“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu
Riuchi, the alter-ego of performer Guillaume Cousson, returns to the Granary Theatre on Sunday 14th January to lead a movement workshop titled BODY, RHYTHM, SPACE. Following his award-winning one-man show THE TALES OF THE ANCIENT LIGHTS, this workshop aims to impart participants with the techniques of his practice, providing an understanding of one’s own capabilities and the means to effortlessly move in and through space. Described by the Irish Times, Riuchi’s work is “at one moment calculated and precise, the next leisurely and graceful […] he variously exhibits balletic poise, circus skills and goofy humour.”
This workshop is free of charge. Due to strictly limited availability, please reserve a slot by contacting the Granary Theatre Box Office here.
- Date: Sunday 14th January
- Time: 10.00am – 17.00pm (lunch break at 1pm )
1 – The Body & Rhythm
It is undeniable that good body exercise helps to nurture brain connections, allowing the performer to work effortlessly. It is essential for the performer to establish slow and focused body-awareness, helping to prevent injuries, to strength the performer’s body and isolate points of developmental need.
2 – Moving in Space
Movements are dictated by a pattern that we have unconsciously built, through responses to physical, social and professional environment and needs. This segment of the workshop aims to provide the performer with a greater sense of spatial awareness. Riuchi’s techniques provided will allow the performer to move in space with others, while also establishing their own definition of rhythm, which is unique to each performer.
Within this segment, there are three parts.
- Individual Learning: Learning the notion of individual spatial awareness. Participants must avoid everyone, while being conscious of your own direction. This segment serves to build awareness of the direction available to the performer, example: circular movement, soft/medium/hard turns, etc.
- Pairing: Paired with another performer, the participant begins to harness their spatial awareness, taking turns in either leading or following. Working together, each performer uses the imparted techniques to make their movements clear and precise for their partner. It is essential for the performer to use their body as a pointer to lead the pair and inform their partner of their forthcoming movements.
- Group Routines: The workshop is divided into two groups, each led by one leader. Divided into two large groups, participants learn to work in unison, effectively and efficiently communicating the techniques they have learned, providing a greater understanding of their body in relation to both the working environment and their fellow performers.
3– Visualising the Body in Space
This segment pushes the performer to experiment with different rhythms, intentions and time.
Movement is dictated by a will and an intention. I move there because I need/want this. The time pressure which is applied to fulfill the intention influences the speed in which the performer moves. In this segment, you are going to apply the intention, and the time pressure, while matching the music, until the performer’s speed and movement matches the provided beat. Here, it is important for the performer to express themselves solely through movement. There will be no facial expressions, no props. The performer must learn to rely on only their body to create a spatial illusion, thus beginning to communicate clearly and precisely with the audience.