Until 26 Mar 2010
The world premiere of Wild Dog - Tavaziva Dance’s 2010 Spring Tour

The world premiere of Wild Dog The world premiere of Wild Dog

Wild Dog, a fierce new muscular work by Tavaziva Dance about the beauty and elegance of one of Africa’s most endangered species is the follow up to the company’s highly successful Heart of Darkness. It features seven high-octane dancers, and delves 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. “My inspiration for this new work,” says Bawren, “came when I looked at aspects of my culture being eroded and becoming extinct. That led me to examine the fate of the wild dogs of Africa - the Imbwamupengo - whose very existence is threatened.”

There were once 500,000 African Wild Dogs - also know as the Painted Wolf and Cape Hunting Dog - and packs of 100 or more were not uncommon. Now there are fewer than 5,000. Because of land clearance, urbanisation, and other factors, Africa's once-great herds of grazing animals are now restricted to scattered populations in parks and reserves. As their prey goes, so do the dogs, many being (often illegally) snared, shot, and poisoned by farmers. However, The Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) effort, based in Hwange National Park, western Zimbabwe, is working with local communities to create new strategies for conserving the wild dog and its habitat.

Reviews of previous Tavaziva Dance productions

“Tavaziva’s choreography combines physical lushness with a determined ferocity” The Guardian

“A great company....their seamless blend of contemporary and traditional African Movement, strikingly costumed and lit” The Independent

“Mesmerising bringing grace and passion to the stage” Afridiziak Theatre News

Tavaziva Dance 2010 Spring Tour Dates: Wild Dog

28 & 29 January
Paul Robeson Theatre
Box Office: 0845 456 2840 www.hounslow.info/arts/PRT

2 February SPALDING South Holland Arts Centre
Box office: 01775 764 777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

6 February BRIDPORT Bridport Arts Centre
Box office: 01308 424 204 www.bridport-arts.com

11 February BUXTON Buxton Opera House
Box Office: 0845 127 2190 www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

18 February SCOTLAND Brunton Theatre
Box Office: 0131 665 2240 www.bruntontheatre.co.uk

20 February OXFORD Oxford Dance Festival at Headington
Box Office: 01865 722 851 www.pegasustheatre.org.uk

23 February LONDON The Place
Box Office: 020 7121 1100 www.theplace.org.uk/theatre

24 February LINCOLNSHIRE Stamford Arts Centre
Box Office: 01780 763 203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

25 February HERTFORDSHIRE Rhodes Arts Complex
Box Office: 01279 651 746 www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

28 February & 1 March HARINGEY Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Box Office: 0208 365 5450 www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk

2 March NEW MILTON New Forest Arts Centre
Box Office: 01425 612 393 www.forest-arts.co.uk

4 March DEVON Plough Arts Centre
Box Office: 01805 624 624 www.plough-arts.org

10 March CORNWALL Helford Theatre
Box Office: 01872 267 525 www.trurocollege.ac.uk/etc/listings_frame.htm

12 March PLYMOUTH Barbican Theatre
Box Office: 01752 267 131 www.barbicantheatre.co.uk

16 March LEICESTER The Peepul Centre
Box Office: 0116 261 6000 www.peepulcentre.com

18 March SOMERSET Tacch-Morris Arts Centre
Box Office: 01823 41 41 41 www.tacchi-morris.com

22 March NOTTING HILL Carnival Village The Tabernacle
Box Office: 0844 412 4641 www.carnivalvillage.org.uk

26 March DARLINGTON Darlington Arts Centre
Box Office: 01325 486 555 www.darlington.co.uk

Related links

Afridiziak Theatre News review of Wild Dog

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