This item is not in the library — it is a part of: C. Cardew (ed.), Nature Study Notes (full, 1969).

Stand anywhere in the room. Face in any direction. Look straight ahead of you. Turn around your own axis very slowly (perhaps only once in the time available). When your eyes meet those of another performer, acknowledge his presence; on the simplest level, by smiling in greeting and moving on; or by standing still for a time, looking at him; or by making some action which will involve him or to which he can respond, either by imitating the action or by making a complementary one. Do not contradict or fail to respond to these gestures of friendship. After you have completed an action as described above, resume your circular motion. Let this be the first performance of the rite.

At subsequent performances, if there be any, apply the principles described above to the situation where your eyes meet those of someone who is not performing (has not read this rite). Then, apply the principles described above to the situation where your eyes meet any object, animate or inanimate. Finally, you need not move to bring about the situations described above. In the early stages of the rite's history, or at any time where it is necessary to limit duration, the rite may end for each performer when he has completed one rotation. Performance suggestion: 1st rotation, act according to 1st situation. 2nd rotation, incorporate 2nd situation. 3rd rotation, 3rd situation (inanimate objects). Then just play.


Improvisation Rite. F: Keith Rowe. Family: Buddhist practice. A: Communication.

Christopher Hobbs

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