Scored in Silence

“Scored in Silence” is a new solo digital performance that unpacks the hidden perspectives of Deaf people from the handful that survived the horrors of the atomic bomb atrocity in Japan in 1945. Survivors of the A-bomb are known as ‘hibakusha’. 

The work is based on my research and original film of elderly Deaf people with lived experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I bring these untold narratives into stark relief, touching upon the atrocity of the event and its aftermath including the layers of discrimination experienced by these isolated members of Japanese society. At the heart of the show is cutting-edge visual and vibration technology: Woojer™ straps worn by audience members offer a tactile vibrotactility of the haunting sound composition; and Holo-Gauze™ a projection material that creates a 3D holographic illusion, reflecting the live performance, sign-mime, animation and film footage of Deaf hibakusha.

This artwork is one of a kind, strikingly original, providing new ways for all to experience and understand and learn lessons from the nuclear A-Bomb onslaught in 1945 and why it must not be allowed to happen again.

“Scored in Silence” is available for booking as a live show for one-off and multiple performances in the UK, Europe and internationally. 

We also have a digital package for “Scored in Silence” consisting of a full-length film, short film extracts and Q&A with the team, which can be booked for physical and online screenings, exhibitions and installations in venues such as galleries, museums and libraries, and for festivals. 

For the “Scored in Silence” live show, we employ 50 Woojer™ vibration straps worn on the body for audience members to feel the haunting soundscape and vibrational composition. The work also employs Holo-Gauze™ projection that meshes Chisato’s sign mime performance with stunning animation.

For physical screenings, exhibitions and installations of the film versions, we are able to provide Woojer™ straps for audiences. 

For booking enquiries, please contact Producer Tom Curteis at [email protected].

“Lucky to catch Scored in Silence, a remarkable digital art work at Greenside Venue Edinburgh Fringe by Chisato Minamimura about the untold stories of deaf people who survived the Hiroshima Atomic bomb. It brilliantly blends sound, light, animation, vibration and sign language.” 

Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England

“The testimonies defy the imagination; witness to the falling of black rain on a landscape filled with corpses. It is a powerful and heartbreaking piece of storytelling, emphasising the isolation experienced by deaf people.” 

Colin Hambrook, Editor, Disability Arts Online

“The story was very moving, and your performance was incredibly powerful and thought-provoking.” 

Antonio Benitez, Director, Manchester Science Festival
Chisato Minamimura: Scored in Silence – Documenting Deaf Perspectives

Reviews

Ian Abbott, Writing About Dance

Alice Baldock, The Japan Society

Melissa Mostyn

Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online

Interviews

Giverny Masso, The Stage

Kate Lovell, Disability Arts Online

Rebecca A Withey, Limping Chicken

Credits

  • Artistic Director / Performer: Chisato Minamimura
  • Animator: Dave Packer
  • Lighting and Production: Designer Jon Armstrong 
  • Sonic Artist: Danny Bright
  • Vibrotactile Specialists: David Bobier /Jim Ruxton (VibrafusionLab)
  • Costume Designer: Meredith Jones
  • Sign Mime Specialist: Tetzuya Izaki
  • Sign Language Mentor: Steve Web
  • Audio Describer / Writer / Mentor: William Elliot
  • Project Accountant: Dafydd Jones
  • Filmmaker: Harvey Cash
  • Producer: Sarah Pickthall / Tom Curteis

Film

  • Voiceover: Andrea Newlan
  • Access Sound Mix: Joseph Thorpe

Performances

  • 2020, the 3rd International Seminar on Cultural Management: Future Scenarios – a 24-hour online full length film screening and discussion, the Centre Gabriela Mistral, GAM, Chile
  • 2020, Hiroshima Day excerpt – a 24-hour online film screening of an extract
  • 2019, Carthage Theatre Days Festival, Tunis and Sfax, Tunisia
  • 2019, Screening of “Scored in Silence”: Artistic Documentary, the Disabled and Proud Festival, London, UK
  • 2019, BSL interpreted livestream of Scored in Silence – Documenting Deaf Perspective, Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol, UK
  • 2019, British Council Edinburgh Showcase, Greenside, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2019, Film Premiere, Artist Talk – Hiroshima Day and Workshops, Ditchling Museum, UK
  • 2019, Ovalhouse, London, UK
  • 2019, The School of Digital and Performing Arts at Fanshawe College, London, Canada
  • 2018, Manchester Science Festival, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK
  • 2018, Brighton Digital Festival, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, UK

Funded by

Arts Council England, Canada Council for the Arts, The Great Britain SASAKAWA Foundation and British Council

Supported / Partnered by

VibrafusionLab, Fanshawe, Ovalhouse Theatre, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and Cuspinc

Special thanks

Mayumi Bono (National Institute of Informatics), Mami Kaneko, Tomoe Kurokawa, Fumie Nakagawa, Susumu Oya and Nursing Home: AwajiFukuro-no-Sato