Sat 20 Feb to Sun 21 Feb

Scored in Silence - Chisato Minamimura

Filmed Performance & Live Online Discussion

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Using a unique blend of cutting-edge technology and choreography, Scored in Silence unpacks the hidden perspectives of Deaf people from the handful who survived the atomic bomb atrocity in Japan 1945.

On 6 August 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Three days later a second was dropped on Nagasaki. Both cities were destroyed, and thousands were killed instantly. More than 317,000 people were killed directly or indirectly by the bomb’s effects. Based on Minamimura’s original research, Scored in Silence captures the true accounts of those who lived through and survived this horrendous catastrophe.

Duration: Approx. 50 mins
Age Recommendation: 14+

Accessibility: There is a subtitled version and audio described version of Scored in Silence available. 


"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


Online Q&A: Sat 20 Feb, 7pm (GMT)

Join Scored in Silence Artistic Director and Performer Chisato Minamimura and Production Manager and Lighting Designer Jon Armstrong, for a live online accessible Q&A at 7pm (GMT). The Q&A will be hosted by Amy Bell, Artist Development Producer at The Place.

Accessibility: The live Q&A will be BSL interpreted.


How to watch Scored In Silence and the live Q&A

Scored In Silence will be available to watch online Sat 20 Feb, 6pm (GMT) - Sun 21 Feb, 6pm (GMT). The live online Q&A will be available to watch on Sat 20 Feb, 7pm (GMT).

​When you have booked you will be sent an E-Ticket to your registered email address (please check your spam folder), which will contain the necessary webpage link and password to enable you to access Scored In Silence as many times as you like until Sun 21 Feb, 6pm (GMT)and the Q&A on Sat 20 Feb at 7pm only.

Please note: If you do not receive an E-Ticket please contact

About Chisato Minamimura
Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf performance artist, born in Japan, now based in London. Chisato has created, performed and taught internationally, including 3 years (2003-2006) as a company member of CandoCo Dance Company. She has been involved in aerial performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony and Rio’s 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad. Chisato approaches choreography from her unique perspective as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/music’. 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 by creating visual sound.

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)
Filmmaker: Harvey Cash
Sign Mime Specialist: Tetsuya Izaki
Sign Language Mentor: Steven Webb
Audio Describer / Writer / Mentor: Willie Elliot
Costume Designer: Meredith Jones
Access Sound Mix: Joseph Thorpe
Project Accountant: Dafydd Jones
Film Voiceover: Andrea Newlan
Producer: Sarah Pickthall / Tom Curteis
Digital Technician: Joe Turnball
With special thanks to Mayumi Bono (National Institute of Informatics), Mami Kaneko, Tomoe Kurokawa, Fumie Nakagawa, Susumu Oya and Nursing Home: AwajiFukuro-no-Sato.

Times: Available to watch online from Sat 20 Feb, 6pm (GMT) - Sun 21 Feb, 6pm (GMT)
Duration: 50 mins
Venue: at The Place

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