Yasukichi Murakami

Through a Distant Lens

Created by Mayu Kanamori and Directed by Malcolm Blaylock

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre in association with Darwin Festival
The OzAsia Festival


When: Tue 9 Sep 7.30pm
Wed 10 Sep 7.30pm

Duration: 1hr 15mins

Where: Space Theatre


2014 Subscriber Adult $35.00

2014 Subscriber Conc $30.00



Groups 6+$35.00

Child (2-12 years)$20.00

GreenRoom $20.00

Based on the true story of Japanese-Australian photographer Yasukichi Murakami, what begins as a search for the past, becomes a quest for immortality in Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens.

The historical muse of this work, Yasukichi Murakami, lived with his wife and their nine children amongst Darwin’s high society in pre-World War II. Settled in Australia for more than 40 years, Murakami was well known and respected as a photographer, entrepreneur and inventor, until the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

A multidisciplinary performance work, utilising photographic projections, video, narration, dramatic action, original music and soundscape, creator Mayu Kanamori seeks to unravel the loss of collective memory caused by war between the country of her birth and her migratory homeland.


Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music by Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie 
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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