A Day with Bawren Tavaziva
Tuesday 12 March
Professional Class 10:30-12:00 (£5.50)
Afternoon Workshop 13:00-15:30 (£20)
Join Bawren Tavaziva, artistic director of Tavaziva Dance for an insight into his approach to choreography: exploring his bold, dynamic and original movement vocabulary which synthesises Ballet, Contemporary and African dance. Prepare for a physically demanding but highly enjoyable experience that will challenge and expand your physical, creative and technical dance range.
Book one or join us for both!
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.