The price of yesterday / today's "theatre" and "education"
From that point onward I was in no fewer than three major theatrical projects per year until I graduated high school. From the age of three! That’s 27 musicals!
I appreciated what I learned from my mother and from theatre immensely. It was truly a gift, but it also came with a price...
The most personal movement
Nowhere else can you be encouraged to take yourself, your body, your soul and its desires as seriously and as sincerely as in butoh class. For example, you’re in class, deeply engaged in a simple, yet surprisingly challenging physical ritual, maybe circling the foot on the floor or contracting and relaxing the spine. The body is tired, it begins to sag. In the next breath you re-commit to standing, to existence, to sincere and active engagement with your physical task AND with the tiredness (You must be honest with it!), always surrendering AND staying strong, alive, vital. What a delicate balance!
In this way butoh teaches us to be incredibly sensitive to our internal world, to the multitude of messages, pressure, signals, signs from the darkness of our bodies while holding in just as high regard the universe, the world, it’s immense suffering and its joy. Through that knowledge we can enact enormous change in both our lives and the lives of the world around us. People respond to that sincerity. People respect it. Your own body respects your sincere, authentic self-exploration and will reward you with incredible power, the power to listen, to push, to fly, to move audiences and to make a difference not only spiritually, but molecularly, karmic-ly, generationally. (Butoh also involves serious investigation of our past, of the weight of our life, our ancestors’ lives and all that makes us who we are. From this investigation comes the power to end destructive cycles and to make positive choices.)
What you get from butoh, just like life, depends a lot on what you put into it.
What’s most important is that we acknowledge and encourage ourselves to move, truly and deeply, authentically and personally. Movement (from the osmosis of cells to the migration of animals towards food) is necessary for all life on Earth and we are no exception. (Don’t let the consumer industry, social media, or - in my case - the park-and-bark theatre of the twentieth century, or ANYONE tell you differently.) Move your body. Take a butoh class.
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