“Tsuru,” The Japanese Crane
The crane’s neck. Slender and delicate.
You are aware of its slenderness and length.
Wire inside the body.
The crane stretches out from its internal organs.
The neck must not stop.
Always pull the neck halfway back before thrusting it again.
The person must do these quickly
because the longer it takes, the neck becomes human.
The crane’s neck is now thin like a thread.
It is important to remember the feeling of the crane’s nerves
being pulled out like pieces of thread.
1. Slender neck right and upward.
Slenderness of the neck and length of the bill are important.
2. The neck stretches further once,
and then draws several letter “S’s” in the air,
and is now back to medium height.
3. Contract the neck slightly and turn it around in the reverse direction.
(Through steps 1 to 3, the traces are quick and slender.)
4. The crane’s neck turns back and is staring up at the sky.
Its bill has turned upwards.
5. The crane stands still and the neck is plucking at insects in its feathers.
The left shoulder is raised slightly.
6. The dance becomes one of fine lines,
like in the drawing of a girl in a piece of Bellmer.
These lines merging cobwebs. Lines accumulate in the body.