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!



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

Deadline for applications 23rd July 2018



CALL OUT for 2 x Percussionists for Tavaziva Dance Workshop

at Wilderness Festival



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 by 12noon, Monday 16 July 2018.

Please note this position is unpaid.


Wilderness Festival 2 -5 August 2018, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire (

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!


Tavaziva is looking for one male dancer to join the company to perform at Wilderness Festival on 3rd August 2018, includes a free festival weekend ticket.

Tavaziva is a contemporary-African dance company led by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva. His unique and powerful style is a synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance and demands dancers with strong technique.

Applicants must have attended professional dance training for at least 3 years and have strong contemporary dance technique. African dance styles will be an advantage.

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend company class on Wednesday 20 June and Thursday 21 June, 10.30am-12pm.

The contract will be offered on a freelance basis. Fee available on request.

To apply: please send your biography and show reel links to: by 12noon Tuesday 19 June 2018.


Please DO NOT apply if you are not available for these dates:

Fri 27 July – Rehearsal in London 10am-6pm

Mon 30 July – Rehearsal in London 10am-6pm

Tue 31 July – Rehearsal in London 10am-6pm

Wed 1 August – Rehearsal in London 10am-6pm

Thurs 2 August – Travel day

Fri 3 August – Performance @ Wilderness Festival


Tavaziva is unable to sponsor work visas and you must have the legal right to work in the UK.

If you have any questions please email or call 020 8237 7010.

Tavaziva is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all. Please let us know of any access requirements on application.


Professional Class Returns!













Dancers join us for class!

Tavaziva’s professional class returns and Bawren Tavaziva will be leading an hour and a half class incorporating his unique synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance styles. Get ready for a highly energetic and physically challenging contemporary class that will raise your fitness levels.

Dates: 20th & 21st June, 27th & 30th & 31st July, 1st August and 20th &21st September

Location: Caius House, 2 Holman Rd, Battersea, London SW11 3RA

Time: 10:30am – 12pm

The studio will be open from 10am for warming up


Book here to avoid disappointment!

Meet the Artist: Bawren Tavaziva

Bawren Tavaziva gives insights into the creation of #IZINDAVA on One Dance UK’s news page this week, as it makes its way to Newcastle’s Dance City. Take a read in preparation for the upcoming performances.


Dance City, Newcastle  12th April, 7:30pm

The Civic, Barnsley  14th April, 7:30pm

Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey  18th April, 8:00pm

South hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell  30th April, 7:45pm

We look forward to seeing you at one of our venues!


Meet the Artist: Bawren Tavaziva

CHIPAWO Film Project

Bawren and Company Dancer Yaa Appiah-Badu worked with a group of boys aged 11-16 in February half term to create and choreograph dance, and learn film-making skills by experts from our project partners Chocolate Films. The boys not only performed their final piece at Laban in Greenwich, but also documented the process and performance, sharing their experience through film.

Here it is, we hope you enjoy it!