ch. 7
(*8) Kanchuin: cf. Ch. 5
1. Flower, Rain, Girl, Use all of them
Mask or Bug
Doll – Ash Girl – Washing Clothes
– Nobody visits any more
2. Running from Bird to Girl, Girl vaporized and sitting
3. Witch [A] is vaporizing
4. Witch, who is connected to the red salmon head, is
5. The Great Witch, who dreams of horsemeat, is vaporizing
6. Various Whereabouts are vaporizing
Water – Obon (*9) – A far away
forest – Shisha
(*9) Obon: Special days in August when ancestral spirits return home
5. Something that was grasped as a shadow of mind
A girl who moves with subtle
The Christ who has gone slack
The Christ who was released
with the slacked body
Mad King’s hand (*10) – Bug,
Bird (*11), Stick (*12)
A sitting crane fly
These are almost danced by the
Thus, the reduction by X and
regeneration are flying off from the far away forest and the nest of eyes,
And “Shisha” participate with
all of these
Someone, who appears in order
to dance these things (or a Butoh dancer), has to be familiar with Bird’s
fear and Bug’s fear.
And the girl becomes the horse
face and stops there.
Also, another girl stands up
and becomes a doll through a dragon fly.
All sways stop there.
(*10) Mad King: cf. Ch. 10 and Ch. 11, and Heliogabalus at Ch. 22
(*11) Bug, Bird: cf. Bird's Fear and Bug's Fear at Ch. 5
(*12) Stick: cf. Ch.18 and 27
6. "Can Factory"
"Can Factory" that hides in front and behind the mirror
7. (Dream of Horse Meat)
I was sleeping naked, and dreamt of horsemeat
Where did the whereabouts go?
Mad King was put in the box
The whereabouts of the box is
connected to a fine dismantling
Dance of hair
Reduction by X and regeneration
About the nest of eyes
Mustache that dances a waltz
of bug, or Waltzing Mustache
Gunya-gunya (*15) cat
All of these compose the parts
of a ship
A bird with long nose hair and
a bird which became a box
The ship has taken these forms
Or it could be seen as a dismantled
I see far away leaves and nearby
greens and I fly
This is what I smelt at the
(*13) Box: Fold body into a smallest size. cf. Ch.19 and 27
(*14) Rakan: Buddhism monk who is on the path of enlightenment. cf. Ch.
(*15) Gunya-gunya: Slimy and amorphous
8. (The morning after the storm has passed)
The morning after the storm has passed, nobody visits me any more
I stood up
A samurai commander becomes a nest with his body intact.
9. (Behind the mirror)
Behind the mirror a wall of light
The dizziness, shivering and
swaying shadow of flower are hidden in the freedom to carry the density
The love affair of hands (*16) and the copy inside the skull are connected
through discontinuity. A mescaline injection is given at a fingertip. Small
flowers and small faces are born there.
Knitting with very fine thread, infinite mesh of stitches (*17), a fire-breathing
bird and a funny bear follow Mad King while swaying (*18). In the middle
of it, the head is chasing another whereabouts.
All matieres (qualia of material or sense of material) are supported by
the behind world. The compound eyes (*19) and multi-layering are muddled
and become unified.
(*16) Mescaline hands: cf. Ch 14, the hands Ch. 26
(*17) Infinite mesh of stitches: cf. the picture of the abyss at Ch. 22
(*18) A sample of Chimera Body
(*19) The compound eyes: cf. Ch. 11, 22 and 23
Bellmer (*20) – to Funny Bear – to Horse Face
From Gaze of Deer – to Stick – to Beggar –Tiger
Bird with nose hair – Flower – to Mad King – Compound Eyes – Whereabouts
Bug – to Dog – Orangutan – to Ears of Fukusuke (*21)
Ears being pricked – Dizziness – to Front and Back of Mirror
Things that are dying in the compound eyes
Doll – Mask – Papaya – Firefly – Development of a wooden board (*22)
There are small flowers and so on
Horse Face – Girl Face – Dog – Spoon
Unification of Bug and Tree – to Behind World – A being who tries sudden
development, following the path of a plant
(*20) Hans Bellmer: German artist who made dolls with spherical joints.
cf. Ch. 19
(*21) Fukusuke: A special character who has big ears which connect to prosperity
(*22) Development of a wooden board: Changing the number of dimensions;
one dimensional space as a stick; two dimensional space as a board, plate,
paper; three dimensional space as a box; four dimensional time/space as
a movement; multi-dimensional time/space as qualia stream
A shout and a girl – shivering before collapsing
The forms are independent (*23)
(*23) cf. “Shivering” Ch. 24
14. Mescaline Hands
The issue that the hands possess will gradually become clear (*24)
(*24) cf. Ch. 26
15. Slow diffusion
Keep in mind not to vaporize all at once.
A development should be attempted
in the vaporized condition.
This issue will also become
clear before long. (*25)
(*25) cf. Ch. 26 and 27
16. The difficulty of changing place
The body is a dancing place. A dancing place of the hand, a dancing place
of the hip, a dancing place of behind the elbow, and so on.
The depth of this dancing place is formed by overcoming the deep memories
(and qualias) that were caught in each dancing place and reverse twisting
For example, suppose there is a house of Mr. Yanagida, and I discover that
it is a very precious thing that there is a peacock in Mr. Yanagida’s yard.
And the place called “Can Factory” is narrated by the powder that was dear
They become the blood of the dance.
Bugs attach to Rakan with senile hand – Small Flower – String – Sea Shell
18. (The Eyes)
Gaze deeply inside the head and eyes – Gaze deeply at the condition of
the gazing deeply – If you observe from outside, it may seem to stop moving
– to Gaze – to Fine Fine Stick
19. (Small Box of Joints)
Small box of joints – Hans Bellmer – Samurai Commander – Princess – Tiger
20. (The Flower of the Whole)
The flower of the whole and the participation into the skin (*26) are homogenous.
The nightmare, in which everything is performed with drooping hands, is
particular to the naked body.
(*26) The participation into the skin: cf. Ch. 22 and 27
Attacked from behind and inside, I picked a flower on the road.
Shivering, the ripples spread to the floor and to the sky.
In the picture of the abyss, the focus must be on the participation into
the skin rather than the compound eyes. There is only one moment of Heliogabalus
Things that endure – It was the other face of dazzling moderation
(*27) Heliogabalus: A Roman emperor; a symbol of “Mad King.” He is known
for his extreme eccentricity, decadence and zealotry
23. Compound Eyes
1. Flower Gaze and a face wrapped by flower petals
2. Small flower inside eyeball
3. Breeding dust with eyelashes
4. A girl in the bush as a stuffed body
5. A girl and mad king in the bush and in the spider’s web
6. A girl and mad king in the bush inside eyes
[I am] waiting for an attack of the storm with the body that connects to
these parts, like a puppy that felt the coming storm, or like a spoon or
Thus, a Butoh Dancer must have the gaze that connects to those. This gaze
is the eyeballs of the pink parakeet.
When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower
1. The extreme dirtiness of the enduring stuffed body
2. A waltz of cow and tree is shivering
3. When I rubbed a mirror, there was a swaying shadow of flower from behind
5. Picking flower on the road – Walking Blind – Dog
6. Spoon – Old Woman
8. Small flowers and small faces are hanging on the grid of a graph paper
10. On the floor and in the sky, too
The nightmare is this naked body
1. Bugs, face of Michaux, face of a girl and face of horse, a woman with
perm, face of fool, face of a person drawn by Bosch, hands that beg to
2. A dog, a flower, a shadow, and a rhythmically jumping bug
26. Right in the middle of the strange development
1. Replace the love, which spirals into the hands, into the skull completely
2. A nerve became a stick, and a stick became a beggar. The beggar was
waving a flag. It was a large bird.
3. When the neck stretched as a horse neck, the elastic of the finger stretched
too. During the process, the point of view changed to eyes of point. It
was exposed to the reduction and regeneration by X. At that time, the nails
got jammed into the back, the whereabouts grew up astray, and through the
new regeneration, a small mime was born.
4. The inside overflowed to the outside, and what overflowed returns to
the harbor of mask. The mask sets sail toward the forest.
5. A wind of forehead, the forehead was bound. I ran through the leaf of
hands and the path of plants and I finally became a stake man.
6. In the picture of abyss, in all phenomena’s 1 am, the peacock of Mr.
Yanagida is completed.
27. The participation into the skin
1. A small flower inside a small skull, extremely fine gaze, the nerve
witnessed sticks outside the head, the gaze that is sorting the sticks
by the forehead.
2. A walking blind with a small face is like a monkey. Lightning struck
the head of monkey. A small flower blooms inside the head; a spinning thread
song is heard.
3. The stretched out old woman will become a sheet of paper. The woman
will ride on the paper like a moth.
4. A samurai commander becomes a queen; the queen will be put in a box
of joints. The reincarnation from the box is the dancer, Hoopee.