Young Warriors

Another fantastic review from blogger A Dancer’s Perspective on taking part in Tavaziva’s residency with Dance Republic 2‘s Propella group in the autumn, who created a very powerful piece called Young Warriors. The performance was presented as a curtain raiser for Izindava at AMATA in Falmouth. Company dancers Yaa Appiah-Badu and Luke Crook had a wonderful week working with 11 young dancers to create the work…click here to read in full!

“It was a really special few days for me and I’m so happy to hear that it had a similar impact on a group with so much potential” Luke Crook

Catch Izindava on tour this spring – click here to find out about tour dates and here for info on our learning and participation programme.

OATH by former Tavaziva Dancer Anna Watkins

On tour this spring, former Tavaziva dancer Anna Watkins presents OATH. Three contemporary dance works, which include a short dance film in collaboration with Film Oxford.

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20 April 7.30pm Swindon Dance

25 April 7.30pm Watermans, London
4 May 7.30pm Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

From evolution theories transitioning into modern man to the equality of women. Our behaviours and instincts in society. Celebrating 100 years since women were able to vote. It’s time we all made a change. Click here for more information and how to book.

Bawren choreographs for #Ending the Silence

2949-1019Bawren is currently collaborating with Euton Daley’s Unlock the Chains Collective who are in rehearsals for the new production #Ending the Silence, also featuring Tavaziva company dancer Luke Crook. The show is at the Old Fire Station, Oxford from 22 to 24 February.

Celebrating 70 years since the MV Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks in 1948, the show contributes to the Black Lives Matter movement and takes a journey through the Black experience. Click here for more information and how to book.

Professional class is back!

Dancers come and join us for class!

A unique synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance styles lead by either Bawren Tavaziva, rehearsal Assistant Lisa Rowley or ballet class with guest teachers. Be ready for a highly energetic and physically challenging contemporary or ballet class that will raise your fitness levels.

Venue: bbo Dance, Ensign House, Battersea Reach, Juniper Drive, SW18 1TA

Time: 10:30am – 12pm, studio open from 10am

Price: £8 per class

Click here for more details and to book!

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Call for Male Dancer

Tavaziva is looking for one male dancer to join the company for rehearsals and touring of its production IZINDAVA from March 2018.

Male dancers must have at least 3 years professional experience, strong contemporary technique and be able to learn quickly.

Apply by sending biography and show reel by 10am Friday 9 February 2018. Click here for further details.

Izindava press release

London based, Zimbabwean choreographer Bawren Tavaziva interprets his own experiences in IZINDAVA …

“I wanted to create this work to explore why it is that the world we live in gives us so much fear . It is important for me to re-visit my past and give hope to future generations. I have got back in touch with my soul, and have my spirit back. When I got it back, it was so refreshing to be human” Bawren Tavaziva

As Tavaziva prepare for their spring tour of Izindava, click here to read the latest press release in full. Catch Izindava at a venue near you:

Tavaziva is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant

Tavaziva is seeking an Administrative Assistant for a fixed term 6-month position March-Sept 2018.

Closing date: Thursday 1 Feb 2018 by 5:00pm (you will be notified on Monday 5 Feb if invited for interview)

Interviews: Friday 9 February 2018

If you are highly organized, enthusiastic about getting things done and have an interest in arts management and administration, we would like to hear from you.

The Administrative Assistant shall support the Company Manager (maternity cover) in the day-to-day running of the Company and its operations in accordance within the aims and objectives of Tavaziva, the logistics of the touring productions and the planned programmes and activities.

Tavaziva is an acclaimed company touring work by its founder and artistic director, Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva whose style uniquely combines African, ballet and contemporary dance. Dynamic, bold, risk-taking and beautiful, the work is popular with venues and audiences.

In March/April 2018, Tavaziva is undertaking a short tour of its production IZINDAVA, after which a variety of projects take place throughout the year.

Appointment: Part-time, 2.5 days per week, 6 month fixed term contract

Salary: £18,500pa pro rata payable for the duration of the fixed term period, after which it will cease.

Reporting to: Company Manager (maternity cover)

Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus bank holidays per year pro rata accrued for the fixed term period

Office hours: 10am-6pm. Evening and weekend work may be required at times. Overtime is not paid but discretionary TOIL is offered.

Location: bbodance, Ensign House, Battersea Reach Juniper Drive, London SW18 1TA

Details: For Job Description and further information click here

To apply: Please email your recent CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) describing your relevant experience and what you will bring to the job. Please clearly mark your application ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT.

Send to:

Start date of appointment: Some handover dates in late February or early March 2018 with start date in mid-March 2018.

Happy New Year

We hope you had a fabulous festival season and that there’s a prosperous new year ahead for you. We’re looking forward to an exciting 2018 as we continue the tour of Bawren’s most personal work to date Izindava and work with regional partners and students across the UK.

We had so much to choose from, but here’s a round-up of our five highlights from 2017…


1. Research & Development with Rambert

We started the year with an exciting 4 week project where Bawren had the opportunity to work with dancers from Rambert and collaborated with Dramaturg Peter Glanville from Polka Theatre, to develop a family piece called Mud Child.

“Bawren has developed a unique style of dancing which mixes his African heritage with contemporary dance styles. His physical language is multifaceted, challenging the dancers from different angles all at once. I love it when this vocabulary drives the dancers hard which makes it great to watch, sudden jumps are thrown into grounded phrases the torsos whip and the legs punch. Altogether extraordinary.” Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director, Rambert


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2. Africarman Tour

We concluded our extensive tour of Africarmen in April 2017. Set in a modern-day oil-rich, military dictatorship in Africa, it had a beautiful score composed by Fayyaz Virji of Warriors International. The show visited 25 venues around the UK and was accompanied by a successful education programme, working with around 1,300 young people.

“What a brilliant, amazing production!  It was just excellent, and the dancers were fabulous! … fast, furious, sexy and emotional, totally absorbing!” Audience Member

photo: Manoj Nair

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3. Izindava Tour

In the summer of 2017 Bawren started work on the creation of his latest touring work Izindava. The new work toured this autumn and has further dates planned for spring 2018. Izindava reflects on themes of post-colonial Zimbabwe as well as portraying today’s conflicts, greed and corruption around the world. Bawren speaks out for injustice whilst at the same time we witness his inner-most demons and fears. Politics, trauma, persecution and death are not easy subjects for making dance, yet he has conveyed so much that feels universal and personal.

“A dynamic dance production, rich and exciting in every deptment (incl design/music). Political, urgent yet personal and open to interpretation. Wow” Donald Hutera (The Times)

photo: Tony Hay

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4. Learning and Participation

We’ve had a bumper year of educational projects working with over 1,000 participants, led by Bawren, the dancers and associate artists. ZIVA Youth continues to thrive, engaging young men aged 14-19 years, at William Ellis School in Camden, WAC Arts and a new partnership with the Arts and Media School, Islington.

In May we held TavIntensive, a two day professional programme of classes and choreography with Bawren, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe. We also continued our professional class programme throughout the year – watch this space for more classes in the spring, on sale February 2018!

We continue to nurture talanted young dancers through our Post-graduate Apprentice programme with Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Nicole Victor and Asmara Cammock joined Tavaziva for the creation and tour of Izindava. We also offered two dance students from Surrey University, a professional training placement, supporting Tavaziva’s administration, giving them the opportunity to work alongside our staff to deliver the programme of activity throughout the year.

We had a number of Curtain Raiser performances connected to the tours of Africarman and Izindava, where our dancers worked with students from Dance East, William Ellis School, WAC Arts, New College Nottingham and Dance Republic 2 to create a short performance, based on themes from the shows. We also held a number of one off workshops and residencies in the majority of cities and towns we visited.

“The intensity pushed and challenged my body, as well as my understanding of contemporary dance” Participant

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5. We Moved!

We’ve had nearly a whole year in our new home, based at bbodance in Battersea. The company has enjoyed re-locating to a shiny new office and gorgeous studios where Bawren created Izindava during the summer. Having the whole company under one roof and with bbodance and One Dance UK right next door, we are developing great new relationships. We have also met with local arts and community organisations in our area.

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Merry Christmas from all at Tavaziva!

We wish you a fabulous festival season and a prosperous new year. We’re looking ahead to an exciting 2018 as we continue the tour of Bawren’s most personal work to date Izindava. We will also be working with regional partners and students across the UK. Thank you to all our dancers and artists who have made 2017 such a success.

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