SCOT was created from the sign name (a sign- language name that Deaf people give to each other) of a dance teacher, Scott. The piece was developed from one note. Then, two dancers’ arm movements became notes, each one following the visual score. From a simple movement, a complex piece of work emerged as the dancers needed to control both mind and body.
Choreographer: Chisato Minamimura
Performers: Stine Nilsen, Chisato Minamimura
Length: approx 12 minutes
Oct 2007 the Deaf Ethnic Cultural MELA @ London
Jan 2007 Resolution! 2007 @ the Place, London
Chisato Minamimura’s SCOT was one of those rare Resolution! treasures; an intelligent, well-crafted gem. Standing facing each other, two women interwove sweeping arm gestures, leaving calligraphic traces in the space between them. In silence a pattern of curves and arcs developed its own rhythm, the cycles of repetition occasionally augmented with a flourishing stroke, or a shift into another square of light. Deceptively simple, the sparse complexity of the structure required the dancers to remain always in active communication, their open concentration drawing us as audience into this dialogue. Minamimura’s stated intention was to share a deaf perspective on sound, but she also succeeded in presenting a beautifully clear composition, both minimal and engagingly playful.
by Martin Hargreaves, the editor of Dance Theatre Journal
I started creating ‘visual scores’ as a British represented choreographer, Jonathan Burrows suggested it. It was very simple score and different from the musical one as I did not know how to create it. There are short lines in place of musical notes and each bar is of a different length of time.