Scored in Silence
Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf dance artist and choreographer based in the UK, who danced with Candoco for three years. Her own work brings a unique Deaf perspective to dance and music. She explores the visualisation of sound, the relationship between sign language and mime, and the latest digital technology. She uses technology to enable both d/Deaf and hearing audiences to experience music and sound in new ways. Minamimura has received commissions from Unlimited and Brighton Digital Festival.
A striking solo performance, Scored in Silence investigates the dropping of atom bombs on Japan in 1945 and uncovers hidden stories. Through narration, films and found footage, Japanese d/Deaf people remember the experience of the atom bombs and tell moving stories of how their lives were affected. The work was developed with Canada’s Vibrafusion Lab. It features projected 3D projection, animation, film and a haunting sound composition that audience members feel through vibrating straps around their bodies. This is an imaginative piece of documentary dance theatre that shares untold stories of discrimination, disenfranchisement and survival.
Scored in Silence is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In the press
"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, Manchester Science Festival Director
DirectorArtistic Director: Chisato Minamimura
DesignerStage, Light and Projection Designer: Jon Armstrong, Soundscape Designer: Danny Bright, Animation: Dave Packer, Producer: Sarah Pickthall
Number of people on stage1
Number of people in touring company4-5 (including 1 BSL interpreter)
Up to 20 Woojers in a large case and hand held Holo-Guaze
Touring AvailabilityFrom October 2019
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space5m x 6m (more details available on request)
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
VenueGreenside – Emerald Theatre, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
Production dates19–23 AUGUST
Production times1010–1110 (including intro re: tech use)
Contact for touring
Sarah Pickthall, firstname.lastname@example.org and Nicole Watson, email@example.com
The company offer conversations about the process, short talks and demos re: Woojer straps.