About Chisato

Photographs by Mark Pickthall

ABOUT CHISATO

I am a deaf dance artist and an art guide born in Japan and now based in London.

Having trained at Trinity Laban in London, I went on to secure an MA at Yokohama National University. I also have a BA in Japanese Painting.

I have created, promoted, performed and taught dance in over 40 locations across 20 countries, including during my 3 years (2003 – 2006) as a company member of internationally renowned CandoCo Dance Company.

I have been involved in Aerial Performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad.

I approach choreography from her unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/ music’.

I work with international cutting edge digital artists working in sound, projection, vibration and animation.

I often use mathematical scores to create her choreography with professional dancers and aims to enhance the experience of dance and performance without using music but instead creating visual sound.

My most recent touring work includes Scored in Silence a digital artwork that opened the Brighton Digital Festival, 2018, Manchester Science Festival, 2018 and programmed by the British Council to be performed in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.  Designed for small performance spaces in museums and galleries, the work unpacks the hidden perspectives of deaf hibakusha, survivors of the atom bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and their experiences at the time and thereafter.

PRACTICE

My main interest is in choreographing what I call a ‘visual score’ as I cannot hear audio music. I enjoy exploring music by interviewing hearing people and reading books about it. Through this process, I have created my own numerical / notational scores.

Dancers have commented on how enriching and inspiring my process of creation is; my approach to choreography, as a Deaf artist, brings a new dimension.

I am therefore currently interested in working with a range of collaborators and commissioning partners to further explore and develop my interests by:

  • exploring visual music / sound through choreography and digital art or others.
  • showing my existing and emerging dance works in a range of contexts: eg. in theatres, galleries, museums, arts centres, outdoors or in other non-theatre spaces.
  • choreographing for professional and student / youth dance companies,
  • including for site-specific projects.
  • providing workshops and choreographic residencies for non-professional
  • dancers and students of all abilities