Artist

Chisato MINAMIMURA

Chisato MINAMIMURA

Scored in Silence 2019 Image: Mark Pickthall

INTRODUCTION

Scored in Silence

Scored in Silence digitizes the performance of the voices of deaf hibakusha victims who survived the horror and devastation of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Her performance brings together body, sound, lighting, animation, and sign language with recordings of hibakusha speaking about their experiences at the time of the bombings. She carefully unravels their stories, telling the tragedy of war in an entirely new way. While this marks its first production in Japan, it has been performed in the UK, Canada, Korea, Tunisia, Chile, and Mexico. Despite being deaf, Minamimura joined the Candoco Dance Company, a world-renowned dance group where disabled and non-disabled people perform together. In recent years, however, she has used media to create cutting-edge digital video works like this one, becoming interested in bridging the gap between sight and sound, between physical expression and a world without sound.

PROFILE

Born in Japan; lives and works in London, UK. Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf performance artist, choreographer & art guide. Minamimura has created, performed and taught dance in over 40 locations across 20 countries, including 3 years (2003-2006) as a company member of the internationally renowned CandoCo Dance Company. She has also performed in aerial productions with Graeae Theatre Company, and as part of the London Paralympic Opening Ceremony in 2012, and the 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad in Rio, Brazil. Minamimura approaches choreography from her unique perspective as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound’. By collaborating with international digital artists working in sound, projection, vibration and animation, Minamimura often uses mathematical scores to create her choreography with professional dancers and aims to enhance the experience of dance and performance without sound, instead creating visual music. Minamimura is currently an associate Work Place Artist at The Place, one of London’s leading contemporary dance performance venues.