love through the lens of a ghost
Japanese born Yasukichi Murakami arrived in Australia in 1897 and became a photographer, entrepreneur and inventor in Broome then Darwin. In 1941 he and his family were arrested as enemy aliens. He died in internment.
Contemporary photographer and performance maker Mayu Kanamori tells the story of her search for Murakami's photographs in a new work combining photographic projections, video, narration, music and performance. If photographs are moments frozen in time, then Murakami, the performance, unlocks those moments with the warmth of memory, family, humour and truth. What begins as a search for the past becomes a quest for immortality.
Darwin Festival and OzAsia Festival are keen to program Murakami in 2014, but in order for us to be ready, we need to raise the funds for our rehearsals. Here's your chance to support the creation of an exciting new work. Please contribute to our Pozible campaign .
Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music by Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Murakami is developed with the assistance of the Federal Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council; Creative Ecologies Lab, Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University; the Northern Territory Government; and Playwriting Australia.
IMAGE: Courtesy MURAKAMI FAMILY ARCHIVES