Yasukichi Murakami

Through a Distant Lens

As part of  Darwin Festival


When: Tue 19 Aug 8.15pm
Wed 20 Aug 6pm & 8.15pm

Duration: 1hr 15mins

Where: Brown’s Mart Theatre

Tickets: Full $36
Conc & Group (8+) $30

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. What begins as a search for the past becomes a quest for immortality.

Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music by Terumi Narushima
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Visual Design  Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha

Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto
with Yumi Umiumare

Produced by Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4a

IMAGE: Miho Watanabe

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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.


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