A fusion of ballet, contemporary and African dance is what makes Bawren Tavaziva’s interpretation of the Carmen story so beautiful, sensual and strikingly powerful. Tavaziva Dance brings Africarmen to Ipswich on Friday 31 March.
Performed by six stunning dancers, Africarmen ignites this classic tale of desire, deceit and corruption in an African township where military corruption is rife. Carmen dangerously and defiantly ignores all warnings in the perusal of a better life but tragedy follows her like a shadow in hot sun.
“breath-taking to watch” THE STAGE
Tavazvia was established in 2004 and is led by Zimbabwean-born Bawren Tavaziva. Bawren Tavaziva’s unique style is a choreographic synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance and the dancers articulate Bawren’s unique movement language with athletic physicality, technical precisions and breath-taking grave.
“Tavaziva’s facility for devising hot, liquid motion is indisputable…” THE TIMES
“What a brilliant, amazing production! It was just excellent, and the dancers were fabulous!… fast, furious, sexy and emotional, totally absorbing” AUDIENCE MEMBER
The performance will be accompanied by a specially commissioned original soundtrack, composed and arranged by composer and trombonist Fayyaz Virji, founding member of The Jazz Warriors and member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
A group of local, talented young dancers will also open the show at DanceEast. Using Tavaziva’s repertoire as a starting point, the students have worked with Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva and former Company dancer Katie Cambridge in a series of workshops to create their piece, which combines contemporary, ballet and African dance techniques, the signature style of Tavaziva.
Book your tickets now for a performance high in energy and fast-paced. Africarmen will take you on a powerful journey through Carmen’s tragic search for a better life.
Performance details and Box Office information
DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW
Box Office: 01473 295230 | DANCEEAST.CO.UK
Dates: Friday 31 March | 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: From £12, £9 concessions
Age suitability: 12yrs+ (please note this performance contains a reference to sexual violence)