Cushion Eurasian Society

Edited by John Lee Bird, for Carnesky’s CFS

Cushion Eurasian Society are Sam Reynolds and Jasmine Shigemura Lee, two artists of mixed Asian and European heritage; Filipinx-Irish-British and Japanese-Irish respectively. The Society was created after their realisation that they were the only people of colour in Cushion Collective, and decided to throw a knowing nod at being a two-strong society, which is always on the lookout for new members.

Cushion Eurasian Society creates accessible performance that explore themes such as heritage, identity, and vulnerability, through the use of humour, physicality, and transformative experiences.

Sam Reynolds and Jasmine Shigemura Lee first worked together under the direction of David Rosenberg at Glastonbury Festival’s Block9, before becoming Resident Artists at the Roundhouse and founding members of Cushion Collective. Along with their co-member Scarlett Lassoff, they did a post-show DJ set for Kyary Kyary Pamyu at her headline concert at Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival at the Roundhouse. They are Carnesky’s Finishing School alumni, and their Cushion Eurasian Society debut showcase was Carnesky’s season-closing, and busiest, CFS Alumni Show at CFS Soho.

Since then, Cushion Eurasian Society have performed as the Society at Cushion Collective’s comeback show Happy Hollygays at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, and at Bar Wotever at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, both of which Sam hosted.

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