Tribute to Thea Nerissa Barnes


Bawren Tavaziva has been invited to make a new duet in memory of Thea Nerissa Barnes for a tribute performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London on Monday 12 August 2019. Thea was Bawren’s Artistic Director at Phoenix Dance when he was a dancer with the company between 2000 and 2002.

“Thea Barnes was amazing and I learnt so much from her as a person and as a director. She had a very unique vibe and I want the duet that I present at the tribute to reflect that character, in celebration of her life. When I made Umdlalo Kasisi in 2004, Thea said it was ‘a gem’ and a gift to my sister who the work was dedicated to. I want this new work to be just as special, and my gift to Thea.”  Bawren Tavaziva

The show will also launch The Thea Barnes Legacy Fund, which has been created to support the work of current and future dance artists.