Returning to Sydney

RIVERSIDE THEATRES PRESENTS
A PERFORMANCE 4A PRODUCTION

YASUKICHI MURAKAMI –  THROUGH A DISTANT LENS                              by Mayu Kanamori

16 March – 19 March 2016

Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres

Corner Church and Market Streets
Parramatta NSW

Arisa Yura in Yasukichi Murakami - Through a Distant Lens. Photo by Mayu Kanamori

Arisa Yura in Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens. Photo by Mayu Kanamori

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

Dates & Times:
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
Mayu Kanamori

Director
Malcolm Blaylock

Dramaturge
Jane Bodie

Composer/ Sound Designer/ Musician
Terumi Narushima

Visual Design
Mic Gruchy

Lighting Design
Benjamin Brockman

Producer
Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4a

With
Arisa Yura
Kuni Hashimoto
Yumi Umiumare (on video)

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One thought on “Returning to Sydney

  1. I’m doing some private research on Mr.Yasukichi Murakmi and interested to know the specifics of his arrest on 8/12/41 in Darwin, his internment initially as a pow, then his death at Tatura in ’44. Was anyone deemed to have been responsible for the indignity that befell him and his family and their subsequent cruel separation in the Int. camps four, seven and fourteen from ’41 to ’46. Was there ever question of a Kataki-Uchi retribution for this and who might have arranged it. Could it have been the same well known Darwin/Cairns identity who borrowed the diving suit album in the 1970s. Thank you. js

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