In2it International Dance Festival is a dance festival run by Tendai Makurumbandi, a professional dancer and choreographer from Zimbabwe, who now teaches in Norway. Norwegian, French and UK companies get invited to the boundless festival that prides itself on cultural exchange and excellence.

Tavaziva were lucky enough to be invited last year, and again this year! Bawren and dancers Nicole, Harriet and Asmara will create a new version of Izindava with the integration of 23 Norwegian dancer. The Tavaziva and Norwegian dancers are training this week and performing on Sunday the 30th of September!

We asked Tendai three questions we’ve all been desperate to know, and his answers were so interesting! Check them out:

What is your favorite part of the festival?

My favorite part of the festival is when the program is rolling with artists closely sharing their work through performances and workshops.

How did you come to start running the festival?

Well, on a daily basis I work as a dance teacher within several culture schools in the region Møre Romsdal County. So dance has been the starting and ending at the culture school level, so I started the festival to break that cycle and bring in professional dancing to the region promoting cultural understanding, innovation and excellency! Our mission is to build cultural bridges though dance.

What are the Norwegian dancer’s backgrounds?

It will be 5 dancers from my company (Compassion 2Dance), 3 dance students from Sunndal Culture school, and 11 dance students from Kristiannsund Opera Ballet centre.

My company dancers came to be a part of the project because I would like to collaborate with Tavaziva in the near future, this will be a good starting point to create a working relationship.

As my intension is to develop dance in the region, so I have to invest in the upcoming dancers, the younger generation who has a huge interest in dance. I would like to further expose them to the dance world, meeting different experiences, share work and stage with professional dancers, create role models and inspire.

Bawren Tavaziva gives insights into the creation of #IZINDAVA on One Dance UK’s news page this week, as it makes its way to Newcastle’s Dance City.

Take a read in preparation for the upcoming performances.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our venues!

Dance City, Newcastle  12th April, 7:30pm

The Civic, Barnsley  14th April, 7:30pm

Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey  18th April, 8:00pm

South hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell  30th April, 7:45pm

Meet the Artist: Bawren Tavaziva

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.