FESTIVAL TEAM

NADINE
MCKENZIE
Festival Manager

Multi award winning Performing Artist, performer, teacher. Pioneer of Inclusive Arts in South Africa, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Unmute Dance Company. 

THEMBA
MBULI
Festival Director

Independent Theatre Maker, Producer and Art administrator. Co-founder of Broken Borders Arts Project and Unmute Dance Company, initiator of Unmute ArtsAbility Festival. 

CHRISTELLE DREYER
Graphic Designer

Christelle Dreyer is a  Dancer, Graphic Designer and currently a post graduate graphic design student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

LOUISE WESTERHOUT
Webinar Director

Louise Westerhout is a performance artist, published poet, curator, therapist, cancer survivor, disabled person,yogi and Reiki Master.


ANDILE
VELLEM
Residency Mentor

Choreographer, Performer, Dance Teacher and Sign Language Dance Technique Innovator.
Co-founder and Resident Choreographer at Unmute Dance Company.

BABALWA MAKWETU 
Residency Mentor

Award Winning Sound Scape/ Original Music Designer, Music Director, Song Writer, Theatre Maker, Singer  and Actress.




CALVIN
RATLADI 
Residency Mentor

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MPOTSENG SHUPING
Residency Mentor

Dance Facilitator with over 30 years experience of teaching dance. Co-founder, Inclusive Dance outreach coordinator and Sign Language Interpreter for Unmute Dance Company.

ARTISTS

SIPHENATHI MAYEKISO
Choreographer

Actor, Puppeteer, Dancer, Stage Manager and Choreographer. Full time performing artist and dance teacher at Unmute Dance Company.

KALDI
MAKUTIKE
Choreographer

South African born Congolese, an independent artist working as a contemporary dance practitioner, Performer, collaborator and choreographer.

MARC
BREW
Choreographer

 Internationally 
Acclaimed choreographer,  director, dancer, teacher and speaker. Founder of Marc Brew Company and Artistic Director for Axis Dance Company.

RRATSHEKO
NTHITE
Film Maker

Award winning integration documentary filmmaker, Creative Producer/Director and Screenwriter at Room 53 Films. Head Mentor and Facilitator of Room.53Lab. 

BRENTON SWARTZ
Mouth Painter


quadriplegic mouth painter, Architect and member of Mouth and Foot Painters Association.














LLIANE LOOTS
Choreographer


Artistic director and resident choreographer for FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY, Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Artistic Director for JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience








CHALEEN CHIMARA
Choreographer


Upcoming choreographer, model dancer, and traditional instrumentalist based in Zimbabwe.  Founder and artistic director of AfriKera Arts Trust and AfriKera Dance Theatre.









BEWEGGRUNG 
Inclusive Dance Company

 Leading integrated dance projects in Switzerland and Europe for more than 20 years.  Producing and touring professional dance work with disabled and non-disabled dancers, organizing and delivering workshops and courses as well as a biannual festival, BewegGrund stands for equal rights, self- determination, equal opportunities and inclusion.

SHELLEY BARRY
Film Maker / Poet

Multi Award winning Filmmaker/Poet and founder and director of twospinningwheels. Her films span across genres and are largely experimental in style. She often shoots her own films, exploring the aesthetics of cinematography from the perspective of a wheelchair user. 




SUNNYBOY MOTAU
Choreographer

Dance teacher and resident choreographer at Moving into Dance Mophatong. Independent theatre maker and a collaborator. 










THULANI CHAUKE
Choreographer

South African based Independent performer, choreographer and dance teacher. Co-founder and project manager for Broken Borders Arts Project. 










SAMWEL JAPHET
Choreographer

Samwel Japhet, is a Tanzanian dance-movement artist. Graduated with a Diploma in contemporary and Tanzanian traditional dances from the MuDa Africa Dance School in Tanzania. He is a founding member and artistic director of a Dar es Salaam based Nantea Dance Company and co-curator of Contemporary Dance Night.

ALESSANDRO SCHIATTARELLA
Choreographer

Alessandro Schiattarella was born in Naples in 1982. He is a choreographer and performer who also
holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts. 


MUSA E. ZULU

Author 

MUSA E. ZULU is a published author, an award winning entrepreneur, international artist, celebrated motivational speaker and prominent disability activist in South Africa.

KLASS KOMPIE

Choreographer

Freelance Dancer, Teacher and a choreographer and an Arts
Administrator to both his dance company and the Community he lives with.


MARIA TEMBE

Choreographer

Mozambican born dancer and actress. She received her training in contemporary dance in the project (In)Dependence. 



PAK NDJAMENA

Choreographer

Pak started his career as a dancer in the Escola Nacional de Dança. He also got strongly influenced by the traditional dances of groups Tsemba and Ussoforal. He is a dancer, choreographer and dance film maker. 








LAILA WHITE

Choreographer

Photography, dance and painting are the three disciplines that make up the foundations of her essence and inner evolution; Laila White manifests in her creations everyday paradigms in which she delves and from where a transformation emerges that sublimates and impacts in such a way that they shatter any type of discriminatory social barrier.

LOIS STRACHAN 

Musician / Author

Lois Strachan describes herself as an ordinary person living an ordinary life. Some may disagree.
Lois is the author of 5 books, is a professional motivational speaker, hosts an accessible travel podcast, and is a sometime rock musician. And she is totally blind, having lost her sight at the age of 21 due to diabetic retinopathy. 


LONE MOTSOMI

Choreographer

Besides being a dancer, Lone is a spiritual being who loves to design, read and workout in her spare time. Her goals are centered around her passion for dance and her wish is to continue in her current trajectory to heal the world through dance.






MUSA MOTHA
Choreographer

My friends taught me how to dance by drawing squares on the floor. The first dance genre that I learned is iSbhujwa, I enhanced my dance vocab by adding Hip Hop and Pantsula as time went by. In 2018, I joined Vuyani Dance Theatre where I started learning Gregory Maqoma's technique, The Pulse Theory Technique as well the the “Cocktail” which the company is celebrated for.

SHIFT RESIDENCY ARTISTS

ANDRE MARIO
SMITH
Producer/Composer/ Engineer

AMS Debut Album 1998
Later that year created publishing, distributing, and record company called MuSiC NoTES Records.
Between the years of 1998-2020 Andre has released many projects since, which are found online.

ANNELINNE PETERSON
Dancer

Anneline is currently part of the Unmute Dance Theatre Inclusive dance training program now in her second year. During her time at Unmute she has had the privilege of working with established directors and choreographers from Unmute and Invited practitioners.

BONGANI
HLOMA
Dancer

39 years old performer living with a disability (paraplegic). He started dancing in 2018 when he attended dancing class at Moving Into Dance company. 





EMILY
MABASA
Dancer

Emily is a Gold Award Holder in South Africa for The Duke of Edinburgh International Award. She is a poet, a freelancer dancer, a fashion designer, a public speaker and I am a model.




LETHABO SHAI
Dancer

After graduating from high school, Lethabo enrolled at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to study BA Psychology in 2016. She then did her Honours in Sociology (2019).
In 2018 and 2019, she became a part of Enabled Dance project, a collaboration between UJ and Moving Into Dance Maphatong (MID).
At the beginning of 2020, she enrolled at MID as a full time student to get a start in the dance industry. 

MATHATO MAMPA
Actor / Singer

Mathato Mampa is a South African born freelance artist working as an actor. Mampa holds a Diploma and BTech Degree in Drama from the Tshwane University of Technology, majoring in Voice and Applied Theatre. Her television acting debut was on the superbly star-studded television series and SAFTA nominated, Saints and Sinners in 2014. Mampa's performance skills include puppetry and voice coaching.

MATIMBA MABUNDA
Actor / Poet

"I matriculated in 2015 at Majeje High School and the following year I enrolled in Tshwane University of Technology in the Arts Faculty studying Drama,Film and Televesion. I have being in numerous Theatre Plays and my television work includes Giyani: Land of Blood portraying the character of Fanisa Ndengeza, the NFVF 2019 Young Film Festival, Assistant Director trainee with Tshedza Pictures.

MOTLATSI KHOTLE
Dancer

Motlatsi Moeketsi Khotle a founder of Catch Fire Waya Waya, a dancer, choreographer and Facilitator; he graduated at Moving Into Dance Mophatong NQF level 4 in performing arts and was selected to do second year as a trainee he is also a Graduate in social entrepreneurship with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He is a winner of “Sylvia Glasser Choreography Development Award 2016”.

SANGA MABULU
Actor / Dancer

She  was trained at the Stive Biko Centre where she did outreach programs, performed and collaborated with so many internationally acclaimed artists.
She furthered her dance trainning at  Jazzart theater company. 
Sanga is now a performing arts facilitator at St Matthew's High schools based in Keiskammahoek where she was born.
 

SHIRMONE MOSES
Singer

"I am 30 years old and have a disability called Spina Bifida which basically means opening
of the spine. I work as a Parent and Peersupporter at OAPD which is short for Overstrand Association for persons living with disabilities and I'm aspiring musician/singer"







SISEKO MVULO
Dancer

Siseko mvulo born and raised here in Cape Town. He Got involved in dancing In 2019 when he went to ARTSCAPE THEATRE CENTRE looking for arts activities to take part in and met one of the members from UNMUTE Dance Company who then invited him to an audition for their new training program of which he was accepted into. It was then when his love, interested and involvement in dance started.

SIPHOSIHLE VILAKAZI
Dancer

 She started dancing when she was in grade 5 with Gladys Algahus and continued through till she joined Ballroom and Latin wheelchair dance up until she finished school and continued dancing prior to when she bacame a mother to her 1st born daughter in 2014, She currently got an opportunity to work with UNMUTE DANCE Company which is a great and exciting experience.

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