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Chisato Minamimura

Chisato Minamimura is Deaf performance artist, choreographer and BSL art guide, born in Japan, now based in London.

Chisato has created, performed and delivered dance workshops in over 40 locations across 20 countries, including 3 years (2003-2006) as a company member of Candoco. Previously, she has performed in aerial works with Graeae Theatre, and as part of the London Paralympic Opening Ceremony, 2012 and Rio, 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad.

Chisato’s artistic work explores ideas which centre on presenting authentic voices and in finding ways of artistically representing alternative perspectives in sensorial ways. She approaches choreography from her unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/music’.

Through this work, Chisato has developed an understanding of vibro-technology, implementing this to find ways of presenting soundscapes to d/Deaf and hearing audiences. Alongside international artists working in sound, projection, vibration and animation, Chisato often uses mathematical scores to create choreography, enhancing the experience of dance without music.


Twitter: @CMinamimura

Instagram: @chisatominamimura

Chisato wears a white dress and has short dark bobbed hair, She works taking apart a piano in a gallery foyer. A man in the background is filming her on his mobile phone.

Image: Deaf for 4’33’’ by Chisato Minamimura. Image Credit: Michael Kitchin

Chisato was one of 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists to take part in the DASH award winning project: We Are Invisible We Are Visible (WAIWAV).

The artists staged Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on 2 July 2022 only​​​​​​​, marking the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin.

Chisato's intervention, 'Deaf for 4’33’’ ' took place at Firstsite, Colchester.
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