Afrika Eye North: Dance Got Me

Afrika Eye North: Dance Got Me


'Dance Got Me' Film Screening
Dir. Ingrid Sinclair | 2006 | Zimbabwe / UK | 52mins | English | U

Twelve years ago Bawren Tavaziva was an unemployed African teenager dancing on the streets of Zimbabwe’s townships to earn enough money to eat. Today, his UK-based contemporary dance company performs at London’s premier dance venues.

His bold, energetic and highly emotional work is inspired by both life and identity, including the heart-wrenching death of a beloved sister from Aids. Backed by his own music, fusing African, raga and hip-hop, this deeply touching documentary covers Bawren’s roller-coaster transition from one culture to another and his embrace of both.

The film looks at the riches that Bawren’s street culture has brought to contemporary dance and probes not only what it means to be African, but also what it is that Westerners find in Tavaziva’s work that they may have lost.

Post screening Q&A with Ingrid Sinclair (director), George Adams (LPM Dance Theatre) and Anthony Briggs (Ludus Dance)