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.

  • 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/

Trailer for Passages of Time

Productions

Ring the Changes+ (2014)

Duration: 30 minutes (approximately)
Number of people on road: 8 people
- Artistic director
- Creative producer
- Three dancers
- Digital artist
- Technical manager
- BSL interpreter
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

RING THE CHANGES+ is a digital dance performance created by deaf dance artist Chisato Minamimura with 3 dancers, in collaboration with Nick Rothwell and body>data>space

Chisato Minamimura is a deaf dance artist born in Japan and based in London. As a deaf choreographer, Chisato is fascinated by the possibility of seeing sound and engaging hearing and non-hearing audiences in a shared visual and sense experience.

Chisato approached digital pioneers body>data>space and software artist Nick Rothwell in 2013 to integrate today’s digital technologies and their advanced potential to her exploration of ‘visual sound’ choreography.

Throughout this collaboration, mathematics has been a common language between the artists. Nick’s coding algorithms are a creative response to Chisato’s mathematical score of space and movement, as the work is a dialog between the sound produced by the dancers‘ movements and generative digital visuals.

RING THE CHANGES+ is performed by three dancers, including one hard-hearing dancer, and Nick who is the fourth live performer of this show, playing real-time with code. RING THE CHANGES+ is an invitation to experience with you own perception a playful exploration of visual sound, the result of a unique collaboration between dance and digital artists, hearing and non-hearing sensibilities.  

RING THE CHANGES+ is available for touring after its Premiere at the Southbank Centre as part of Unlimited Festival (5th September 2014) Supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland

Extra information

Possible Packages
- Performance
- Performance + Q&A
- Workshops with Chisato Minamimura and/or Nick Rothwell (both well experienced trainers), for disabled and/or non disabled participants, all levels of abilities and age. Possible workshops include: Dance and physical expression, Exploring physical sound, Coding and programming for performance (…). Workshops and educational activities can be bespoke to your needs and participants.

Requirements
- Local Sign Language interpreter to complement our British Sign Language Interpreter
- Travel, accommodation and meals needed for the team (8 people)
- All technical equipment to be provided by the venue (ask to Sarah Pickthall)

Passage of Time (2016)

Duration: 45 minutes (approximately)
Number of people on road: 8 people for performance
- Artistic director
- Creative producer
- Three dancers
- Technical manager
- Technical supporter
- BSL interpreter

4 people for installation
-Artistic director
-Creative producer
-Technical manager
-TBSL interpreter
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

‘Music is the passage of time through Sound' – Peter Maxwell Davies
In 2015, Chisato developed a new score TIME which explored the embodiment of string orchestration cadence and canon with music specialist alongside musician and teacher Michael Spencer http://sound-strategies.co.uk
In 2016, Passages of TIME has moved these early stages forward, exploring sound and vibration through different medium: air, solid and liquid, weaving in Chisato’s own lived experience and how for example she experiences rainfall through olfactory: smell, taste and vibration of surfaces for the piece. Our aim is to build 2 scales of the work to increase potential for touring in a diversity of dance non-dance spaces making:
• Passages of Time PERFORMANCE (live dance/mixed media) working with:
• TIME ‘CAPSULE’ (dance for camera/mixed media) – in process a more portable version of Passages of Time for showcase in theatres, galleries with non live performative elements

Passages of Time will be showcased within a 2 day programme at Brighton Digital Festival 2016 on the 3rd & 4th September 2016 – 4pm and 7pm

 

Extra information

Possible Packages
- Performance
- Performance + Q&A
- Workshops
- installation.

Requirements
- Local Sign Language interpreter to complement our British Sign Language Interpreter
- Travel, accommodation and meals needed for the team (8 people / 4 people)
- All technical equipment to be provided by the venue (ask to Sarah Pickthall)

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.

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