Our #DiscoverTavaziva series has got off to a tremendous start with lots of you tuning in for TavTorials with Bawren, extracts of work from over the years that include a unique commentary by Bawren about how he was inspired to create, plus behind the scenes footage from photographer and film maker Alfred George Bailey.

Our third TavTorial, focusing on Contemporary and African Fusion, will be going live tomorrow. And don’t forget that you can still catch our Intermediate Warm-Up and African classes! They will continue to be available on our YouTube Channel and are completely Free for you to join in with!

We have lots more coming up, so keep an eye on our social media platforms and the Tavaziva website to find weekly schedules of releases and links to all the new content we have prepared. Available on our YouTube channel so make sure you subscribe now, so you don’t miss a thing.

Come with us and #DiscoverTavaziva

 

Schedule

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

Friday 5 June – My Friend Robert, 7 mins

Friday 12 June – Chivezwa, 7 mins

Friday 19 June – Wild Dog, 5 mins

Friday 26 June – Sinful Intimacies, 5 mins

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

There are two sides to every story… Through adversity, there comes triumph. Through pain, there comes love. After a storm, comes calm. Double Take, created in 2010, is an intensely courageous work that surveys the impact of black dance and Bawren Tavaziva’s contribution to the contemporary dance landscape in Britain. An immersive celebration of culture, hardship, agony and joy.

‘Tavaziva harnesses the speed and energy of his muscular dancers with consummate skill, creating patterns of collective movement and individual architecture that is endlessly inventive… these powerhouse dancers deliver a memorable and exciting exploration of two cultures.’ The Stage

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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

SUBSCRIBE to Tavaziva Dance Official YouTube channel for more online classes, trailers, extracts of productions and behind the scenes short films!

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 ​