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.

Tavaziva is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and is also supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.


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.


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

***** – Afridiziak Theatre News


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Artistic Director

Bawren Tavaziva

University of Surrey Administrative & Studio Placement

Adina Dumitrascu

Executive Director & Producer

Beth Cinamon

Board of Directors

Marie McCluskey MBE (Chair), Amanda Saunders, Colin Bourne Collins, Mercy Nabirye, Mykaell Riley, Tina Mermiri

Company Manager

Emily Winfield
(Monday, Tuesday & Friday)

Honorary President

Peter Kyle OBE

Learning and Participation Lead and Rehearsal Director

Richard Pitt

Graphic Design
Finance Manager

Jan Hart


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Tavaziva Office
Tavaziva, c/o bbo
Ensign House,
Battersea Reach
Juniper Drive
London SW18 1TA

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