This month Bawren delivered a Shona dance workshop in preparation for Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play The Convert at the Young Vic, directed by Ola Ince. The play is set in Zimbabwe in 1896 and follows the harrowing story of Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage.
Bawren worked with the cast, including Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Paapa Essiedu (RSC Hamlet) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), giving guidance on Shona dance techniques. He also led a Q&A session that allowed the cast to delve deeper into their roles.
“I loved working with this group of extraordinarily talented actors. I was tapping in to knowledge that even I was surprised to find in the depths of my consciousness, from my upbringing in Zimbabwe. I find it very cathartic to revisit my roots”. Bawren Tavaziva
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