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Unusual Bones. is a collective of creatives in Cape Town, that seeks to explore alternative and interdisciplinary  ways of creating projects through a collaborative framework. The collective focuses on creating projects that seek to question and explore the human spirit in South Africa.

Unusual Bones. is a collective created by Emilie Badenhorst and Kanya Viljoen who are both working in creative fields in and around South Africa.

Emilie is a conscious writer, creator and director of film with an intuitive understanding of the subtlety and honesty required of performance and storytelling. The UCT Theatre and Performance graduate’s experimental short Unsex Me which she wrote and directed, featured in Nakid_Magazine & Metal Magazine. Internationally she has worked with artists such as Romeo Elvis, Lolo Zouai, 6lack and Khalid. Her latest music video Desert Rose screened in Times Square and Sable Square in the US, and was shortlisted at Berlin Commercial for Best Casting, Cinematography, Direction and Best Music Video 2020. She was also recently nominated as one of the top 5 new female directors to watch in South Africa by the advertising and creative showcase 10 & 5.

Ultimately, Emilie wants to continue creating empowering work that explores intimacy and the messiness of our human connection.

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Kanya Viljoen is a writer, director and film- and theatre-maker from Cape Town, South Africa. Currently, Kanya is completing her MA in Theatre-Making, with a specialisation in Practice as Research, as a Andrew W Mellon scholar.

Recently, Kanya wrote and directed RAAK, which has been nominated and won awards at the Free State Arts Festival, Toyota US Woordfees, Kyknet Fiëstas. Kanya won the South African Theatre Magazine’s Best Emerging Director Award. Other  productions include Like Hamlet (Anex Theatre Bursary), mank (Kunste Onbeperk’s Teksmark Writers Bursary), Die Skrif Is Aan Die Muur (KKNK, Cape Town Art Week, the DOAR Gallery and the Institute of Creative Art’s Infecting the City) and Jessie, Die Man en Die Maan (Jakes Gerwel Writing Residency, NATi and Suidoosterfees selection). Kanya also writes for various literary magazines, includes JA.Magazine, Ons Klyntji and Between the Pillar and the Post: an Anthology in South Africa.

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