“The dance form calms down our daily thinking, our daily consciousness. When we calm down our daily consciousness our body and mind became one. Mind, body and spirit transformation takes place. It could be in silence you can do with preferred music too”,
“I listen to the resonance of the tree and I sink into the resonance and I become the tree and I forget that I am a human. If you listen to the resonance you will dance all time and your source of movement is by listening to the resonance.
The Butoh workshop in Manipur at SACH was all about learning technique to enter into the door. Learning to feel subtle energy. Hugging a tree to feel the intensity of the heat, texture and smell. Same goes with rock. We were given experiential knowledge not textual. If I want to feel the resonance of the tree we stay with the tree, stand and feel the wind blow. Smell, touches the water, even human to human. Human have sound, smell, heat, intensity. There are innumerable materials you just have to open yourself to listen into that resonance it is a practice to open up”,
What the Participants felt about the dance form.
Thiyam Chaoba continued to delve into his learning’s on subtle energy, “Everyone walk in a conventional pattern, you eat in the same way, you think in the same way, same pattern in everyday lifestyle at a conscious level where you suppress all the things that you do not want or non-conventional as the society thinks.
“I am this I want this I do not want that and all that you do not want suppresses you. Listening into the resonance is nothing but to come into the subconscious level. If I make an ugly face it is uncanny, when we walk differently with all the muscles that remain unused the unused muscles get into work and our suppression get released that time and we become so free
In the usual manner we have accepted norms where we behave in certain manner. When on the way when somebody asks you as to how you are you often reply that you are fine even if you are not. Here there is no good or bad, if you are not fine you are. We break the pattern. When you are so free and devoid of suppression you are not suppressed. If you have angst in that moment it got released when you speak out your true feelings or woe. Then I can help you with my subtle energy. It is more about taking things out of you. We take away the suppression and unconditioned the condition and you try to become free.”
Loya I wanted to experience new things, I have not done any dance course, Surjit asked me to join it detailing the not so physical and strenuous work out. It is like soul dance with meditation and moment and since I like the part, I came to join. It is one in a life time experience. It is good thing that such thing is happening in Manipur.
“I used to have lots of inhibition like boundaries, bodies, comfort zone, my body was not touched for long time. After I join this course I was touched by everyone and I touched everyone like trying to find the resonance with the trees and stones.
Qualia the word they use for anything like feeling or sensation of Life. Butoh is more like in tune with the whole of existence, trying to be one with the nature with the trees, stones, sculptures, human and the feelings, touch and sensation. It is a very enriching technique and process in life. During these Butoh days I have become like child nature, easily laughing, joking, fooling and kidding around. I have become a kid all over. It is something amazing. We are gonna’ practice this. It started from Japan.
Dipu – who is 20 years old expressed that the workshop is a new taste which is good. Body massages, exercise, health awareness, self-discovery, connecting with nature are some elements I got from the workshop.
Way of thinking is change from negative to positive; it is socializing out here I make new friends.
Yaisnana Butoh is like if you have pain in body we breathe and concentrate in the part where I feel pain and get relieve
Jimsta “I am in Seventh Standard. I came to know from my sister. I feel happy to get lot of technique. I dance, I do performance show once in a year. It is cool and I do not get angry fast. I will practice at home
More about Agu Tara the Facilitator who introduced Butoh in Manipur and Subbody Butoh
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