Chisato Minamimura

I am a Deaf performance artist and art guide born in Japan and now based in London. I trained at Trinity Laban in London. I have a BA in Japanese Painting and a MA from Yokohama National University.

I have created, promoted, performed and taught dance / movement in over 40 locations across 20 countries, with various performance projects including 3 years (2003 to 2006) as a company member of internationally renowned Candoco Dance Company. 

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

I approach choreography from my unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what I call ‘visual sound / music’. My practice meshes work in visual sound / music, Sign Mime, BSL art guide, digital and performance to explore human sensory experience.

My work is highly regarded and supported by a number of organisations including Arts Council England, British Council, Unlimited, Wellcome Trust and Disability Arts Online. I am fortunate to have received major commissions and funding to support the developmentand touring of my work. My work has attracted attention from national and international press through reviews, features, and interviews with TV, radio, print and online publications.

Chisato Minamimura – A Deaf Dancer’s Fifth Sense

Interview by Leslie Tale