Chisato Minamimura

 A woman on a dark stage bent over. There is a large projection of hand on hand in the background.

Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019.

A photograph from Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019, depicting a woman wearing a white gown, bending over. She is on a dark stage with a large projection of hand on hand in the background.

 A woman on a dark stage looking upwards and with raised arms.

Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019.

A photograph from Scored In Silence, Chisato Minamimura, 2019, depicting a woman wearing a white gown, standing on a dark stage looking upwards and with raised arms.

Latest Video

Scored in Silence Trailer. Scored in Silence is a new solo digital performance that unpacks the hidden perspectives of Deaf people from the handful that survived the horrors of the atomic bomb atrocity in Japan in 1945. Survivors of the A-bomb are known as ‘hibakusha’.

The work is based on my research and original film of elderly Deaf people with lived experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I bring these untold narratives into stark relief, touching upon the atrocity of the event and its aftermath including the layers of discrimination experienced by these isolated members of Japanese society. At the heart of the show is cutting-edge visual and vibration technology: Woojer™ straps worn by audience members offer a tactile vibrotactility of the haunting sound composition; and Holo-Gauze™ a projection material that creates a 3D holographic illusion, reflecting the live performance, sign-mime, animation and film footage of Deaf hibakusha.

Brass Retold Trailer. In 2021 Durham Brass festival commissioned Chisato Minamimura to research and make a piece of work, which reflected her response to Durham, brass music and the history of brass with Durham communities. She created a new documentary film, BRASS:RETOLD. Capturing the experiences from her residency in Durham, the film explored brass music from a unique sensory perspective, uncovering historical and cultural narratives around this iconic musical style and the communities with whom it is so closely connected.

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