ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH DARWIN FESTIVAL
AND SHINJU MATSURI FESTIVAL OF THE PEARL PRESENT
Through A Distant Lens
What begins as a search for the past becomes a quest for immortality.
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. Their belongings were impounded, and his photographs were lost. Murakami 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.
Watch the new TRAILER .
Aug 19 - 8.15pm
Aug 20 - 6.00pm & 8.15pm
Shinju Matsuri Festival
Sep 5 & 6 - 7.30pm
Sep 9 - 7.30pm followed by Artist Talk
Sep 10 - 7.30pm
Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music/Sound Design Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Visual Design Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha
Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto
with Yumi Umiumare
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; the Japan Foundation and Playwriting Australia.
IMAGE: Arisa Yura as "Mayu" photo by Miho Watanabe