This weekend we took a break from our editing and got away from the studio for a couple of days to visit Scarborough’s ‘Coastival’ Festival. The main event we went for was Tavaziva Dance at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, but there was lots more to enjoy.
We really liked this glass installation, ‘Breath’ by fourth year Edinburgh College of Art student, Theo Shields, at Crescent Artspace in Queen Street. On fine threads hung from little hooks in the ceiling, weighty glass forms sway and turn, moved by the natural circulation of air in the space. Some look like deformed bones, others like cavities inside the human body. Each shape is formed by blowing glass into the burnt out hollows of tree trunks.
They remind me of a sensation I experienced as a child, when ill with fever – of something that is at once soft and hard, heavy and light, brittle and smooth. They materialise empty space.
As anticipated, Tavaziva Dance was brilliant. The show marks the company’s tenth anniversary with a performance of ten stunning short dance pieces ranging from direct and political, to completely sensual. The company’s director, Bawren Tavaziva is Zimbabwean, and African styles of dance, as well as the struggles of his homeland, are clear influences.
We were taken away by the energy and strength of the dancers. Each performance was immaculate. The show had guts and tenderness in equal measure. Two men performed an intimate piece, holding and twisting together in a shifting balance between sexual ecstasy and confrontation. What a treat to see contemporary dance in Scarborough!