Nadine McKenzie


This paper was originally prepared as a verbal presentation intended to initiate dialogue and spark conversation between a panel of presenters around the theme for the colloquium. As such, the written version below maintains the conversational tone and language of the original presentation.

Biography: Nadine McKenzie

McKenzie is a qualified integrated dance teacher, trained by Alito Alessi at the ImpulsTanz International workshop in Vienna in 2010.

In 2006 she joined Remix Dance Company and has since produced exceptional work as performer/ teacher in a wheelchair establishing herself as a well-recognized figure within the local and international performing arts community.

In 2013 she was nominated for the Imbokodo Awards in the Dance category, received a Tribute Award in the Arts and Culture Category, and was selected as one of the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans. In 2018 she was awarded an Imagine Award in the disability category for promoting awareness-creating work on disability and inclusion. Mckenzie is the Artistic Director and a co- founder of the Unmute Dance Company (UNMUTE). She has performed in the company’s, Unmute, Trapped, SOLD, Breaking Borders Ashed and Access Me. She also co-curates UNMUTE’s annual ArtsAbility Festival, the first Inclusive Arts festival in South Africa founded in 2014. She is also performer, facilitator and aspiring choreographer at UNMUTE.

Outside of UNMUTE, McKenzie is a freelance performer and has featured in Swiss production, “One At A Time” by Alessandro Schiatarrella that premiered in Switzerland and toured to Berlin, Croatia and South Africa.