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Butoh Improvisation Under Guangzhou Dadao Bridge in Ersha Island

After three months trying to adapt myself to the Chinese city of Guangzhou, looking for a place for training and creation, I could find two or three sites around the city to perform my  improvisations.

This first one I’m talking about now was very close to my new home, in Ersha Island, under a highway bridge with exceptional perspective and bizarre good lighting, almost as if was thought to be used as a performance venue. You know me, I couldn’t resist doing something there.

I chose one Saturday evening. The heat was -at 6 pm- just bearable and I only had to fight with some mosquitoes, but my main concern actually was not the weather conditions but the police. China has a policy that prohibits any kind of public manifestation without permission from the police, permission that could never come, because of the bureaucracy or just because someone doesn’t want to have any problem asking for it to his superiors. Anyway, it was a question of luck: if the police didn’t show and the street surveillance cameras were not recording anything I could get along without any problem; but, if the police arrived then it would depend of the criteria of the guard, he would let me go with my performance or ask me to leave or even he would arrest me.

As my Butoh improvisation is not a performance organized to be public (it is just done at a public area), and I assume it is not political, my bet was, with not much risk, that I would get along with it without any altercation.

The police did arrive in the middle of my performance, but for some reason the guard just looked at me while passing by and he didn’t stop nor did anything, and walked away. So, I was lucky, the first test passed without a problem.

People passed by and stood for a little time and then went away too, some took photographs, and even a lady stopped by and started to give some advice about where to do the performance with better light while taking some photographs with her phone. What I loved was to see how some riding bicycles got attracted by what I was doing and changed their way to see better. I was all alive and fresh, exactly what I look in my Butoh improvs around the world.

I didn’t use any make up ( I didn’t want to attract much attention) or wore a thong, but I did wore some of my traditional black dresses, a net, and a Japanese mask. I put not very loud music and I stayed performing almost in the same area without doing much fuss around. I really loved the results, at least in photographic images.

We’ll see if I keep that impression after I process the video.

(Thanks, as always, to my personal cameraman Zangtai Taizo for being there once again.)

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Old Presence at the Polylepis Forest -Butoh Video-

Old Presence at the Polylepis Forest / Presencia antigua en el bosque de polilepis

Butoh Improvisation Performance by Gustavo Thomas
Improvisación de Butoh por Gustavo Thomas

Camera / Cámara: Zangtaitaizo
Video edition / Edición de video: Gustavo Thomas

Song / Canción: Ice Demons by/por Meredith Monk

Cajas National Park, Azuay Province, Ecuador.
Parque Nacional Cajas, Azuay, Ecuador.

Gustavo Thomas © 2017

 

Improvising my Butoh while walking around the world, discovering spaces, alters my body and my mind enormously. I live an anguish of the possible non-creativity, of the uninteresting, of the fear of ridicule, and I accept the risk.

4000 meters high, walking between mud, stones, shrubs, passing lakes and confusing path signs, deepens me in the fascination of loss and adventure; I feel my feet take root, feeding me with that moisture and with that ignorance of what it holds a hundred meters ahead.

A forest like no other I have seen before crosses my view; my eyes tremble with curiosity and fascination. I had heard of it but had never explored it; nor my hands had touched its trunks nor its branches, nor my feet had sunk in its moss.
Those trunks full of colors -from yellow to orange to red to brown wood- in the dampness of a tremendously cold and foggy day, entwined like a tangle, carried me to a daydream and my butohkian masked “presence” suddenly appeared. I wanted her to walk there, to feel like home, like in a normal day; without drama, without spectacular crackling, just being there.

Butoh is profoundly wide and strange and curious and playful, at least the one I’m discovering in this walk of my simple and plain life.

 

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Improvisar mi Butoh durante el andar por el mundo, descubriendo espacios, altera mi cuerpo y mi mente enormemente. Vivo una angustia de la posible no creatividad, de lo no interesante, del miedo al ridículo, y acepto el riesgo.

A 4000 metros de altura, caminando entre lodo, piedras, arbustos, pasando lagos y señalamientos confusos, en la fascinación de la pérdida y de la aventura, siento que mis pies echan raíces, alimentándome de aquella humedad y desconocimiento de aquello que depara a cien metros adelante.

Un bosque como ningún otro que haya visto antes se cruza a mi vista; mis ojos tiemblan de curiosidad y fascinación. Había oído hablar de él pero no lo había explorado nunca; ni mis manos tocado sus troncos ni sus ramas, ni mis pies se habían hundido en su musgo.
Aquellos troncos llenos de colores -del amarillo al naranja y al rojo y al café- en la humedad de un día tremendamente frío y lleno de neblina, entrelazados como una maraña, me llevaron al ensueño y mi butohka “presencia” enmascarada apareció de súbito. Quise que caminará ahí, que fuera su casa, su día normal; sin dramatismos ni estertores espectaculares, solo estar.

El Butoh es profundamente amplio y extraño y curioso y juguetón, al menos aquél que descubro en este andar de la vida simple y llana.

 

 

  • All Photograph by Gustavo Thomas & Zangtaitaizo, © 2017