2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Recipient, Themba Mbuli received his formal training at Moving Into Dance (MIDM) in 2007. He joined Inzalo Dance Theatre Company as a trainee performer in 2008. In 2009 he was accepted back at MIDM as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Mbuli’s first ensemble creation Dark City won the Pick of the Fringe award at the FNB Dance Umbrella festival in 2010. In 2011 Mbuli joined Theatre Talipot Company in Reunion Island as a principle dancer. Mbuli began his solo career in 2012 with Dark Cell, performing the work nationally and internationally in 10 countries. His other recent works include Trapped, ASHED, Dark Cells, SOLD, Autho(r)ise and Memory Box. He is a co-founder of Broken Borders Arts Project and Unmute Dance Company. He is currently a freelance performer/choreographer, associate artistic director for UNMUTE and Co-curator for Unmute ArtsAbility Festival.