To mark the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima Day, Chisato Minmimura releases an excerpt of Scored in Silence for 24-hours only
An excerpt of Scored in Silence will be available from Thursday 6 August 2020 from 12:15am BST
Chisato Minamimura's Scored in Silence is a striking solo performance that investigates the dropping of atom bombs on Japan in 1945 and uncovers hidden stories. The show is based on original research that Minamimura carried out in Japan to capture d/Deaf Japanese survivors’s stories. The hibakusha, as survivors of the A-bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known, tell moving stories of their experience of the atomic bomb and the effect it has had on the rest of their lives. All but one of the survivors are now dead.
Scored in Silence preserves their stories through narration, films and found footage. Minamimura skilfully fuses their stories with performance, British Sign Language, animation and film – using technology to enable both d/Deaf and hearing audiences to experience music and sound in new ways.
An extract from Scored in Silence will be available here and on YouTube for 24-hours only, on Thursday 6 August 2020 from 12:15am BST, to mark the time when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
'It’s been vital for me to continue telling these stories to international audiences'
Image: Mark Pickthall
Chisato Minamimura is a UK-based deaf Japanese artist, who is both Artistic Director and Performer for Scored in Silence. Her 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.
'Despite lockdown and restrictions at theatres and cinemas, it’s been vital for me to commemorate 2020 as the 75th anniversary of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to continue telling these stories to international audiences', says Minamimura. 'With coronavirus, we are seeing similar inequalities and higher contagion rates for the disabled community in the UK and globally.'
We hope you'll join us this Hiroshima Day to watch an extract from Scored in Silence. A screening of the full-length work – including a post-show Q&A – will be screened on 11 November 2020 to mark Remembrance Day.
After forming part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase 2019, Scored in Silence toured to Tunisia and, Covid-19 restrictions permitting, will travel to Canada in 2021. In the meantime these screenings will once again bring to life the stories of the hibakusha.
The Scored in Silence excerpt is 5.09 minutes long, available in English with and without English captions, and is suitable for ages 14 & up.
Find out more:
> Watch a trailer for Scored in Silence
> Watch an interview with Chisato Minamimura