By: Andile Vellem
Un-mute is based on Andile Vellem’s experience as a dancer who is deaf, finding his voice as a choreographer and using sign language as the source of movement vocabulary. Vellem has brought together performers with different dance backgrounds to explore what they would like to “un-mute”: feelings, perceptions, social norms and expectations, also deconstructing what is considered to be “dance”.
Disability, on many levels, has not been integrated in society. Un-mute is not intended as a solution to this complex problem, but serves as a model for a more inclusive and integrated society by encouraging equality through sharing skills, knowledge and stories.
Performed by: Andile Vellem, Nadine Mckenzie, Themba Mbuli and Zama Sonjica; project management: Mpotseng Shuping.