WEEK 1

3 NOVEMBER - 7 NOVEMBER
FESTIVAL OPENING
New Generation [Triple Bill]
Anneline Peterson, Ditebogo Lelaletse, Lethabo Shai, Siseko Mvulo

3 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

The New Generation Triple Bill program presents upcoming young and new works by artists living with disabilities in Southern Africa. This program seeks to not only showcase inclusive works, but also to encourage young artists living with disabilities to create works of their own and becoming independent artists and expanding and growing the Inclusive arts field/ industry in the country.

SAMWEL JAPHET


Inclusive Africa 1

4 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Inclusive Africa was born from a residency program by Unmute Dance Theatre. With artists from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Facilitators from UNMUTE explored themes which included ‘what it means to be African', this exploration included learning sign language which was then transformed into movement. Outcomes of the residency will be presented as short solo works performed by the residency participants. The residency program is inspired by the urge to bring together artists with different abilities from around Africa with the aim of building a bridge between South African artists and artists from other African countries.

VUYANI DANCE THEATRE
Two Feet In One Shoe

4 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Normalised realities exist in all our lives. We all live within the confines of what we have normalised. But what is normal? Is your normal the definition of normal or is mine? Reflect, question and reconfigure your reality. Choreographed and performed by Musa Motha

Music: Pavane, Time Variation; Aquarium, Fantasy Variation; Gymnopedie, Cosmic Variation; Kuhlau Fantasy for Flute, Elizabeth Wetland

AXIS DANCE CO.

Radical Impact

5 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Radical Impact , choreographed by AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew, was created in collaboration with Composer/Pianist JooWan Kim, Artistic Director of Hip-Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Working together for the first time, Marc and Joowan explore what it means to be human through music and movement, investigating themes around politics and identity. The work draws on each dancer’s unique experiences and how their stories

EPIC ARTS

Buffalo Boy


5 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

A story of communication, articulation and what it means to be heard.

Inspired by real life events, Buffalo Boy, tells the story of Thouen as he leaves his home where he struggles to be understood and heads in search of a place where he can express himself.

SHIFT 1
Bongani Hloma, Matimba Mabunda, Motlatsi Khotle, Siphosihle Vilakazi. 

6 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

SHIFT Residency is an 8 week residency program facilitated by UNMUTE, worked alongside 3 mentors in Dance, Music and Theatre. Andile Vellem from UNMUTE, Babalwa Makwetu a South African Musician and Calvin Ratladi a theatre maker. Mentors worked with 10 participating artists of different art forms from different provinces within South Africa, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State and Western Cape. The residency entailed explorations on various topics/ themes and were then translated in different forms (dance, music and poetry), infused with South African sign language all of which occurred online. End results are in the form of recorded performances with the performers phones.

ROOM 53 FILMS

Womb Dance

7 NOVEMBER [15:00 SAST]

Movement starts from the womb. Womb Dance is about bodies moving and interacting in a space. Unborn children experience freedom in the womb as they move at their pleasure, without experiencing the world as an obstacle. Artists, Through dance, are learning how to experience the freedom of movement and reconnect with their bodies. Produced by Nadine Mckenzie and Rratsheko Mashilo Nthite, a collaboration between Room 53 Films and Unmute Dance Theater,  Womb Dance chooses to celebrate uniqueness and not disability, believing that every person is skilled with different abilities.

WEEK 2

8 NOVEMBER - 14 NOVEMBER
ARTIST OF THE WEEK 
BRENTON SWARTZ

Documentary
8 NOVEMBER [15:00]

Mouthpiece
11 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Online Exhibition
14 NOVEMBER [15:00 SAST]

Brenton Nicholas Swartz a quadriplegic born and raised in Atlantis. Matriculated in 1998 at a school for learners with physical disabilities. Went to College in 1999 where he studied Computer Aided Draughting obtaining two certificates. After obtaining certificates and being unable to further his studies due to no wheelchair accessible transport, he met other quadriplegics who ran art classes at the Bellville Library and took up Art Classes with them. He later moved to Durbanville, and studied Architecture from 2003 to 2006 obtaining a National Diploma as an Architectural Technician. After studying he started doing mouth painting full time.

FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY
Stand By Me

10 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

“STAND BY ME” Created and performed in 2019 at the Elizabeth Sneddon, a filmed version which will be presented at ArtsAbility Festival 2020. The work will move and delight you but also challenge the very core foundations of who we think can and should dance professionally. Choreographed by Lliane Loots, a collaboration between FLATFOOT dancers who partnered with their counterparts in the FLATFOOT Downie Dance Company, in a dance explosion that is an affirmation of friendship, courage and the joy of dance. Aptly title “STAND BY ME”, this dance journey is about learning to stand next to our neighbours and acknowledging their humanity.

CHALEEN CHIMARA


Inclusive Africa 2

11 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Inclusive Africa was born from a residency program by Unmute Dance Theatre. With artists from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Facilitators from UNMUTE explored themes which included ‘what it means to be African', this exploration included learning sign language which was then transformed into movement. Outcomes of the residency will be presented as short solo works performed by the residency participants. The residency program is inspired by the urge to bring together artists with different abilities from around Africa with the aim of building a bridge between South African artists and artists from other African countries.

BEWEGGRUND


Landscape

12 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

The work was guided by questions: What landscapes do we see in music, how do we translate them into movement? How do we relate the ephemeral movement created in the moment to a given notation? The music interpreted by Dina Kehl on the viola da gamba, whereby her instrument, like the dancers' instrument (her/his own body), also embodies body, sound and landscape. The lockdown abruptly interrupted rehearsals. We continued the started artistic work with the group in a constructive way, staying in dialogue with the dancers and involving them in a participatory way. This resulted in the film. The dancers recorded sequences at home, which culminated into a film.

LAURIANNE BITARELLE
Street Performance

12 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Whether in France, Benin, India, or South Africa, Laurianne uses the street and public space as a tool for creation and free expression. In a spontaneous or organized way, official or unofficial, accompanied or alone, with or without musicians, the improvised performances are a moment of sharing with the environment and people. Those performances have no rule except that of dancing and giving, for oneself and others. She also used to invite public to dance. Something special is happening on the street, a space where anyone takes his place, where anyone can enjoy the moment, no matter where they come from and what they do or who they are.

Dancing is for her a means of free expression ; her way of saying things that cannot be said with words ; an exhibition and personification of her being and her vulnerability ; a way to bare herself and exchange with the world.

SHIFT 2
Anneline Peterson, Emily Mabaso, Matimba Mabunda, Sanga Mabulu, Shirmone Moses, Siphosihle Vilakazi.

13 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

SHIFT Residency is an 8 week residency program facilitated by UNMUTE, worked alongside 3 mentors in Dance, Music and Theatre. Andile Vellem from UNMUTE, Babalwa Makwetu a South African Musician and Calvin Ratladi a theatre maker. Mentors worked with 10 participating artists of different art forms from different provinces within South Africa, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State and Western Cape. The residency entailed explorations on various topics/ themes and were then translated in different forms (dance, music and poetry), infused with South African sign language all of which occurred online. End results are in the form of recorded performances with the performers phones.

WEEK 3

15 NOVEMBER - 21 NOVEMBER
ARTIST OF THE WEEK 
SHELLEY BARRY

Documentary
15NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Travelling Poet
18 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Str/oll
19 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Re:incarnation 
20 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Retrato
21 NOVEMBER [15:00 SAST]

Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shelley completed graduate studies in English and Drama at the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape. She worked extensively as a disability rights activist, following a shooting in the Cape taxi wars of 1996 that resulted in her being a wheelchair user. She has held positions as Media Manager in the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency and as the National Parliamentary Policy Co-ordinator for Disabled People South Africa. Shelley, founder and director of twospinningwheels, a production company that aims to explore new languages in cinema and marginalised voices having access to the craft of filmmaking.

BROKEN BORDERS ARTS PROJECT
Stiches

17 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Reason to heal gives Reason to breath back to life again! The thought of being hurt is mutual but nothing has left me quite this sore! Dealing or Keeping all your personal problems to yourself is harmful to your mental health, whilst cutting so deeply than a knife.
“STICHES” seek to inspire public dialogue, trigger reflective thoughts of these issues, as well as to bring about positive change by raising consciousness on social issues such as having a positive mindset, managing your own life so that it’s healthy/ functional and surviving disabilities. 

SUNNYBOY MANDLA MOTAU
Shadows

17 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

This is an exploration work which speak of the energies we cary within and around us these energies can be positive or negative but they are there, depending on the angle you take your shadow will always be there.

KALDI MAKUTIKE
Inclusive Africa 3



18 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Inclusive Africa was born from a residency program by Unmute Dance Theatre. With artists from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Facilitators from UNMUTE explored themes which included ‘what it means to be African', this exploration included learning sign language which was then transformed into movement. Outcomes of the residency will be presented as short solo works performed by the residency participants. The residency program is inspired by the urge to bring together artists with different abilities from around Africa with the aim of building a bridge between South African artists and artists from other African countries.

ALESSANDRO SCHIATARELLA 
Altrove

19 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Altrove is a movement score for a re-invented body. Diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease causing a gradual atrophy of the nerves and muscles in his hands, Alessandro began imagining the condition would spread to his limbs and estrange him from his own body and senses. Altrove explores movement beyond the amplitude of the familiar gesture. In this delicate solo the audience witnesses the creative response of a body breaking free from its own limits.

SHIFT 3
Emily Mabaso, Motlatsi Khotle, Sanga Mabulu, Siphosihle Vilakazi

20 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

SHIFT Residency is an 8 week residency program facilitated by UNMUTE, worked alongside 3 mentors in Dance, Music and Theatre. Andile Vellem from UNMUTE, Babalwa Makwetu a South African Musician and Calvin Ratladi a theatre maker. Mentors worked with 10 participating artists of different art forms from different provinces within South Africa, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State and Western Cape. The residency entailed explorations on various topics/ themes and were then translated in different forms (dance, music and poetry), infused with South African sign language all of which occurred online. End results are in the form of recorded performances with the performers phones.

WEEK 4

22 NOVEMBER - 28 NOVEMBER
ARTIST OF THE WEEK
MUSA ZULU

22 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Book Launch 
28 NOVEMBER [15:00 SAST]

Is a published author, award winning entrepreneur, international artist, celebrated motivational speaker and prominent disability activist in South Africa. After achieving an Honors degree in Sociology at UKZN (1993), he lectured in the Faculty of Humanities before moving to the corporate world as Human Resources Manager. He was fast climbing the career ladder when his life took a dramatic and unexpected turn. In 1995 age 23 he became Paralyzed after a car accident. Zulu found himself faced with one of the hardest challenges - disability. Applying his personal philosophy of embracing change, he found a way to cope with his new life, and also to inspire others.

FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY
4 Letter Word

24 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Made entirely under the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa with dancers separated from one another, and (in most parts) shot off mobile phones, “FOUR LETTER WORDS” was made as a way to keep our connection alive while our embodied dance work has come to a halt. Collaborating with slam poet/artist Lain Ewok Robinson, who took Loots’s first ‘four letter word’ (HOPE) and wrote a poem made only of four letter words – this became the soundtrack of the film and the impulse for editing and the visual choreography. This short dance film is a brief inhalation and exhalation.

FOOT EXPRESSIONS 


Dancing in Spaces/DocuDance

24 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

The piece dancing in spaces is inspired by the current state of Covid-19 pandemic to better Address issues of space for people with disability and also to awareness to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

MARIA TEMBE
Inclusive Africa 4

25 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Inclusive Africa was born from a residency program by Unmute Dance Theatre. With artists from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Facilitators from UNMUTE explored themes which included ‘what it means to be African', this exploration included learning sign language which was then transformed into movement. Outcomes of the residency will be presented as short solo works performed by the residency participants. The residency program is inspired by the urge to bring together artists with different abilities from around Africa with the aim of building a bridge between South African artists and artists from other African countries.

PAK NJAMENA
Deus Nos Acudi

25 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]


In Africa and in the world, magic is seen as a way to achieve powers with rituals of certain sects or, simply, by repeating patterns of behavior. Tradition, whether through orality, symbols, manuscripts, sacred objects and even body movements, evokes the ancestry of an entire society. In the contemporary world, for the globalized individual, racial difference is ambivalent, since it confers power but also marginalizes. Moments when everything is black, and we do not see with our eyes, we feel life in a deep dream of anguish and pain, but when we wake up we find ourselves in chaos and we are just a body in the world, bringing in all this experience, even if unconscious. Fiction is placed in a real way in spaces under the imagination of the incarnation: The strong image and the physicality of the body in motion, generate different moments of doubt, choice and opinions.

LAILA WHITE
Repeating A Dream

26 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Laila White asks herself questions about controlling her own body, what it means to depend on crutches and rejecting those legs that don't follow what the head dictates. Through sleep, Laila White investigates what she cannot experience during her wakefulness.

Her deepest essence is projected during her sleep. Her daytime self tells other stories; two parallel realities, two people, two legs and one present.
In this piece she delves into the complexity of dreams and the subconscious, while exposing one of the artist's most troubling issues: The control and obsession towards with her own body. 

UNMUTE DANCE COMPANY
Access Denied 

26 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Access Denied is a video presentation/film on three artists from Unmute Dance Theatre. The film is a documentation on the different challenges these artists deals with daily where accessibility is concerned.

Access Denied stems from the many challenges we face as individuals in a society that overlooks persons with disabilities and their need to move around freely and at their own independence without the assistance from another. In a country such as South Africa that is in its 25th year of democracy, we are still faced with and denied the right to accessible buildings, persons with hearing impairments are still faced with the lack of spaces where people do not know how to communicate in sign language, sing language and the need for sign language interpreters are still seen as something ‘they’ (deaf) people need as appose to hearing people not being able to speak another language.

Whilst these are some of the challenges persons living with disabilities face. This work serves to create an awareness that people are not disabled but circumstances and their environments restricts them from having the independence and disables them daily.

Through their art this film documentation these three artists explore and interrogate these discriminations they are faced with.

SHIFT 4
Motlatsi Khotle, Emily Mabaso, Mathato Mabunda, Shirmone Moses, Siseko Mvulo

27 NOVEMBER [19:30 SAST]

SHIFT Residency is an 8 week residency program facilitated by UNMUTE, worked alongside 3 mentors in Dance, Music and Theatre. Andile Vellem from UNMUTE, Babalwa Makwetu a South African Musician and Calvin Ratladi a theatre maker. Mentors worked with 10 participating artists of different art forms from different provinces within South Africa, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State and Western Cape. The residency entailed explorations on various topics/ themes and were then translated in different forms (dance, music and poetry), infused with South African sign language all of which occurred online. End results are in the form of recorded performances with the performers phones.

WEEK 5

29 NOVEMBER - 3 DECEMBER
ARTIST OF THE WEEK

LOIS STRACHANDocumentary 
29 NOVEMBER [15:00 SAST]

Making Music
2 DECEMEBR [19:30 SAST]

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. Highlights of her ‘ordinary’ life include reaching No 1 on the South African rock music charts, being elected as District Governor of Toastmasters International Southern African district, and accidentally almost standing on Nelson Mandela’s toes.

LOUISE WESTERHOUT
Blood and Snow Manifesto

1 DECEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Snow Manifesto is Louise Westerhout’s intimate account of her journey through Stage 4 Lymphoma and disability. It embraces themes of illness, trauma, loss, disability, and mortality to explore how we construct subject or self, based on our own experiences and choices, and how those constructions are unavoidably influenced by the world around us. Posing the questions: how permeable are we and how strong is our immunity to this often sick and dangerous world? Is it possible to transform through suffering and loss and what, if any, is the difference between cure and healing?

LONE MOTSOMI

Inclusive Africa 4

2 DECEMBER [19:30 SAST]

Inclusive Africa was born from a residency program by Unmute Dance Theatre. With artists from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Facilitators from UNMUTE explored themes which included ‘what it means to be African', this exploration included learning sign language which was then transformed into movement. Outcomes of the residency will be presented as short solo works performed by the residency participants. The residency program is inspired by the urge to bring together artists with different abilities from around Africa with the aim of building a bridge between South African artists and artists from other African countries.

ABILITY WALK 
UNMUTE DANCE COMPANY

3 DECEMBER

12:00, 14:OO, 16:00 SAST

The 3rd of December being International Day for people living with disabilities. UNMUTE in collaboration with artists from around Cape Town will be taking inclusive works to communities and transforming spaces and streets, particularly township spaces into an Inclusive Arts experience. Throughout this day there will be various performances occurring in the streets of local townships in Cape Town by artists living with and without disabilities.

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