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Guillaume Cousson

Guillaume Cousson (born in France, currently living in Ireland) Residence: November 2017

Guillaume creates work inspired by Japanese Arts and culture. He has been fascinated from a young age by this country and when he decided to create a show it became natural to use their culture as a main reference . Therefore the character Riuchi emerges out of a fantasy realm inspired by ancient Japanese tales. For the necessity of his performances, Guillaume added Asian martial arts techniques to his skills in circus and dance. From this combination of skills emerged a style that seems effortless balancing high technical skills and Asian controlled movement techniques.

RIUCHI’s SHOW
In 2013 he started touring with the show “Riuchi – The Tales of the Ancient Lights” across Europe in Arts festival and recently in Japanese arts festivals.
The Tale of the Ancient Lights is Riuchi’s award-winning one-man show inspired by Asian art; a fusion of circus, dance, magic and technology.The Tale of the Ancient Lights won Best Performance and Best Lighting at Galway Fringe Festival 2014, was nominated for Bewley’s Café Theatre “Little Gem” Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival and has featured on the RTE Today show. The Irish Times has described it as “an intriguing synthesis of technology and a skilled and imaginative performer.” Riuchi has been awarded the prestigious 16×16 : next generation artist awards by TheArts Council of Ireland for his contribution to Irish arts scene.

Guillaume in Japan
In order to push his own boundaries, Guillaume focused his training and research on Japanese culture and arts by spending time in a residency over Japan in 2016. Guillaume trained Japanese secular art forms in shrine and temple immersing himself in his surrounding and population. He then explore new techniques while refining his own set of skills.
By sharing excerpts of his research during his residency, he brought forward European techniques unfamiliar to Japanese culture such as circus and magic technique. While Japanese culture tend to preserve the integrity of its traditions, Guillaume’s work is based on mixing culture and techniques, leading for instance to an exploration around the traditional sword art and special effects used in animation of feature films. Therefore, he questioned the audience of both culture about the creative possibilities of bridging between past and future.
During his upcoming residencies in Japan, Guillaume wishes to extend his experimentation about combining tradition with novelty. The first part of the residency will focus on a research and understanding of the art of shodo (calligraphy) mixed with a circus technique called object manipulation. The combination of these two art forms based on complex physicality will create a new kind of spacial illusion.

Guillaume Cousson participated in the artist in residency program at Studio Kura in November 2016.

– Website: Riuchi.com

– Sword flying technique

– Project supported by:
Cork City Council Arts Office
Arts Council of Ireland

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Announcing Guillaume Cousson’s Performance “Sword combined with magic technique.”

We are happy to announce Sword combined with magic technique. by Guillaume Cousson, as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.
>> Please see here for his magic workshop for kids on Nov 27(Sun).

Guillaume Cousson is a performer who is characterized by the diversity of his bodily expression – a fusion of circus,dance, magic and visual art to create performances. Guillaume has a passion for Asian art and Japanese manga and when he was a kid he studied drawing. Later he self-trained as a hip hop and contemporary dancer, and he discovered circus through juggling in 2003. From this combination of skills he focused his training on the body movement integrating visual pattern created by the object in motion. He collaborated with manufacturers and created a concept for a show using advanced technology to create live visual effects combined with magic technique. In 2011 he created the character RIUCHI who is Guillaume’s Asian side.

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Announcing Guillaume Cousson aka RIUCHI presenting a Magic Workshop on Nov 27 (Sun)

We are happy to announce a French contemporary circus performer presenting a magic workshop on Nov 27 (Sun).

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Guillaume Cousson is a contemporary circus performer and creates magic effect live on stage.
Magic from the ancient times had been seen as secretive art form that is only transmitted from magician to magician.
Guillaume in this workshop will open this world of what’s behind the magic, the trick on itself.

Message from Guillaume Cousson aka RIUCHI;

What you’ll learn is the basic of one very famous magic trick that can be performed anywhere with the right mindset and surrounding. It’s simple but also limitless. We will start with a small performance that will show you different possibilities. We will then learn with games and exercises. You’ll go home with the trick itself that is only sold on magic specialized shop; free to take home with you so there will be very limited space.

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Guillaume Cousson

Guillaume Cousson (France) Residence: November 2016

Guillaume is a performer who is characterized by the diversity of his bodily expression – a fusion of circus,dance, magic and visual art to create performances. Guillaume has a passion for Asian art and Japanese manga and when he was a kid he studied drawing. Later he self-trained as a hip hop and contemporary dancer, and he discovered circus through juggling in 2003. From this combination of skills he focused his training on the body movement integrating visual pattern created by the object in motion. He collaborated with manufacturers and created a concept for a show using advanced technology to create live visual effects combined with magic technique. In 2011 he created the character RIUCHI who is Guillaume’s Asian side. Further in the development and with Fernando Tunon Hernandez they gave life to RIUCHI and created a world for him. A tale was born.

RIUCHI’s SHOW
The Tale of the Ancient Lights is Riuchi’s award-winning one-man show inspired by Asian art; a fusion of circus, dance, magic and technology.The Tale of the Ancient Lights won Best Performance and Best Lighting at Galway Fringe Festival 2014, was nominated for Bewley’s Café Theatre “Little Gem” Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival and has featured on the RTE Today show. The Irish Times has described it as “an intriguing synthesis of technology and a skilled and imaginative performer.” Riuchi has been awarded the prestigious 16×16 : next generation artist awards by TheArts Council of Ireland for his contribution to Irish arts scene.

GUILLAUME IN JAPAN
Guillaume creates performances inspired from Japanese arts. For his new creation he needs to go further into researching into the old Japan and its tradition. He has always been so influenced by this country and wish to emerge himself and understand why there is so much attraction to this culture. The aim of this residency will be to work on specific techniques that Guillaume trained this past years: a combination of magic and movement. He wish to present at the end of the residency a sample of his work through an exhibition on how he created magic effect and with a performance influenced by his stay as a demonstration.

– Guillaume Cousson’s website

– Guillaume Cousson’s video link

Announcing Guillaume Cousson’s Performance at Studio Kura, November 2016
“Sword combined with magic technique.”
Announcing Guillaume Cousson aka RIUCHI presenting a Magic Workshop on Nov 27 (Sun)
Magic Workshop by Guillaume Cousson

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