Professional Workshops with Bawren Tavaziva
(first Tuesday of the month)
2 July, 3 September, 1 October & 5 November
£20 per class
Tavaziva workshops offer a real insight into the way Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva choreographs, exploring his bold, dynamic and original approach that synthesises Ballet, Contemporary and African dance. Prepare for a physically demanding but highly enjoyable experience that will challenge and expand participants physical, creative and technical dance range.
Suitable for advanced degree students, recent graduates and professionals
Bawren Tavaziva was born in a rural village near Masvingo in Zimbabwe. Football, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kung Fu movies viewed at the local community hall provided inspiration to Bawren and his friends. Bawren’s musical talents also developed at this time on a guitar made by his brother from a 5 litre tin can and fishing wire. At the age of 12, Bawren Tavaziva attended an outreach ballet project with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe at his local community centre. From day one, his determination and talent led him to a life-long passion for dance. He danced with Tumbuka for five years and toured Africa. He came to England to join Phoenix and Union dance and in 2004 he presented his own choreography and music as a finalist at The Place Prize with a deeply moving quintet entitled Umdhlalo Kasisi, which prompted him to start his own company. His unique style is a choreographic synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance that is highly original and inventive. Bawren’s work can be controversial, aiming to provoke and change audience’s perceptions as he challenges conventions and highlights important issues that are unspoken especially in Zimbabwe.