Since the mid-1990s, Japanese-born Ryuichi Fujimura has extensively studied contemporary dance technique, improvisation and choreography in Sydney and overseas on an ongoing basis. Within his spontaneously natural, gentle, hypnotic, abstract and inventive dance style, this level of his commitment, engagement and self-expression is as much as a commentary on his body as on his life.
Ryuichi has collaborated with both emerging and established international and Australian dance/theatre/visual artists in various dance, theatre, opera, site-specific performance and film projects. He has performed for both established and experimental companies including Force Majeure, De Quincey Co., La Fura dels Baus, Opera Australia, Kaldor Arts Projects, Flightpath Theatre and Clockfire Theatre Co,.
Ryuichi performed in “Night Parade of One Hundred Goblins” directed by Emily Ayoub and Arisa Yura as part of Sydney Festival 2020 at Art Gallery of NSW in January 2020; “This is So Contemporary” directed by Tino Sehgal at Art Gallery of NSW in November 2019, and “In Transit” directed by Michael Pigott at Merrigong Theatre in September 2019.
Ryuichi has also choreographed and performed three short solo works (“Fall! Falter!! Dance!!!” in 2020, “How I Practice My Religion” in 2017 and “How Did I Get Here?” in 2015). With those solos, he toured internationally (Finland 2017 and Taiwan 2018). He has also created two site-specific performance works in collaboration with Kate Sherman (“Under Harry’s Circumstances” in 2014 and “Under Different Circumstances” in 2013).
Ryuichi is a recipient of Australia Council for the Arts’ International Residency (New York, 2018) and International Strategic Market Fund (2018), Create NSW’s Artist Support grant (2017) and Innovating Dance Practice Grant (2016), Ausdance NSW’s DAIR Residencies (2020, 2018, 2016 and 2015) and Critical Path’s Responsive Choreographic Residency, with Kate Sherman (2017).