This month we had the privilege of welcoming Chisato Minamimura and her team to Pavilion Dance.  Chisato, a talented deaf Japanese artist, is the creator of an exciting set of stories called Mark of a Woman, which premieres at The Place in London this November. 

‘Mark of a Woman’ tells the untold historical true stories of female tattooists and female tattoos and their roles in society and throughout history. 

Chisato’s ambition for the show is to create accessibility not only to the deaf community, but also the visually impaired and blind, through Audio Description, British Sign Language and vibrotactile technology.

We invited along Gareth from the Dorset Blind Association as an Audio consultant, who sat alongside Audio describer, Willie Elliott, during the performance to feedback on his experience.  Here’s what Gareth wrote:

I was recently offered the opportunity by Dorset Blind Association to be an Audio Consultant at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Dance theatre for this exciting new performance.

With the aid of seamless Audio Description from Willie Elliott and BSL (British Sign Language) from Susan Merrick, visual technology and sound effects I was able to completely immerse myself in the performance and follow the stories being told from start to finish, despite not being able to see much myself. The performance boasts visual vernacular, digital animation, kinetic projection, and Woojer Technology.

The undertaking of such a diverse and inclusive performance is astounding and incredible to witness and experience firsthand. I can’t envisage anything other than ‘Mark of a Woman’ being a huge success when it premieres.

A massive thank you to Jeanette Hinton (Performance Producer), Victor Fung (Artistic Director and Joint CEO) and the rest of the team at Pavilion Dance for an amazing experience and for taking such good care of me 🙏. All the best for opening night.

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