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Chisato Minamimura is a professional dance artist and BSL (British Sign Language) art guide.

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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Scored in Silence (2018) is a new digital artwork designed for small performance spaces in museums and galleries, and explores the hidden perspectives of deaf hibakusha – the survivors of the atom bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and their lived experiences at the time and thereafter.  A few still living, Chisato has collected their stories and those of deaf hibakusha, now departed and these memories alongside footage from the time and will score and shared in a new artwork of striking originality, for all to experience and understand.

Scored in Silence will build on Chisato’s digital enquiry in particular to Chisato’s work in immersive kinaesthetic environments that blend movement, sound, vibration and sign language – the hallmark of  Chisato’s artistic career to date with Chisato, drawing on the success of Chisato’s performance in Passages of Time (2016) at the helm of the digital artwork.

‘beguiling’
‘other worldly’
‘like nothing else I’ve ever experienced’
‘deafness in all its idiosyncrasy’.

Laurence Hill, Brighton Digital Festival Director – Passages of Time 2016