Greed; an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves. Like lust and gluttony, greed is a sin of excess, yet applied to a rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions. Greed, created in 2013, explores the etymology of the word and deals with the complexities of money, power and religion and explores the subtle, and not so subtle, differences between African and western cultures.

Tavaziva is a choreographer who doesn’t waste a sound. Dancers move seamlessly from deep pliés into dynamic jumps with gymnastic extensions and then fast spins almost as soon as their feet find the floor again. This tribe may be small in number but they are also athletes chosen from a supreme Olympian elite.

Graham Watts, DanceTab


Katie Cambridge

Katie grew up in Brighton and trained at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) where she worked with Marc Brew, Colin Poole and toured works by Siobhan Davies and Merce Cunningham to Italy and London, as part of LC3. Katie joined Tavaziva Dance in August 2009 as part of LCDS’s Post Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme. During her time as an apprentice, Katie was also involved in Tavaziva’s Education Programme, creating works for Cornwall Youth Dance and the Wycombe Swan’s United in Dance project. Katie is also an Administrative Assistant for the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme at The Place. More recently she has performed with Cscape in “The Venus Flower” as part of the Global Garden Project. Following her apprenticeship, Katie joined Tavaziva Dance as a full time dancer in September 2010.

Lisa Rowley

Izindava Cast

Originally from Leicester, Lisa trained at the Dupont School. She then trained at Laban graduating in 2008. Since then she has toured internationally with Transitions Dance Company. Lisa then went on to work with Henri Oguike Dance Company. Following this Lisa joined ACE Dance and Music with choreography by Andile Sotiya and Douglas Thorpe.

Lisa was a founding member of Joss Arnott Dance Company and has toured with them since 2010. In 2014 Lisa worked on a solo ‘Not waving’ collaborating with director Paul Sadot which was awarded Arts Council funding to develop and tour in autumn 2015. Lisa went to Africa alongside Bawren to work with Dinani dance group in Ghana. More recently Lisa has been back in the studio with Joss Arnott working on a new trio called ‘A Movement in 3’. Lisa also teaches her own workshops throughout the UK and at certain vocational schools such as Italia Conti. Lisa joined Tavaziva in September 2010 and was our Rehearsal Assistant in 2018.

Petros Treklis

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Petros moved to London in 2007, and graduated from Laban with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in July 2010. During his training at Laban, Petros worked with Rosemary Butcher, Gary Lambert, Dam Van Huynh, Rosemary Brandt, Charles Linehan, and Kerry Nicholls. In early 2010 Petros toured Kerry Nicholls work, ‘Hearth’ in Malta, performing for the Maltese Arts Council. He then went on to tour ‘Sainte Marie-Joseph De La Rose’ by upcoming choreographer Tamara Gvozdenovic in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Petros joined Tavaziva Dance in September 2010.

Anna Watkins

Anna trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She has worked as a dancer with European Ballet, Neville Campbell, Pair Dance, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Maxwell Dance Project, and ‘Dance in Focus’- for their world Premiere UK tour of ‘Broken’ in 2015 . Anna formed her own dance company Watkins Dance Company, in 2011. She was awarded funding from Arts Council England for her production ‘Angled Eye’. In 2014–2015 Anna was commissioned to choreograph for Third Row Dance Company, New College Youth Dance Company, Suffolk Youth Company, English National Ballet Youth Company and LSC Expressive Arts. She was appointed a role on the CAT teaching faculty at Dance City, Newcastle. Anna was Rehearsal Assistant for Tavaziva 2009 – 2010, and is Project Manager for Tavaziva Male. Anna joined Tavaziva in 2007.

Ellen Yilma

Ellen graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in July 2011, having previously trained at Tring Park, School for the Performing Arts. Ellen joined Tavaziva as an apprentice dancer, part of the Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme at LCDS. She has toured with Watkins Dance since June 2012, and in spring 2013 took part in the Barbican Exhibition ‘dancing around Duchamp season’, performing Merce Cunningham repertoire. Ellen has also worked with IJAD Dance Company on ‘Infinite-Space’, and with Second Hand Dance in developing ‘Getting Dressed’. In November 2014 she completed her MA in Contemporary Dance with Distinction and has become a contemporary dance teacher for Tring Park Associates. She is a workshop leader for Tavaziva’s extensive education programme. Ellen joined Tavaziva as a company member in September 2012.

Leire Garin

Leire was born in Pamplona (Spain) and from a young age she started her studies in dance and music. She continued with her dance studies in ballet and contemporary at Almudena Lobon Dance School in Pamplona. Leire joined Aldanza Company in 2006 performing in Almudena Lobon, Antonio Calero and Natalia Vinas . In 2007 she studied the ceccetti technique and completed different contemporary courses in Canada. In 2009 Leire moved to London and trained at London Contemporary Dance School where she had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Richard Alston and Siobhan Davies.  During her Degree Leire took part in workshops with dancers of Rosas, Les Ballet C de la B and Vandekeybus in Brussels. Leire graduated with a BA in Contemporary dance in 2012. Leire was also a dancer in Quicksilver Dance Company (Rambert youth company) where she performed in RichDance and BIG DANCE. Leire has also presented her choreographic skill with a piece she created in 2010 called Ganymede. Leire joined Tavaziva Dance as part of the London Contemporary Dance School Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme in September 2012.

Claire Lambert

Claire was born in the south of France and began youth dance training in the UK at the age of 15. In 2009, she moved to London for vocational training graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with BA (Hons) Dance Theatre in 2012. Throughout her training, Claire has worked with a variety of artists including Lea Anderson, Mestre Ponciano, Zoi Dimitriou, Jeremy Nelson, Rosemary Brandt, Alison Curtis-Jones, Valerie Preston-Dunlop, Amanda Gough and Sonia Rafferty. Whilst studying in London, Claire has performed her own choreography and continues to work collaboratively within JECL Dance, based in the West Midlands. She has also worked with Bawren Tavaziva on City of London Festival 2012 and performed in the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games. Claire joined Tavaziva Dance as part of the London Contemporary Dance School Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme in September 2012.

Gabriela Montgomery-Solano

Gabriela graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2012. She has previously trained in Latin American styles, and afro Brazilian dance in Brazil. Gabriela has been part of international events including Dance and The Child International festival, representing The Place in both Brazil and Holland. In 2009 her choreography “Brisa da Tarde” was selected to be performed at the Royal Opera house as part of Youth Dance England’s Young Creative’s. In more recent years, Gabriela has also worked with Siobhan Davis in which she had the chance to witness the creation of “In Plain Clothes”. Gabriela has also  taken part in workshops with Deborah Colker in Rio de Janeiro, worked with other artists such as Richard Alston, Jonathan Goddard, Rosemary Lee, and more recently Janice Garrett from San Francisco, California, who was commissioned to create Gabriela’s graduation Piece. Gabriela joined Tavaziva Dance as part of the London Contemporary Dance School Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme in September 2012.

Creative Team

Artistic Direction and Choreography

Bawren Tavaziva


Bawren Tavaziva

Lighting Design & Production Manager

Antony Hateley

Costume Design

Ben Voorhaar and Sabrina Zyla of Karisma


Iyshea Hunte