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.

Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Tavaziva is looking for an Interim Executive Director

The Interim Executive Director will guide the organisation’s strategic development and planning over the next period to April 2022.

Closing date: 22 October 2021

Tavaziva Interim Executive Director Call 2021

Tavaziva Background Information

Click here to listen to a new episode on Doc’n Roll Radio featuring the wonderful Alfred George Bailey.
 
We have worked with Photographer and Film Maker Alfred over the years as he has captured some of our most memorable works and studio sessions. More recently, Alfred filmed and directed ‘I Still Breathe’, a feature documentary in which young adults express their feelings and experiences of racism and the protest movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Two of our dancers Dak Mashava and Harriet Waghorn were involved in the film, as well as our alumni dancer Lisa Rowley.
 
We recommend listening to this fascinating episode where Alfred discusses music, film and photography, his work and the future. 
Introducing ‘Unboxing Dance’ by recent Trinity Laban graduate Josie Bower, which features Bawren Tavaziva. This is episode is part of a podcast series made for Josie’s dissertation titled ‘Unboxing Dance: A reflection and appreciation of Black dance in Britain’.
A topic chosen as a reaction to her own experience of British dance curricula, Josie felt it necessary to investigate Black dance in Britain further from a position of white privilege. She aimed to provide an educational space, for both herself and listeners, exploring first hand experiences of what it is to be a Black dance artist in the UK. 
 
In this segment of the podcast, Bawren delves into the new work BOY’S KHAYA. He explains that the source of inspirations for the work stems from his upbringing in Zimbabwe and how he uses personal memories in his creative process. The importance of versatility as well as Bawren’s unique fusion of dance styles is also discussed.
Listen to Bawren’s episode here: