I am a Deaf performance artist and BSL (British Sign Language) art guide working globally with a particular interest in the visualisation of sound and music from my Deaf perspective, and using digital to share my experience of sensory perception and human encounters.
Current project: Scored in Silence
“Scored in Silence” is my new Digital Solo Performance, an artistic documentary that unpacks the untold tales of deaf hibakusha – survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 – and their experiences at the time.
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Three days later an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Both cities were destroyed and between 120,000 and 155,000 people were killed instantly with a total of 317,000 killed directly or indirectly by the bomb’s effects.
“Scored in Silence” was selected for the British Council Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase in 2019, and subsequently toured to Tunisia as part of the Carthage Theatre Day’s festival, where I performed in both Tunis and the city of Sfax.
Workshops and Talks
14:00 – 16:00, 29 October 2020: MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE #5 Beyond Scotland
The Make It Accessible online events have taught that there are lots of people interested in making accessible work, and that there are many examples of innovative practice throughout Scotland. The next Make It Accessible is guided by two questions: What’s happening elsewhere? What can we learn from the work of others?
Chisato will present her digital solo performance “Scored in Silence”.
The working group is facilitated by Bird of Paradise Theatre Company and Andy Edwards.
Scored In Silence Digital Season 2020
9 – 10 November 2020: No Limits Festival 2020
A 48 hours On/Offline screening of “Scored in Silence” organised by the Korea Disability Arts & Culture Center, Seoul, Korea
11 November 2020, Remembrance Day: for the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Japan, London-based deaf Japanese artist Chisato Minamimura will be screening the full-length film version of “Scored in Silence” with Q&A.
For more information, please subscribe to Chisato Minamimura’s YouTube channel, where we will be sharing details shortly.
Digital Movement Workshop
April 2021: with SoundMoves, at Sophiensæle, Berlin, Germany
Sumida River in Sign Language
19 June 2021: performance at Kings Place, London, UK
Scored In Silence Canada Tour