When last we featured Tavaziva Dance on Article19 it was with the far more politically charged ‘My Friend Robert’, a work that concerned itself with none other than Robert Mugabe.
Taking a solid left turn at the traffic lights this time out the company is looking toward wildlife and preservation with a work that highlights the plight of the titular African wild dog which the programme helpfully informs us is actually called “Lycaon Pictus”.
Our features bring you a section of the work itself with a good helping of Bawren Tavaziva’s relentless dance making style performed by a suitably hard core group of dancers. We also have an interview with Mr Tavaziva himself where he discusses his work, music and the future of the company.
The company has this much to say about the piece:
Wild Dog captures the beauty and elegance of one of Africa’s most endangered species, whilst delving deep into the unknown and articulation of the beast. Tavaziva implores audiences to join the dramatic dancers as their bodies pulsate and vibrate against the mind-blowing soundtrack cut and arranged by award-winning Zimbabwean-born choreographer and composer Bawren Tavaziva.
‘Wild Dog’ is currently touring throughout the UK with more to follow. Check the company’s website for further details and show them some support if you can.
The work is performed by Kristina Alleyne, Katie Cambridge, Lisa Rowley, Petros Treklis, Anna Watkins, Hannah Spencer and Serena Morgan with music and choreography by Bawren Tavaziva.
Filmed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln on Tuesday October 5th, 2010.