Bawren and Company Dancer Yaa Appiah-Badu worked with a group of boys aged 11-16 in February half term to create and choreograph dance, and learn film-making skills by experts from our project partners Chocolate Films. The boys not only performed their final piece at Laban in Greenwich, but also documented the process and performance, sharing their experience through film.

Here it is, we hope you enjoy it!

What a fantastic week Tavaziva has had back in the studio rehearsing Izindava, which tours again this spring!

The company dancers are back refreshing the show with Bawren Tavaziva, accompanied by by new dancer Kieran Page (who we will introduce to you properly next week).

Don’t forget that you can join the dancers for pro class every day next week – details can be found by clicking here.

And make sure you catch the show near you, first stop is Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London on Thursday 22 March.

Then we’ll be touring the UK:

3 April 2018
Mercury Theatre, Colchester

12 April 2018
DanceCity, Newcastle

14 April 2018
The Civic, Barnsley

18 April 2018
Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey

30 April 2018
South Hill Park, Bracknell

Click here for more details on the tour.

Young Warriors

Another fantastic review from blogger A Dancer’s Perspective on taking part in Tavaziva’s residency with Dance Republic 2‘s Propella group in the autumn, who created a very powerful piece called Young Warriors. The performance was presented as a curtain raiser for Izindava at AMATA in Falmouth. Company dancers Yaa Appiah-Badu and Luke Crook had a wonderful week working with 11 young dancers to create the work…click here to read in full!

“It was a really special few days for me and I’m so happy to hear that it had a similar impact on a group with so much potential” Luke Crook

Catch Izindava on tour this spring – click here to find out about tour dates and here for info on our learning and participation programme.

On tour this spring, former Tavaziva dancer Anna Watkins presents OATH. Three contemporary dance works, which include a short dance film in collaboration with Film Oxford.

20 April 7.30pm Swindon Dance

25 April 7.30pm Watermans, London
4 May 7.30pm Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

From evolution theories transitioning into modern man to the equality of women. Our behaviours and instincts in society. Celebrating 100 years since women were able to vote. It’s time we all made a change. Click here for more information and how to book.

Bawren is currently collaborating with Euton Daley’s Unlock the Chains Collective who are in rehearsals for the new production #Ending the Silence, also featuring Tavaziva company dancer Luke Crook. The show is at the Old Fire Station, Oxford from 22 to 24 February.

Celebrating 70 years since the MV Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks in 1948, the show contributes to the Black Lives Matter movement and takes a journey through the Black experience. Click here for more information and how to book.

Dancers come and join us for class!

A unique synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance styles lead by either Bawren Tavaziva, rehearsal Assistant Lisa Rowley or ballet class with guest teachers. Be ready for a highly energetic and physically challenging contemporary or ballet class that will raise your fitness levels.

Venue: bbo Dance, Ensign House, Battersea Reach, Juniper Drive, SW18 1TA

Time: 10:30am – 12pm, studio open from 10am

Price: £8 per class

Click here for more details and to book!

Tavaziva is looking for one male dancer to join the company for rehearsals and touring of its production IZINDAVA from March 2018.

Male dancers must have at least 3 years professional experience, strong contemporary technique and be able to learn quickly.

Apply by sending biography and show reel by 10am Friday 9 February 2018. Click here for further details.

Check out this great review of Izindava in A Dancer’s Perspective’s first ever blog! Book now for the spring tour:

22 March 2018
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London

3 April 2018
Mercury Theatre, Colchester

12 April 2018
DanceCity, Newcastle

14 April 2018
The Civic, Barnsley

18 April 2018
Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey

30 April 2018
Southill Park, Bracknell

Click here for more details on the tour.

London based, Zimbabwean choreographer Bawren Tavaziva interprets his own experiences in IZINDAVA …

“I wanted to create this work to explore why it is that the world we live in gives us so much fear . It is important for me to re-visit my past and give hope to future generations. I have got back in touch with my soul, and have my spirit back. When I got it back, it was so refreshing to be human” Bawren Tavaziva

As Tavaziva prepare for their spring tour of Izindava, click here to read the latest press release in full. Catch Izindava at a venue near you:

22 March 2018
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London

3 April 2018
Mercury Theatre, Colchester

12 April 2018
DanceCity, Newcastle

14 April 2018
Barnsley Civic, Barnsley

18 April 2018
Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey

30 April 2018
Southill Park, Bracknell

Tavaziva is seeking an Administrative Assistant for a fixed term 6-month position March-Sept 2018.

Closing date: Thursday 1 Feb 2018 by 5:00pm (you will be notified on Monday 5 Feb if invited for interview)

Interviews: Friday 9 February 2018

If you are highly organized, enthusiastic about getting things done and have an interest in arts management and administration, we would like to hear from you.

The Administrative Assistant shall support the Company Manager (maternity cover) in the day-to-day running of the Company and its operations in accordance within the aims and objectives of Tavaziva, the logistics of the touring productions and the planned programmes and activities.

Tavaziva is an acclaimed company touring work by its founder and artistic director, Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva whose style uniquely combines African, ballet and contemporary dance. Dynamic, bold, risk-taking and beautiful, the work is popular with venues and audiences.

In March/April 2018, Tavaziva is undertaking a short tour of its production IZINDAVA, after which a variety of projects take place throughout the year.

Appointment: Part-time, 2.5 days per week, 6 month fixed term contract

Salary: £18,500pa pro rata payable for the duration of the fixed term period, after which it will cease.

Reporting to: Company Manager (maternity cover)

Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus bank holidays per year pro rata accrued for the fixed term period

Office hours: 10am-6pm. Evening and weekend work may be required at times. Overtime is not paid but discretionary TOIL is offered.

Location: bbodance, Ensign House, Battersea Reach Juniper Drive, London SW18 1TA

Details: For Job Description and further information click here

To apply: Please email your recent CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) describing your relevant experience and what you will bring to the job. Please clearly mark your application ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT.

Send to: beth.cinamon@tavazivadance.com

Start date of appointment: Some handover dates in late February or early March 2018 with start date in mid-March 2018.