Tavaziva was established in 2004 and is led by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva. 

Tavaziva is renowned for its beautiful and dynamic hybridization of contemporary, ballet and African dance. The style demands a high degree of technique, talent and skill resulting in unique, intricate and thrilling choreography for audiences to be inspired by.

Based in London with a national reach, the company also prides itself in offering opportunities for young dancers and graduates. Tavaziva tours to venues throughout the UK and internationally, run a postgraduate dance apprenticeship programme, deliver a range of education and training programmes for young dancers, and has been commissioned to make work for organisations such as CAT (Centre for Advanced Training), Association of the African Diaspora, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Southbank Centre.

Tavaziva has produced: Umdlalo Kasisi 2004, 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, BOY’S KHAYA 2021.

Tavaziva is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.

Every dancer is magnificent— every single one. It is a contemporary African masterpiece.

***** – Afridiziak Theatre News


Tavaziva’s vision is to make original contemporary African choreography that excites, transforms and enriches people’s experience of dance. Through performances, training, learning and participation, we aim to share a culture of creative exchange, opportunity, excellence and innovation.

Black Lives Matter

The killing of George Floyd and the subsequent galvanisation of the Black Lives Matter movement has brought international attention to systemic racism. It is embedded in the structures of our society, from education to the creative industries. Achieving social and racial justice requires a commitment to long-term, substantial change.

Tavaziva is dedicated to help drive this change and will continue to speak out against persecution, corruption, and fear of surveillance that are increasingly prevalent today, through works such as Izindava and Boy’s Khaya. We are determined to encourage and support young Black talent to become great artists, producers, and entrepreneurs, fighting for equality. We know there is a lot to do and we will keep taking steps in the right direction to achieve change.

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Artistic Director

Bawren Tavaziva

Executive Director

Dr Mercy Nabirye FRSA FWL

Board of Directors

Marie McCluskey MBE (Chair), Amanda Saunders, Dr Mykaell Riley, Sinibaldo De Rosa (PhD, ResMA) and José Hendo


Peter Kyle CBE and Sam Mataure

Honorary President

Peter Kyle CBE

Administrative Manager

Mary Kinsella

Finance Manager

Jan Hart


Steven Gale

Graphic Design


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Tavaziva Dance
c/o bbodance
Ensign House
Battersea Reach
Juniper Drive
London SW18 1TA

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Tavaziva is a company limited by guarantee (no. 5756833), a registered charity (no. 1135967) and VAT registered (no. 945 078893).  It is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.