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.
Passages of Time Following a development of Chisato’s new score alongside music culture specialist Michael Spencer in 2015, we were 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 at Spire Arts in Brighton as part of Brighton Digital Festival in 2016.
SoundMoves – Portable is a portable installation that converts sound and movement into gorgeous light animations generated by people moving and making noise in space. Developed by Chisato, SoundMoves is accessible to a diversity of users.
SoundMoves was shown at BYOB – Bring Your Own Beamer – Brighton and TEDxBrighton in 2017.