24 June 2022 (Fri) 2:45pm (JST)
25 June 2022 (Sat) 1pm (JST) – There will be a Symposium after the Reading
*Doors open 30 mins prior
Waseda University Ono Memorial Auditorium for Waseda University Students and Staff
Online for all other audiences (free online event). Bookings taken here from 1 June 2022
Written by: Mayu Kanamori
Translation by: Keiji Sawada
Directed by: Kae Sugata
Sound Design by: Terumi Narushima
Marketing Design by: Chie Muraoka
Documentation & Streaming: Taro Koyama
Photographs by: Yasukichi Murakami Courtesy, Murakami Family Archives
Mayu Kanamori, Terumi Narushima, Kuni Hashimoto, Kae Sugata, Keiji Sawada, Keito Shiina, Takafumi Hanada, Hanae Ozawa
Presented by: Waseda University Global Education Centre
Supported by: The Australian Embassy, Tokyo
Born in Yokohama, graduated from the Department of English Literature, Faculty of Literature, Japan Women’s University. After directing 『マンザナ、わが町』 (Written by Hisashi Inoue; “Manzanar: Our Town”), she joined the Haiyuza Theatre Company’s Theatre Research Institute, and has since directed Australian plays, such as 『ハサミ、紙、石（じゃんけんぽん）』 (written by Daniel Keene, “Scissors, Paper, Rock”; translated by Keiji Sawada) as part of Haiyuza’s Bungei Direction Department’s newcomer presentation, and the Haiyuza Lab Performance of 『フューリアス～猛り狂う風～』(written by Michael Gow, “Furious”; translated by Keiji Sawada). She has also directed 『象』(written by Minoru Betsuyaku; “The Elephant”) at the Minoru Betsuyaku Festival as well as devised and directed Haiyuza Theatre Company’s reading of 『戦争とは…』(“Senso to Wa…. “). She is currently working with Haiyuza Theatre Company’s Department of Bungei (Arts and Literature) Direction.
Professor at Waseda University and winner of the 10th Yoshiko Yuasa Award for Theatre Translations. He is the author of 『オーストラリア先住民とパフォーマンス』(“Australian Indigenous People and Performance”, Tokyo University Press)『現代演劇と文化の混淆』(“Contemporary Theatre and Cultural Hybridity”, Waseda University Press). His translation work include the 『オーストラリア演劇叢書』(“Australian Drama Series” ①～⑭ ,Oceania Press), and more recently, 『ミス・タナカ』 (“Miss Tanaka”, Edo Ito Ayatsuri Ningyo: Youkiza), 『エブリマンとポールダンサーたち』(“Everyman & the Pole Dancers”, Shinjuku Ryozanpaku), 『ジャック・チャールズ vs 王冠』/ “Jack Charles V The Crown ” (Subtitle /Fuji no Kuni ? World Theatre Festival Shizuoka), 『ジャスパー・ジョーンズ』(“Jasper Jones” , Theatre Office Natori) , 『フューリアス～猛り狂う風～』(“Furious”), 『女と男とシェイクスピア』(“Dead White Males”), and 『面と向かって』(“Face to Face”) (Haiyuza), 『聖なる日』(“Holy Day” ) and 『リムーバリスト- 引っ越し屋 – 』(“The Removalists *) (Gekidan Haisho) and other works.
Sydney based storyteller working across mediums including theatre, performance, photography, video, installation, heritage interpretation, writing, and documentary making. Her performance works include “The Heart of the Journey”, “CHIKA: A Documentary Performance”, “Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens” and “You’ve Mistaken Me For A Butterfly”. Her photographic exhibitions include “Unseen Faces of Japan”, “Sugao no Australia” and “Teiju to wa Nandaro: Australia”. As a heritage interpreter, she has created the audio for Nyamba Buru Yawuru’s multi award winning “Jetty to Jetty Heritage Trail” and “Lustre: Pearling & Australia” with the WA Museum. Other works include “Cowra Voices” in Cowra, NSW and “In Repose”, in Broome, Townsville and on Thursday Island. As a radio producer , she has received a commendation for United Nations Association of Victoria Media Peace Award Promotion of Multicultural Issues, Broome NAIDOC Non Indigenous Reconciliation Award and has been a finalist for Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. She is a board member of The Koto Music Institute of Australia and a member of Nikkei Australia.
“We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important, which ones matter?”
Japanese photographer, entrepreneur and inventor Yasukichi Murakami was the talk of the town in Broome and Darwin in the early 1900s, until the outbreak of the Second World War saw him and his family, like all Japanese in Australia, interned as enemy aliens. Murakami’s photographs were impounded and subsequently lost.
Using photographic projections, video, original music, soundscape, and dramatic action, Japanese-Australian photographer and writer Mayu Kanamori goes in search of Murakami’s lost photographs. Uncovering a fascinating story of unlikely friendships, thwarted ambition and unrequited love,Yasukichi Murakami stirs our collective amnesia about the history of the Japanese in Australia.
Yasukichi Murakami is a meditation on love, truth and, in a digital age where cameras proliferate, the nature of photography.
Created and written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music and sound design by Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Visual Design Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha
Dramturgic Consultant Yuji Sone
Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto with Yumi Umiumare
Produced by Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4a
19 August. 2014, 8:15pm
20 August, 2014, 6pm and 8:15pm (two shows)
Brown’s Mart Theatre
Shinju Matsuri Festival, Broome http://www.shinjumatsuri.com.au/events/murakami-project
05 September 2014, 7:30pm
06 September 2014, 7:30pm
06 Septmember 2014 Artist Talk Time TBA
09 September. 2014. 7:30pm followed by Artist Talk 8:45pm
10 September, 2014, 7:30pm
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Stables Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company
10-21 February, 2015. 7 pm Mon-Fri; 2 pm and 7 pm Sat
16-19 March, 2016 7:30 pm; Thursday 12 pm and 7:30 pm; Sat 2:30 and 7:30[,
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; Japan Foundation, Sydney, and Playwriting Australia.
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