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Chisato Minamimura is a professional conceptual dance choreographer, dance artist and BSL art presenter.
As a choreographer, I approach choreography from my unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what I call ‘visual sound/ music’.
I use a mathematical score in order to create my choreography and aim to enhance the experience of dance without using music but instead creating visual sound.
The point at which I start is the question: What is visual sound/ music ? from a deaf perspective.
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In 2015 I started working with digital disability producer and artist, Sarah Pickthall to unpack my thinking, artistic methods and dance practice as a unique deaf dance artist interested in the voices, perspectives and practice of disabled and deaf artists globally.
Supported in early stages by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in 2015 and with ongoing support from Arts Council England, our two current projects are now in their second period of R&D with a view to making them tour ready for 2017/18.
TIME – Passages of Time Following a development of Chisato’s new score alongside music culture specialist Michael Spencer in 2015, we are delighted to work in 2016 with sonic artist Danny Bright and lighting and production designer Jon Armstrong and our 3 dancers, Patricia Alcade Zafra, Kristina Alleyne and Nathan Goodman. With additional abstract film by Fiona Ring and Dave Packer, we showcased this new work in September 2016 at Spire Arts in Brighton as part of Brighton Digital Festival.
SoundMoves is a unique movement installation designed to visualise sound through movement
Commissioned by SprungDigi the first ever digital festival with people with learning disabilities in West Sussex, alongside animator Dave Packer and sound artist Wesley Goatley.
We are now back in the studio with Dave Packer over the Summer of 2016 to make SoundMoves into a portable installation.
SoundMoves – Portable has the potential for creating professional and community artworks instantly, building connection, confidence and cultural exchange and improving health and wellbeing. We will be showcasing SoundMoves in the autumn across theatre spaces and other places in East and West Sussex.