Video Stage Designer Call Out!

We are looking for a video stage designer to collaborate with and create the visual set design for our new work Boy’s Khaya. The live dance production will use Green Hippo and in particular, Notch technology software. The Designer is required to have an understanding of visual design for theatre. The deadline is Saturday the 24th of November.

For more details on the job role and how to apply, click here:

Video Stage Designer Call Out


Good luck Kathleen!

A fond farewell to Kathleen Murphy who is leaving Tavaziva Dance
after three years as Learning and Participation Manager. We wish her all the best of luck on her travels and know that this will be a wonderful and exciting chapter in her life. We also thank her for all the incredible things she has done for the company, she will be missed. Good luck Kathleen!PHOTO-2018-10-15-15-48-29

An image of Kathleen with the dancers 


Norway 2018

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Bawren was invited to In2it International Dance Festival in Norway to create an adapted version oIzindava with three Tavaziva dancers and 23 Norwegian dancers – including five professional dancers from Compassion 2 Dance, three dance students from Sunndal Culture school, and 11 dance students from Kristiansund Opera Ballet center 

The dancers had one week to learn the unique choreography and due to all their hard work and determination, the dancers delivered an incredible performance on 30 September 2018.  Tavaziva dancers, Asmara, Nicole, and Harriet, really enjoyed collaborating with the Norwegian dancers, and both Bawren and Tendai Makurumbandi, artistic director of Compassion 2 Dance and In2it International Dance Festival programme leader, were thrilled with the outcome.

We are proud to say that the performance received a standing ovation!  _I6A6770

Photo credit to Steinar Husby


Exploring new and exciting digital possibilities!

Notch and Green Hippo specialise in the design and manufacturing of hardware and software for manipulation of video in the AV industry. In April they commissioned Bawren to choreograph and perform in an interactive demo in Germany. Bawren had the opportunity to wear a motion capture suit and see his movements digitalised on a screen, displaying real-time visual effects, backgrounds and avatars.

This month Bawren held a facinating R&D session with the production team to understand how the technology works and how far it can be taken by the body

This combination of real-time motion capture and dance opens many creative possibilities. Bawren has been inspired to incorporate motion capture in his new work in order to create an innovative performance of both futuristic technology and the earthbound art of dance. This exceptional work will premier in 2020.IMG_1553


In2it International Dance Festival

In2it International Dance Festival is a dance festival run by Tendai Makurumbandi, a professional dancer and choreographer from Zimbabwe, who now teaches in Norway. Norwegian, French and UK companies get invited to the boundless festival that prides itself on cultural exchange and excellence.

Tavaziva were lucky enough to be invited last year, and again this year! Bawren and dancers Nicole, Harriet and Asmara will create a new version of Izindava with the integration of 23 Norwegian dancer. The Tavaziva and Norwegian dancers are training this week and performing on Sunday the 30th of September!

We asked Tendai three questions we’ve all been desperate to know, and his answers were so interesting! Check them out:

What is your favorite part of the festival?

My favorite part of the festival is when the program is rolling with artists closely sharing their work through performances and workshops.

How did you come to start running the festival?

Well, on a daily basis I work as a dance teacher within several culture schools in the region Møre Romsdal County. So dance has been the starting and ending at the culture school level, so I started the festival to break that cycle and bring in professional dancing to the region promoting cultural understanding, innovation and excellency! Our mission is to build cultural bridges though dance.

What are the Norwegian dancer’s backgrounds?

It will be 5 dancers from my company (Compassion 2Dance), 3 dance students from Sunndal Culture school, and 11 dance students from Kristiannsund Opera Ballet centre.

My company dancers came to be a part of the project because I would like to collaborate with Tavaziva in the near future, this will be a good starting point to create a working relationship.

As my intension is to develop dance in the region, so I have to invest in the upcoming dancers, the younger generation who has a huge interest in dance. I would like to further expose them to the dance world, meeting different experiences, share work and stage with professional dancers, create role models and inspire.


Welcome back!

IMG_0796Today we welcome Chloe back to the Tavaziva team as she takes the role of Company Manager alongside Emily.

 

 

We asked Chloe some questions…

 

 

 

  • What are you looking forward to this year at Tavaziva?

I’m looking forward to start working on the planning stages for Bawren’s next piece, seeing the work develop from his initial ideas into a full performance. It is one of my favourite parts of the job.

  • What do you love the most about Tavaziva Dance?

I love watching the power of the dancers performing Bawren’s work- it’s exhilarating to watch!

  • What made you want to work in a dance company?

I’ve always loved watching and taking part in dance, though I’m far from professional, just moving my body makes me feel good! Watching what professional dancers can do with their bodies to realise a choreographer’s vision is totally inspiring.

  • Give us a fun fact about you!

I love flowers and floristry. I have made the bouquets and floral arrangements for three friends’ weddings. If I wasn’t an arts manager, plan B would definitely be a florist!

 


Welcome!

A warm welcome back (and congratulations) to our Company Manager Emily Winfield who has recently come back from maternity leave!

Secondly, we welcome our new intern Anna-Louise Fleet!

Anna-Louise is a third year BA Dance with Theatre and Performance student at the University of Surrey, in Guildford.

 

What excites you about the Tavaziva company? 

I am a strong believer in the countless benefits that dance has to offer, and the unique Tavaziva Dance Company definitely comply with this. The company not only offers a therapeutic platform for Bawren to explore his past and express himself, but they also allow others to learn firsthand about a culture that we perhaps do not always have access to. I myself have found performances by the company to be didactic as well as transformational, and, of course, an extremely enjoying watch!

What are you looking forward to? 

I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge on how a successful company is formed. I am excited to gain expertise from a multitude of aspects such as administration, marketing, education, and tour and production management. These skills will enable me to have an advanced understanding of the dance industry and will greatly benefit me after I leave university. Learning this in such a lively and vibrate company fills me with motivation for the future.


Music Assistant Needed!

Music Assistant 

Tavaziva is seeking a Music Assistant to support Bawren Tavaziva on the music production week of our Journeying Between summer project for young people of varying abilities, aged 11-18.  The Music Assistant will be required to assist young people in creating an original piece of music to be used for a dance production in the following week of the project.  You will be required to arrive at the workshop venue at 12.30pm each day, sessions run 1pm to 4pm.  You must be confident in facilitating young people and may be required to work with small groups. Music Assistant will be a musician who has some knowledge of music production and is confident working with young people.

 

Up to 10 young people will work with Bawren to create a piece of music to be used for the dance week inspired by the title ‘Journeying Between’.  This project is also open to SEN participants attending, additional SEN support staff will be present.

 

You must be available to attend a planning meeting prior to the project, date TBC, as well as all dates from 13-17 August 2018. Workshops will take place at Caius House Youth Centre, 2 Holman Road, Battersea, SW11 3RL.

 

Total project fee is £500

 

Please email CV, and any supporting videos/showreels to kathleen.murphy@tavazivadance.com

Deadline for applications 23rd July 2018

 


CALL OUT FOR 2 PERCUSSIONISTS

CALL OUT for 2 x Percussionists for Tavaziva Dance Workshop

at Wilderness Festival

 

* FREE TICKETS TO WILDERNESS FESTIVAL AVAILABLE*

Bawren Tavaziva needs 2 x djembe percussionists to accompany him for a 1 hour Tavaziva dance workshop at Wilderness Festival on Friday 3rd June 2018. Percussionists will watch Tavaziva company performing Izindava on the Atrium Stage, and then play for the dance workshop open to all festival-goers.

 

Performance and Workshop details:

  • Fri 3 August 2018
  • 12.00pm-3.00pm
  • Atrium Stage

 

In return, you will receive:

  • 1 x Full Weekend Artist Pass for Wilderness Festival
  • Travel reimbursement

 

Percussionists will need to bring:

  • Your own djembe drum/percussion instrument
  • Your own camping equipment

 

 

Please send CV and any video clips of performances to

kathleen.murphy@tavazivadance.com by 12noon, Monday 16 July 2018.

Please note this position is unpaid.

 

Wilderness Festival 2 -5 August 2018, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire (www.wildernessfestival.com)


Sadlers Well Presents IZINDAVA at The Great Get Together

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We are excited to announce that Sadlers Wells Presents has chosen Tavaziva to perform an excerpt of Izindava at The Great Get Together at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 24th June.

Don’t miss this beautiful moving female trio taken from Bawren’s current production Izindava, communicating a universal message about human fragility within our changing world.

Performances: 13:45 & 16:30 on The Main Stage
Duration: 15mins

Location: North Events Lawn, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 3BS

 

The Great Get Together forms part of a nationwide event in partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation to bring communities together to celebrate connections and commonality.  Head to the Olympic Park between 12noon – 6pm and celebrate London’s diverse communities. Expect music and dance from around the world, along with a variety of family-friendly activities.

 

Join the event now!

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