Out Now! Our second TavTorial online class led by Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva. Join in with an African dance class, improve your technique and increase your stamina.

Each week  until 2 June you can take part, get moving and experience Bawren’s unique synthesises of Ballet, Contemporary and African dance. Next week tune in for a class focusing on African and Contemporary Fusion. We hope the classes keep dancers focused and motivated.

TavTorials and the rest of our #DiscoverTavaziva series can be found on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe now so you don’t miss a thing.

On now, the next instalment of our #DiscoverTavaziva series is Mandla. 

Mandla is a powerful dance piece exploring the themes of struggle for freedom and fair treatment, in honour of Nelson Mandela who dedicated his life to fighting for the views, attitudes and rights of all people of South Africa. “This is a personal tribute to Mandela. At the same time I was looking at people who fight during wars, who deserve the same respect and have never been recognised for their work.”

It is a prayer to the ancestors asking God to help us appreciate and acknowledge the people who sacrificed their lives fighting against oppression.

‘Intriguing and deeply sensuous’ The Stage

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We’re thrilled to be part of WAF in Your Living Room 2020. Check out our #DiscoverTavaziva programme in the festival line-up, plus hundreds of other amazing cultural experiences including dance, theatre, opera, comedy and many, many workshops! Visit www.wandsworthfringe.com and search for Tavaziva in the ‘What’s On’ section. Wandsworth Arts Fringe is running until 24 May!

Out Now! Our first TavTorial online class led by Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva. Join in with an intermediate warm up of exercises that we use day-to-day in the studio with the company!

Each week  until 2 June you can take part, get moving and experience Bawren’s unique synthesises of Ballet, Contemporary and African dance. Next week tune in for a class focusing on African dance.

TavTorials and the rest of our #DiscoverTavaziva series can be found on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe now so you don’t miss a thing.

The first release of our #DiscoverTavaziva series is Umdhlalo kaSisi is ready to watch NOW!

Inspired by the untimely death of his sister, Umdlalo kaSisi is Bawren’s heartfelt narrative of love and loss, strength of community, and a celebration of her life. Bawren presented this work as a finalist at The Place Prize, shortly before forming Tavaziva Dance. Created in 2004, restaged in 2014, rediscovered in 2020. The films are accompanied by commentary from Bawren Tavaziva providing a context to each of the works.

‘Impressively large, too, is Bawren Tavaziva’s Umdlalo Kasisi whose rich fluid structures build seamlessly to evoke currents of love and loss.’ Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

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We are excited to launch our new online programme #DiscoverTavaziva.

It includes TavTorials, a series of online Intermediate classes led by Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva, film, footage and interviews. We rediscover and talk about works from our archives, and start new conversations with artists. Everything is FREE of charge for you to access.

Look out for unseen footage from our studio rehearsals, productions and digital explorations with Notch software technology, a programme we have been using for our next show.

To kick-start the #DiscoverTavaziva series, we screen extracts from some of our most acclaimed productions, starting with Bawren Tavaziva’s Umdhlalo kaSisi (Dance for my Sister), created in 2004. The films are accompanied by commentary from Bawren Tavaziva providing a context to each of the works.

While everyone is staying at home because of Covid-19, we want to reach out to you and inspire you to move! Bawren has created 3 different TavTorial classes so you can work on your technique, learn the basics of African and Contemporary dance and his unique fusion.

Keep an eye on our social media platforms and website to find weekly schedules of releases and the links to all the new content we have prepared. Available on our YouTube channel so go and check that out!

Come with us and #DiscoverTavaziva

 

Schedule

Friday 15 May – Umdhlalo kaSisi, 5 mins

Tuesday 19 May – Tavtorial with Bawren Tavaziva (Intermediate Warm Up), 40 mins

Friday 22 May – Mandla, 5 mins

Tuesday 26 May – Tavtorial with Bawren Tavaziva (African), 40 mins

Friday 29 May – Double Take, 5 mins

Tuesday 2 June – Tavtorial with Bawren Tavaziva (Contemporary and African Fusion), 40 mins

Friday 5 June – Chivezwa, 7 mins

The Tavaziva Team just wanted to reach out to you during these worrying and challenging times to say hello and to keep connected. As we continue to experience lock-down together, it’s even more important now to stay positive, support each other and be reassured that an end to the restrictions will come and our freedom will return.  

We feel so humbled to hear how artists, producers, choreographers, musicians and our whole cultural network are drawing breath, taking stock and gradually re-inventing ways to communicate and keep our practices alive and relevant. 

For Tavaziva, we are delving into our archive, contextualising past productions, assembling unseen footage and exploring on-line demos, classes and audio recordings with Bawren and our collaborators.

We are pleased by the encouragement and support provided by our colleagues at Arts Council England, One Dance UK, messages from our friends and fellow arts organisations, and by the many support groups and funds made available for artists on various platforms. 

‘My heart reaches out to those families who have lost their beloved ones due to the Coronavirus. I know we will conquer this and return to normal life, so let’s all keep ourselves lifted through this difficult time’. Bawren Tavaziva, Artistic Director

While returning to live performance, open class and workshops may feel like a far-away dream at the moment, we encourage you to keep moving, stay motivated and connected. Like Akram Khan recently said, “Hope brings possibility”.

Stay safe and well, Tavaziva Team

Like many of our colleagues in arts and culture, and fellow dance companies effected by the challenges of COVID-19, Tavaziva is following the government guidelines and taking all the appropriate measures to protect and support the well-being of our staff and their families.

We are using the time wisely to prepare for when normality resumes, particularly around the planning for Tavaziva’s next touring work BOY’S KHAYA in the autumn.

We will keep you updated on any developments and wish you all to stay safe and well.

Tavaziva Team ​

Monday, 25th November, N’da Dance Company invites you to a fundraising performance bringing together UK’s top dancers in companies and independent artists who have pledged their support to the shared vision and mission as young South Africans sharing an essence of culture through dance, poetry and songs. They will be performing in three short works by choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni, who has previously danced with Tavaziva.

N’da Dnace’s South Africa outreach project iamaware is an initiative to connect South African artists of the diaspora and our global network of friends with communities in the rural areas and townships of South Africa to develop projects that facilitate knowledge sharing and skills exchanges towards self and collective empowerment.

Funds raised through tickets sales would go towards outreach projects and development of N’da’s platforms to deliver programmes in the UK with close links and connections to SA.

Supported by the South African High Commissioner Thembi Tambo. Book here!

This past October saw Tavaziva travelling to Taunton and Slough to deliver inspiring and exciting workshops to some lucky dancers.

Tavaziva was delighted to take part in the first edition of Tyca – the Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival. As part of this Bawren Tavaziva led a full-day dance and choreographic workshop for students on Btec National Diploma from Bridgwater & Taunton College. They worked towards creating a stunning curtain raiser piece which was featured in the Tyca Festival Opening Night on November 1st, the dancers giving an outstanding performance and embodying Bawren’s unique style.

At the same time two of our company dancers headed back to Creative Academy in Slough as Tavaziva was one of the guest companies for their Masterclass Week programme. With two intense technical and creative sessions, the participants had the opportunity to learn some of the company’s repertoire from past productions, but not before engaging in a Tavaziva style warm up and class which is set to improve technique, stamina and musicality.