Tavaziva Dance Company
Tavaziva Dance was set up in 2004 by Zimbabwean-born Founder and Artistic Director, Bawren Tavaziva. The company tours across the UK and explores new territories in combining the rich and diverse dance forms of Africa with a contemporary Western base.
Since its inception, the company has established itself as a significant presence in the UK dance landscape, bringing Bawren Tavaziva’s unique artistic vision and inspiration to a growing and national audience through high quality and innovative artistic product, touring performances, commissions, residencies and education workshops. The company was awarded Regular Funded Organisation status in 2005, and since then, has continued to make – a significant contribution to the development of both the black dance sector and the wider dance sector. In March 2011 the company were invited onto the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Funding Programme as one of only 57 dance organisations with guaranteed funding to 2015.
Since 2004, the company has flourished most notably: The Place Prize 2004; Chorographic commissions from Influx Dance, Taunton; Swan Youth Dance, High Wycombe; Motherland, SAMPAD, Ballet Black. In 2010 Tavaziva Dance was invited to be the new ‘dance company in residence’ at Bernie Grants Arts Centre based in Tottenham, North London.
The company regularly receives high praise from industry professionals and the national press for their work and most recently Bawren Tavaziva was referred to in the national press as.