Scored in Silence
by Chisato Minamimura
Co-presented with the DAN School of Music and Drama
Scored in Silence is a solo sign language performance by London-based Deaf Japanese artist Chisato Minamimura. The show unpacks the hidden perspectives of Deaf people from the small number that survived the horrors of the atomic bomb atrocity in Japan in 1945. Survivors of the A-bomb are known as “hibakusha,” and the final performance is based on a period of research, interviews and original films of elderly Deaf people with lived experiences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Minamimura brings 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.
ASL Interpretation: This show is performed in ASL and voiced by interpreters.
Artistic Director/Performer – Chisato Minamimura
Producer – Michael Kitchin
Lighting Designer and Production Manager – Jon Armstrong
Animator – Dave Packer
Sonic Artist – Danny Bright
Audio Describer / Writer / Mentor – William Elliot
Vibrotactile Specialists – David Bobier/Jim Ruxton (VibrafusionLab)
Sign Mime Specialist – Tetsuya Izaki
Sign Language Mentor – Steven Webb
Scored in Silence is funded by Arts Council England, Canada Council for the Arts, The Great Britain SASAKAWA Foundation and British Council, and made possible with support from VibrafusionLab, Fanshawe, Ovalhouse Theatre, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and Cuspinc
Photo by Mark Pickthall