Double Take for dance troupe

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Tavaziva Dance is set to thrill audiences with their new show, Double Take, at Banchory’s Woodend Barn on Saturday February 19 at 7.30pm.

It is an intensely courageous double bill surveying the impact of black dance on the contemporary dance landscape in Britain. Choreographed and composed by Bawren Tavaziva, this piece explores new territories by placing the rich and diverse dance forms of Africa in a western context. The company inspires and entertains audiences with its high-energy dance vocabulary, skilled technical dancers, original music, and a totally unique perspective on African dance.

Tavaziva Dance’s Double Take unravels an inspirational soundtrack featuring the sweet sounds of African Vocalist Tsungai Tsikirai best known for her vocals on the BBC’s Last Chior Standing and with Siyaya at the Glastonbury Festival.

Tavaziva says “the music drives the dance” and for this reason he picks dancers with strong classical grounding for his company. These currently include Anna Watkins, Kristina Alleyne and Petros Treklis, fantastically exuberant dancers who combine to deliver this celebration of culture, hardship, agony and joy.

Born in rural Zimbabwe in 1976, Bawran Tavaziva moved with his parents to Harare. It was there that Tavaziva began his love of dance, beginning on the city streets and then helped by a dance programme created by the National Ballet which targeted talented, under-privileged youngsters. He soon joined the City Youth Dance Group. Within two years he was selected as an apprentice to work with Tumbuka Dance Company, where he remained as a dancer and choreographer for five years.

A dance scholarship in France preceded Tavaziva’s move to the UK in 1998 and he has worked with Sakoba Dance Theatre, JazzXchange and Phoenix Dance. Since forming his own company, Tavaziva Dance in 2004 he has choreographed pieces for performance at the Pole Pole festival in Belgium, made the finals of the Place Prize, toured extensively and been awarded regular funding by the Arts Council England. This performance at Woodend Barn is supported by North East Arts Touring (NEAT), Creative Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council.

As this is one of only two dates in Scotland, the opportunity for young aspiring dancers to see such inspirational and skilled dancing should not be missed.

To book your tickets, call Woodend Barn on 01330 825431 or online via their website