Yasukichi Murakami  (Photo courtesy of the MURAKAMI FAMILY ARCHIVES)
Yasukichi Murakami
(Photo courtesy of the MURAKAMI FAMILY ARCHIVES)

Performance 4a, the home of Asian-Australian performance, and producer of the recent Sydney Festival sell out hit, The Serpent’s Table, is pleased to announce our latest project: Murakami.

We have just launched our first Pozible campaign, for this exciting new theatre work, to take Murakami to Darwin Festival!

Guess what that means? We need your support! Give us money! That’s right. For the price of a few overpriced drinks at a Sydney bar, you get to help Performance 4a and our creative team to develop Murakami so we can bring this unique Australian story to life, on the stage of Darwin Festival 2014.  And, there are even some tempting rewards for everyone who supports the campaign.

Written by photographer and performance maker Mayu Kanamori,  Murakami is a multidisciplinary performance work combining photographic projection, video, narration, live music and dramatic action.

It’s the story of Mayu Kanamori’s search for the photographs of Yasukichi Murakami, a Japanese photographer, entrepreneur and inventor who photographed much of northern Australia from 1897 until his internment as an enemy alien after the bombing of Darwin.  Armed with a camera, he was suspected of being a spy and died in internment.  Actors embody the ghosts of Murakami and the women who loved him, in a dramatic interplay that questions the nature of photography and of love.  What begins as a search for the past becomes a quest for immortality.

Written by Mayu Kanamori, directed by Malcolm Blaylock and featuring exciting new composer Terumi Narushima.

With your help to raise the funds for a three week rehearsal period, Murakami will premiere at the Darwin Festival, in August 2014.

Even if you can’t donate, please help spread the message by tweeting, blogging, or posting on Facebook about the Pozible campaign. Any form of social media helps!