Enter the visionary realm of Riuchi
Asian tradition meets anachronistic technologies through an inspiring journey that will redraw the classical archetypes of the Alchemist, the Geisha and the Samurai. Three scenes embodying three artistic visions about creation, protection and destruction.
“Hikari” grew from an innovative approach to multi-layering technologies, display of agility, magic techniques and a fleeting crafted soundscape. Framed by a rigorous traditional Japanese architectural setting, Riuchi’s radical approach blurs every limits between genres through creativity and intimacy while encompassing emotions from pure rage to extensive stillness. Riuchi crafts a visual realm that defies logic, gravity and expectations mixing traditional and contemporary magic techniques to produce an unexpected sense of wonder.
In his own exquisite way, Riuchi’s dreams are faster than the eye.
DURATION: 15 to 45 minutes.
The show is collaboration between performer Riuchi and local artists based in Ireland. Through this performance Riuchi deepens his exploration of his Asian fictional avatar by splitting it into three well-rounded characters. The challenge was to explore new magic techniques using a different approach about mixing technology and movement. Each scene is conceived as a way to blur our conception of space and time thanks to a technology specifically developed for this purpose.
Riuchi recreates live on stage a series of special effects usually only seen in films in order to immerse the audience into a fantastic world. The soundtrack composed for this show brings the final touch of blending narration with movement. The whole project took over two years of research and development, thanks to the support of national and international institutions.
The show was premiered at the Cork Midsummer festival in June 2017.