Director: Sifiso Kweyama

Choreographer: Mziyanda Mancam and Andile Vellem


 10 – 12 September 2015 at Artscape Theatre


Jazzart Dance Theatre presents an integrated dance collaboration with Unmute Dance Company, in association with Artscape’s  Heritage month celebrations.

Jazzart Dance Theatre and Unmute Dance Company have danced together to choreograph at the new frontiers of language.  The workshop piece Ufundo, which means to learn, is a  collaboration that aims to challenge the stereotypes about what our bodies can and cannot do. It’s the  theme of  common ethos that both organisations passionately share.


The intimate collaboration explores the relationship between sign language and bodies as a means of communication, a movement of talking and listening and feeling.  Words now become signs of movement that we miss so easily, and wonder: was that a sign or a movement?  What did I hear it say?  Learning is about hearing, and not hearing;  to feel the vibrations of sound in your body and not hear a single note of music as you know it.


To learn is to play like children with total abandonment.  To learn is to love, to get it right, to get it wrong, to struggle to break the puzzle of beginnings and ends, of entrances and exists.  To learn is to follow the light in all its shapes of slivers and circles, to feel the colour settle into the body.


This phenomenal production of integrated dance says unapologetically that the physical limitations of the body are irrelevant: all performers are equally talented in their difference of ability. 


Sifiso Kweyama (Artistic Director of Jazzart Dance Theatre) directs the collaboration of learning to be who you are.
Mziyanda Mancam and Andile Vellem choreograph the dance of diversity in language and movement.


Unmute dancers:    Andile Vellem, Zama Sonjica and Yaseen Manuel
Jazzart dancers:   Adam Malebo, Nomfundo Hlongwa and Thabisa Dinga.