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Whirling dervishes — Ziya Azazi in ‘Icons’

In Icons, he and his dancers are joined by French musician and composer Serge Adam, whose trumpet improvisations and electronic sampling build a sonic structure on which this extraordinary dance work is built.


Through rich choreography, progressive music and transcendent lighting, the bodies of the dancers powerfully engage with the concepts of ritual, tradition, passion and religion.

Icons demonstrates an experimental, repetitive and progressive approach, with whirling as the foundation of the choreography.

Azazi was born in Antakya, southern Turkey, and educated in istanbul, later moving to Vienna to pursue further studies.


While studying engineering at istanbul Technical University, he took up gymnastics, loved it, and so the foundation was laid for his prestigious career in contemporary dance.  
Ballet, contemporary dance and gymnastics began to dominate his life, and soon,  dance was his life’s greatest passion.

From 1990 to 1994, he worked with istanbul City Theatre as a dancer and choreographer. After moving to Vienna in 1994 he worked with various dance companies until 1999.

He then embarked upon his research into Sufi whirling, taught himself the technique step by step and began to incorporate elements of the Sufi ritual into his choreographies.

Icons promises dance lovers a dramatic and novel first-hand experience of the power, drama, grace and skill of whirling.


Jazz Tap Ensemble

PRESENTED by the United States Embassy Harare, Jazz Tap Ensemble combines two great American traditions, bringing together extraordinary dancers and musicians in a spirited repertory of virtuosity, wit, musicality, creativity and spontaneity. 

Under the artistic direction of Lynn Dally, Jazz Tap Ensemble has worked with such tap masters as Savion Glover and Gregory Hines.

Founded in 1979 and based in Los Angeles, JTE has appeared in major concert halls nationally and internationally over the past 30 years, including the Kennedy Centre, the Smithsonian, London’s Riverside Theatre, Paris’ Theatre de la Ville, Salzburg International Jazz Festival, Lyon’s Maison de la Danse, as well as at Jacob’s Pillow, Spoleto USA, and in numerous seasons at New York’s Joyce Theatre.


Hip hop talent showcased in ‘Live Vibe’

PRESENTED by the British Council and the British Embassy, Live Vibe features six of Zimbabwe’s hottest dance troupes, and in addition, a “Super Crew” led by Tony Adigun, the artistic director of Avant Garde Dance. 

Adigun started his career in the commercial dance industry where he choreographed and toured the world with many leading recording artists including Whitney Houston, Usher, Ashanti and many others. He teamed up with the Artistic Director of Impact Dance, Hakeem Onibbudo to work with Zimbabwean dancers and create this energetic show, which will feature the very best Zimbabwean hip hop talent and be popular with all ages.

The participating dance troupes who will show us their moves are Break Equation,  D-Chronic, Eschusia,  G-Steppers, Unit Edge, Royal Crew, Magesh and Zim Ethnic, and the DJ is popular Power FM Radio personality, Tonderai Katsande.

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