Bawren Tavaziva & Jereboam Bozeman
Tavaziva team up with One Dance UK to bring together Bawren Tavaziva and Alvin Ailey’s Jeroboam Bozeman in a Creative LAB that took place on Friday 5 October 2018.
The Creative Exchange Lab with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jeroboam Bozeman and our own Bawren Tavaziva was incredible! Jeroboam and Bawren have individual styles and techniques when it comes to teaching, dancing and choreographing, but yet the harmony that was generated when the styles were merged together was astounding. Jeroboam’s sense of boundless movement, fuelled by raw emotion, and Bawren’s sharp bursting athleticism and playfulness came together to create a beautiful duet. All the participants got to learn and perform this sequence and left feeling inspired and enriched. Thanks to Jeroboam and Bawren!
JEROBOAM BOZEMAN (Brooklyn, NY) began his dance training under Ruth Sistaire at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center. He later joined Creative Outlet and was granted full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Bozeman is a goldmedal recipient of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance. He performed in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Aida (international tour in China) and was a part of Philadanco, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, and Ailey II. During the fall of 2016 Mr. Bozeman performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. Mr. Bozeman earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology concentrating in industrial organization from Argosy University in 2017. Dance Magazine nominated Jeroboam Bozeman as 25 to watch for 2018. Mr. Bozeman has been a member with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre since 2013.
BAWREN TAVAZIVA (London, UK) grew up in a rural village near Masvingo in Zimbabwe. Football, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kung Fu movies viewed at the local community hall provided inspiration to Bawren and his friends. Bawren’s musical talents also developed at this time on a guitar made by his brother from a 5 litre tin can and fishing wire.
At the age of 12 Bawren Tavaziva attended an outreach ballet project with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe at his local community centre. From day one, his determination and talent led him to a life-long passion for dance. He danced with Tumbuka for five years and toured Africa. He came to England to join Phoenix and Union dance and in 2004 he presented his own choreography and music as a finalist at The Place Prize with a deeply moving quintet entitled Umdhlalo Kasisi, in memory of his sister who sadly died of HIV.
After this, Bawren formed his own company and became Artistic Director of Tavaziva Dance and in the same year won a fellowship with Dance of the African Diaspora’s Trailblazer programme. He went on to produce further works for his own company, Soul Inspired 2005, Bophelo 2006, Chatsva 2007, Heart of Darkness 2009, Wild Dog 2010, Double Take 2011, Sensual Africa 2012, Greed 2013, Tavaziva Ten 2014, Africarmen 2015, Izindava 2017. Bawren has embarked on various research trips to Africa, most recently visiting Ethiopia in 2016 to explore the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Rastafarian movement.
In 2017 Bawren was commissioned by Rambert to research new dance work Mud Child, working with Polka Theatre’s Artistic Director Pete Glanville and In 2018 Bawren choreographed Ending the Silence by Euton Daley MBE.
Bawren’s latest work BOYS KHAYA is currently in R&D, working with digital partners Green Hippo, Noitom and Notch to explore Motion Capture technology. Premiere 2020.
A Phenomenal piece of contemporary dance…nothing short of explosive’
THE STAGE, Tavaziva Ten