We are delighted to welcome two new Associate Members to the Tavaziva team. Dzifa Benson and Euton Daley MBE will serve as advisors and advocates supporting the Board and Staff to deliver the company’s ambitions for the next three years.

 

Dzifa Benson is a multi-disciplinary live artist who uses literature as her primary mode of expression. The intersections between science, art, the body and ritual and by the question of who or what is invisible animate Dzifa’s practice. She explores this through poetry, storytelling, theatre, performance, libretti, essay, journalism and a range of other media. She has performed her work internationally in many contexts such as: the Courtauld Institute of Art, City & Islington College, Time Out, The Guardian, Southbank Centre, Tate Britain, They Royal Opera House, ITV Studios, Kings Place, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Shakespeare & Co Bookshop in Paris and other venues across the UK and abroad.

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Euton Daley MBE has more than 30 years’ experience of community development through the arts working with artists, young people and communities. His experience and leadership has turned ideas into reality, from project management and partnership development, budget planning and raising funds, to opportunities and mentoring for young people and communities with little or no access to the arts. He was artistic director and chief executive of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford for 23 years, responsible for establishing it as a major youth arts organisation with an impressive portfolio and a growing national and international reputation. Euton has also played a key role in landmark cultural initiatives, including Dancin’ Oxford, Cowley Road Carnival, Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership and Mesh (Oxford’s international youth arts festival). In 2008, he was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts and young people.

Euton founded Unlock the Chains Collective in 1986 to explore performance poetry (spoken word) as a theatrical form and to develop a dialogue with various social struggles at the time. Dormant for over 20 years, it reformed in 2013 to continue the journey and give Black artists performance platforms and to present and celebrate the Black experience whilst developing a Black Arts aesthetic.

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BOY’S KHAYA at Theatre Peckham Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou.

On 17 November 2022, BOY’S KHAYA will be showcased as part of the AFRIKA EYE Festival alongside a choreographic forum featuring Bawren Tavaziva and visiting choreographers Kennedy Mutanga and Deborah Badoo. Tavaziva will also lead a dance workshop, where he sets out to inspire and ignite interest in contemporary African dance.

AFRIKA EYE is back for its 16th edition of the festival with a program jam-packed with films, dance, music, food, panel discussions, and a stunning photography exhibition. The festival takes place in Bristol from the 7 to 17 November 2022.For more information and tickets, visit

For more information about the festival, visit the Afrika Eye website

Image by Fotetini Christofilopoulou

We’re delighted to be collaborating with our colleagues at bbodance to lead an Open Class on Thursday 15 September from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Anyone aged 14 years + is welcome to attend this free general-level ability class and explore Bawren Tavaziva’s unique style and technique, a beautiful and dynamic synthesis of contemporary, ballet and African dance, in an energetic, fun and supportive environment.

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Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) is an open access arts festival bringing together a lineup of cutting-edge theatre and comedy, exquisite music concerts, art exhibitions, workshops, experimental performance art, outdoor art extravaganzas, and everything in between. Presented by Wandsworth Council, events will take place across the borough of Wandsworth 10–26 June.

Tavaziva returns to WAF in collaboration with bbodance, the English National Ballet School, Alton Activity Centre, Ubuntu Museum and Roehampton R.O.C.K.S! to offer a series of activities designed to bring families together and get people moving.

All activities are inclusive and free, and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun!

 

Photo by Jevan Chowdhury

bbodance Community Dance Day
Saturday 18 June 2022
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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WAF Family Fun Day
Sunday 19 June 2022
12:00 – 2:00 PM

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Alton Activity Centre Family Fun Day
Saturday 25 June 2022
12:00 – 6:30 PM

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Freya Harris and Harriet Waghorn in BOY'S KHAYA. Image by Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photo by Foteini Christofilopoulou

On 12 June 2022, Tavaziva Dance will perform an excerpt of BOY’S KHAYA; the first dance performance ever to be part of the Whitstable Biennale. Dancers Freya Harris and Harriet Waghorn will perform alongside many other contemporary film, performance and sound artists from across the UK.

Whitstable Biennale returns this year for its 10th edition, taking place from Saturday 11 June to Sunday 19 June 2022. This year’s festival borrows its title from Mimi Khalvati’s evocative poem, Afterwardness. Through the eyes of ‘an eleven year old boy from Aleppo’ the poem explores loss, trauma and the concept of ‘afterwardness’, a term originally coined by Sigmund Freud to describe the belated understanding of events that comes with the passing of time.

For more information about the festival, visit the Whitstable Biennale website.

We warmly welcome Steven Gale to the Tavaziva team, who joins us as Producer leading on our touring productions and learning and participation programmes. 

Steven Gale, Producer

Steven Gale is a popular and respected theatre producer, with a demonstrable dedication to excellence, access and diversity in the performing arts. He was born in London, and studied drama and theatre arts at the universities of Exeter and Leeds.

Steven was assistant artistic director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, cultural events producer for the British Library, and workshop director for the National Student Drama Festival in Dublin. He was assistant director to the renowned Catalan theatre director Calixto Bieito on two Edinburgh International Festival productions, Life is a Dream and Barbaric Comedies, which were presented in Edinburgh, Dublin, London, Barcelona and New York.

Steven has also moderated over 500 author events at festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, Bath, Cambridge, Harrogate, Charleston, Folkestone, Faversham, Scarborough, Adelaide, Sydney, Byron Bay, Wellington (NZ), Ubud (Bali), Dubai, and Paris.

Tavaziva is seeking a Producer to deliver its integrated programme across a wide range of projects. This includes national tours, festivals, special events, digital and live learning and participation experiences packaged as one ‘Discover Tavaziva’ programme.

The Producer will work closely with the Artistic Director, Development and Company Managers. This is a senior role, reporting to the Executive Director as line manager.

The company, founded in 2004 by its Artistic Director, Zimbabwean-born choreographer Bawren Tavaziva has a vision to make original contemporary African dance that transforms and enriches. Black History and Education is a key component of the company’s programme of work.

Closing date: 23 March 2022

Boy's Khaya Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou.
Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou.

To Apply: Please send a covering letter (1 page, A4 size) and your CV to getintouch@tavazivadance.com with a reference TAVAZIVA PRODUCER    

Interview: Week commencing 28 March 2022

To view a detailed job specification and background information, click here.

Dancer and Writer Jessie Jing wrote a poem in response to watching our London performance of BOY’S KHAYA at Sadler’s Wells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matea Photography

Click here to read it and find out more.

 

Read the wonderful reviews we have received whilst on tour with our new work BOY’S KHAYA:

Corr Blimey, BOY’S KHAYA 

The List, BOY’S KHAYA 

The Student, BOY’S KHAYA reivew 

 

 

Boy’s Khaya gives a beautiful, powerful comment drawing on his own personal experience of racism and apartheid in Zimbabwe – Carole Woddis, theatre journalist and critic (The Arts Desk, Reviews Gate, My Theatre Mates, London Grip, woddisreviews.org.uk)

Photographer: Bafana Matea

Peter Kyle OBE

Huge congratulations to Peter Kyle OBE for his new position as Chair of The John Ellerman Foundation.

He takes over from the grantmaking foundation’s current Chair Hugh Raven at the end of the year. Kyle joined the foundation as a trustee in March 2014 as part of his long career in the arts and cultural sector. His former roles include Chief Executive of The Scottish Ballet, Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Dean of the Arts Educational Schools and Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe.

He is currently Chair of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a Trustee of Noel Coward Foundation, Governor of the English National Ballet School, Honorary President of Tavaziva Dance Company, and a Member of Council at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Kyle was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to drama.

Everyone at Tavaziva wishes Peter the very best with his new role.