The character RIUCHI – warrior and alchemist at once – comes from the imagination of the performer’s Asian identity. The artist grew up nourished by Japanese animation, dreaming of jumping high while launching fireballs at imaginary assailants. From those fictional adventures of struggle and triumph a tale was born and Riuchi emerged from a mystical Eastern land. Riuchi communicates through movements that are based on the theories of martial arts through self-taught techniques and training. Within this context, he creates movements enriched with grace, purity and focus that seem effortless. Riuchi has received several awards and became one of the winners of Ireland’s “New Emerging Artists” for 2016.
As we learn the need to fit in society, there’s a precious part of ourselves that we won’t let shine through. I want to create these performances to question the meaning of everyone true identity. What are the buried treasures left behind while we play the part of being someone else? Through the character of Riuchi, I want to explore my lost roots and discover, deep inside, what could have been if I had chosen other paths. Growing up, to prevent that line from breaking ever again, I have reinvented an imaginary version of myself. As a consequence of that dream, Riuchi was born.
As an artist, I challenge myself into acquiring new techniques. Through dance, my focus embraces purely aesthetics. For magic I dig out lost techniques and revive them with a contemporary twist. In martial arts I aim for the natural balance able to put my thoughts and body at peace. My goal is to find a language that would allow the mix of these very different art forms. I want to create a new vocabulary in which complex body movements, objects manipulation and magic illusions would be incorporated into dance theory, leading to an immersive experience during which ability will be perceived mainly for its gracefulness.