|Themba Mbuli - Artistic Director
Mbuli is a Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner 2016, he commenced his performing arts journey in youth clubs in Soweto; here he performed drama, dance and music (2001). He was then introduced to professional theatre in 2006 by Kent Ekberg who later became his mentor. Mbuli obtained his first professional training at Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) in 2007; after his training he then joined Inzalo Dance and Theatre Company (2008). He re-joined MIDM in 2009-2010; in the company he served as a performer, dance teacher and also choreographed a dance Piece “Dark City” that won him an award at the FNB Dance Umbrella Festival 2010. Mbuli was part of the Crossings Artistic International workshops as a dancer in 2010. In 2011 he joined a French theatre company from Reunion Island, Teatre Taliipot as a principal dancer.
Themba Mbuli is a co-founder, choreographer and a dance teacher for Unmute Dance Company. His recent works includes “Ashed” and ‘’Trapped” that he choreographed for Unmute Dance Company and “Dark Cell” a solo that he has already toured with in Sweden, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Uganda, Netherlands, United Kingdom and few festivals in South Africa.
|Mpotseng Shuping – Operations Manager|
Shuping was professionally trained by Jazzart Dance Theatre (1987-1991), she continued working as a professional dancer with the company from 1992 to 1997. After she left Jazzart she then focused on her dance teaching career, where she taught in schools, community groups and dance companies around South Africa and abroad (1998 – 2004). In 2005, Mpotseng joined Remix Dance Company as a teacher and performer. In 2013 She co-founded Unmute Dance Company, Apart from her role of an Operations Manager she is also a sign language interpreter and production manager for the company.
|Nadine Mckenzie – Outreach and Development Manager
Mckenzie She is a qualified integrated dance teacher, receiving training at the ImpulsTanz International workshop in Vienna. In 2006 she joined Remix Dance Company; since then she had produced exceptional work as a performer on a wheelchair/Teacher and has established herself as a well-recognised figure within the performing arts community both nationally and internationally. In 2013 she was nominated for Imbokodo Awards in Dance category, she received a Tribute Award in the Arts and Culture Category and she was the Mail and Guardian 200 young South African Professionals. Mckenzie is a one of the co-founders of Unmute Dance Company, in the company she is also a performer, facilitator and aspiring choreographer.
|Andile Vellem – Rehearsal Director|
Vellem is a choreographer and performer who was born a hearing person, at the age of 5 he suffered from a disease called mumps that took his hearing. His professional development began in 1999/2000 at the Open Air School Hall in Durban; he later joined Tshwaragano – In-Touch Integrated Dance Project in 200/2001. His training includes Acting, Contemporary dance, Contact Improvisation, Improvisation. In the year 2000, he was introduced to Adam Benjamin, who was an artistic director of a well know integrated dance company in UK at that time. Adam choreographed “Querist’s Quire”, a production that involved performers on a wheelchair which was performed at The Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, Artscape in Cape Town and The Royal Festival Hall in London UK. It is during this process where he developed more understanding, knowledge and passion for integrated works.
In 2005 he worked as a full time performer at Remix Dance Company, here he got a platform to learn, work and collaborate in various production that toured nationally and internationally by different Choreographers/Directors. He is one of the founder members of Mixibility Network of all the integrated dance companies and co-founder of Unmute Dance Company.