Unmute Dance Company (UDACO) is a Performing Arts Company who’s mission is to inspire the inclusion of people with disabilities within the performing society through their performances, artistic workshops and exchange programmes that encourage activism and awareness of integration. UDACO is made up of artists with mixed abilities/disabilities and bring awareness to the illusion of physical limitations through their performances of Physical Theatre, Contemporary and Integrated Dance. They challenge the misconception of disabilities and encourage people to break barriers.
The company came into existence in 2013, after Youngblood Arts and Culture Development funded a creation process of a work entitled ‘Unmute’, which was later supported by National Arts Council, Dance Forum South Africa and British Council. The work is choreographed by Andile Vellem (Artistic Director of Unmute Dance Company), and is based on his experience as a deaf dancer who has been dancing professionally for more than 13 years. UDACO is currently the only existing Integrated Dance Company in South Africa, based in Cape Town as part of the Artscape Resource Centre Incubator programme. It continues to reach to schools and communities through Outreach performances and workshops that promote integration.
UDACO is a non-profit organization that is supported by sponsors and donations. If you wish to contribute to their mission statement, you may contact them at the following links for more details:
Where They Perform: Artscape Theatre, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town