YASUKICHI MURAKAMI – THROUGH A DISTANT LENS by Mayu Kanamori
16 March – 19 March 2016
Corner Church and Market Streets
This is a forgotten story of the Japanese in Australia.
“We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important? Which ones matter?”
Inspired by the true story of Yasukichi Murakami, a Japanese-Australian photographer, entrepreneur and inventor who was a remarkable character in northern Australia in the early 1900s, this multi-disciplinary work is a contemporary framing of Murakami’s life through the lens of modern day Japanese-Australian theatre maker Mayu Kanamori.
Along the way she uncovers a fascinating story of unlikely friendships, thwarted ambition and love. The play stirs our collective amnesia about the history of the Japanese in Australia.
Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens is a meditation on love, immortality, and in a digital age where cameras proliferate, the nature of photography. Combining live action with photographic projections, video, original music and soundscape, it is an immersive and poetic production, which adds significantly to the slim volume of Japanese Australian work for the stage.
This production will be accompanied by a photo exhibition in the foyer.
“A compelling and always absorbing work. Highly recommended.”– Stage Noise
Wednesday 16 March 7:30pm
Thursday 17 March 12pm (Plus Q&A) & 7:30pm
Friday 18 March 7:30pm
Saturday 19 March 2:15pm & 7:30pm
Writer/ Original Concept
Composer/ Sound Designer/ Musician
Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4a
Yumi Umiumare (on video)