Traces of Memory
by Unmute Dance Theatre
Traces of Memory is a work in commemoration of the late Themba Mbuli Co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Unmute. The company goes down memory lane, as they go back to revisit through dance and the display of imagery some of the works created by Mbuli during his 7 years with the company.
Ngwedi is a dance presentation in tribulation to the late Themba Mbuli who has been and continues to be an inspiration and a ‘soul mover‘to many artists. The piece looks at how we contribute ourselves to live an inspiring life while our souls are still intact with our bodies. “Do we leave footprints that are traceable or we are easily forgotten”? Themba Mbuli’s life constantly reminds us to fully live for today. Because what if there’s no tomorrow. Time is of essence.
Ability Day is an end product of workshops that are facilitated by Unmute Dance Company members. The facilitators work with selected schools each year (schools for the Deaf, Blind, Physical Disabilities, Special Needs and mainstream schools), using performing arts to transfer skills, empower, educate, and motivate the youth/pupils, also creating a bridge of integration between the schools and students. This year’s selected schools, community groups and professional companies and artists will share the stage in remembrance of the past ArtsAbility Ability Day’s. The day also features other young dancers who are part of youth training organisation in Cape Town. As we remember what was, and pave the way to new beginnings.
Conversations left unsaid, thoughts you left with behind wishing it could’ve
been discussed and now realising It hasn’t left.
by Broken Borders Arts Project, Thulani Chauke & Fana Tshabalala
If only I knew you’d not be with us this year,
If only I knew you’d leave so soon,
If only I knew when I dance again, you would not be here to see it.
Themba has always said I should dance and I was never ready to. This work is for him, If I’d known he’d leave us so soon, I would have done this sooner.
Dark Cell: the mind is the worst prison a man can ever be.
The two companies pay tribute to the late Themba Mbuli with the work Dark Cells (Solo) a work created by Mbuli and performed by himself, the Unmute Company and Broken Borders. The work has already toured 10 countries and 15 cities. Dark Cell draws its inspiration and metaphors from the imagery of political prisoners on Robben Island. This theatrical dance work uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment. While celebrating and commemorating South African History, the piece is also embedded in the past as a mirror of contemporary society and reflection of post-colonial interiorities.
An installation work as a response to the initial work done by Louise Westerhout and Themba Mbuli in 2020.
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