Chisato Minamimura

Chisato Minamimura is a professional conceptual dance choreographer, dance artist and BSL art presenter. Minamimura approaches choreography from her unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/ music’. Minamimura uses a mathematical score in order to create her choreography and aims to enhance the experience of dance without using music but instead creating visual sound. The point at which she starts is the question: What is visual sound/music? From a deaf perspective.

  • Photo: Mark Pickthall.

    Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019.

  • Photo: Mark Pickthall.

    Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019.

  • Photo: Mark Pickthall.

    Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019.

  • Photograph: Mark Pickthall

    Passages of Time

  • Photograph: Mark Pickthall

    Passages of Time

  • Photograph: Mark Pickthall

    Passages of Time

Contact details

Sarah Pickthall
Creative producer

Artistic Director(s)

Chisato Minamimura

Online

Email: angel-c@h-and-c.jp
Web: http://chisatominamimura.com/home/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chisatominamimura/

Edinburgh Showcase 2019: 'Scored in Silence' by Chisato Minamimura

Productions

Scored in Silence (2019)

Duration: 50-minute live performance / 50-minute performance film / Short 6 x 10 minute films
Number of people on road: 1) 5 people for live performance
- Artist/Performer
- Producer
- Lighting Designer/Projection
- Sound Designer
- BSL Interpreter

2) 4 people for performance film
- Artist/Performer
- Producer
- Technician
- BSL Interpreter

3) 2-3 people
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

Freight:

1) live performance
- Holo-guaze screens
- 20 Woojer belts

2) performance film
-10 Woojer belts

Freight details:

a. Baggage – large bag to transport essential cabling, small equipment
b. Hand Luggage – for Holo-Gauze tech pro

Description

Scored in Silence is a new digital sign language performance by deaf Japanese artist and UK resident Chisato Minamimura.

Following AIDF in Spring 2018, (British Council/ Art Council England) which researched and filmed elderly deaf people with lived experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the work unpacks the hidden perspectives of deaf people the handful of those still living and now dead, all of who experienced the A-Bomb atrocity in Japan in 1945. 
Survivors of the A-bomb are known as ‘hibakusha’. The artist brings these untold narratives into stark relief touching upon the atrocity of the event and its aftermath and the layers of discrimination experienced by these isolated members of Japanese society. 
The work is highly original, employing exemplary artistry: the latter processing the sound composition into vibration through Woojer © straps worn by the audience, creating new aesthetics and a wholly original kinaesthesia. The work doesn’t try to emulate the A Bomb events but suggest the impact they had through a blend of digital artistry and signed performance with the latest 3D projection technology: Holo-Gauze ©. The performance is designed for small audiences (up to 35) in theatre studio spaces and/or galleries with a degree of technical infrastructure to suspend a projector, lights and easily mount the Holo-Gauze projection surface.
Scored in Silence was shown at
• Brighton Digital Festival 2018, 
• Manchester Science Festival 2018, 
• Ovalhouse Theatre in 2019 and was selected as part of the
• British Council, Edinburgh Festival Showcase 2019 
Artistic Director | Performer: Chisato Minamimura
Animator: Dave Packer
Lighting and Production designer: Jon Armstrong
Sonic artist: Danny Bright
Vibrotactile Specialists: David Bobier / Jim Ruxton (VibrafusionLab)
Sign Mime Specialist: Tetsuya Izaki
Sign Language Mentor: Steven Webb
Audio Describer | Writer | Mentor: Willie Elliot
Producer: Sarah Pickthall
Photos by Mark Pickthall

 

 

Extra information

Packages: 

1) 50 minute live performance
WITH 20 WOOJER VIBRATION STRAPS – BSL/Sign Mime and VOICE OVER
2) 50-minute performance film 
OR SCREENING WITH 10 WOOJER VIBRATION STRAPS – VOICE OVER / CAPTION VERSIONS IN ENGLISH. 
3) Short 6 x 10 minute films
OF SCORED IN SILENCE SIGN MIMES – FOR EVENTS / CONFERENCES AND GALLERY INSTALLATION – WITH 2 WOOJER STRAPS/ 2 HEADPHONES
4) Post Performance/Film Q&A 
We require local sign language interpreters for local deaf audience at the post talk. 
5) Movement Workshops with Chisato Minamimura
For participants, all levels of abilities and age. Possible workshops include: dance, physical and sensory expression, exploring physical sound. Bespoke workshops and educational activities for a diversity of needs and skill.

 

Sound Moves (2016)

Duration:
Number of people on road: 4 people
- Artistic director
- Creative producer
- Additional Tech/support Trouble shooter
- BSL interpreter
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

Developing a 'portable' of SoundMoves; Chisato Minamimura's new participatory live interface which generates striking animated visuals responding to participant’s movement and sounds. Showcasing/distributing this through demos, workshops & installations across a high profile programme of
• international digital & disability art festivals
• mid/small scale theatre venues and
• centres for people with learning disabilities

 

Extra information

Possible Packages
- Installation
- Workshops

Requirements
- Local Sign Language interpreter to complement our British Sign Language Interpreter
- Travel, accommodation and meals needed for the team (4 people)
- All technical equipment to be provided by the venue (ask to Sarah Pickthall)

Wrap-around work

 

I am interested in working with a range of collaborators and commissioning partners to further explore and develop my interests:
+ exploring visual music / sound through choreography and digital art forms
+ showing my existing and emerging dance works in a range of contexts: e.g. in theatres, galleries, museums, arts centres, outdoors or in other non-theatre spaces.
+ choreographing for professional and student / youth dance companies, including site-specific projects.
+ providing workshops and choreographic residencies for non-professional dancers and students of all abilities.

Minamimura is interested in working with a range of collaborators and commissioning partners to further explore and develop her interests:

+ exploring visual music / sound through choreography and digital art forms

+ showing my existing and emerging dance works in a range of contexts: e.g. in theatres, galleries, museums, arts centres, outdoors or in other non-theatre spaces.

+ choreographing for professional and student / youth dance companies, including site-specific projects.

+ providing workshops and choreographic residencies for non-professional dancers and students of all abilities.

Press Comments & Testimonials

Scored in Silence

Review: Scored in Silence, Ovalhouse Theatre, 21 July 2019, Melissa Mostyn

msmelissamostyn.com/2019/07/28/review-scored-in-silence-ovalhouse-theatre-21st-july-2019/

 

Feature: Deaf Digital Solo Show on Hiroshima prepares for its British Council Edinburgh Showcase, 26 July 2019, Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online

disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/deaf-digital-solo-show-on-hiroshima-prepares-for-its-british-council-edinburgh-showcase

Review: Scored in Silence, Ovalhouse Theatre, "How should we tell stories that matter?", July 2019, Alice Baldock, Japan Society of the UK

japansociety.org.uk/46853/scored-in-silence

Review: Scored in Silence – a physical retelling of the story of Hiroshima from the unique perspective of deaf survivors, 29 September 2018, Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online

disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/scored-in-silence-a-physical-retelling-of-the-story-of-hiroshima-from-the-unique-perspective-of-deaf-survivors

Ring the Changes

Review: Ring the Changes, Disability Arts Online, 2014, Sarah Pickthall

disabilityartsonline.org.uk/unlimited-2014-chisato-minamimura-ring-the-changes