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Botis Seva



Vital and gripping, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a childlike artist. A genre-defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, BLKDOG explores the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth.

With a pounding, brooding score the music adds layers of meaning highlighting the inner working of the characters minds. The music has grown from a long-standing collaboration between Torben Lars Sylvest and includes a mixture of original music and words performed by Botis’ powerhouse company Far From The Norm and guests. Tom Visser’s lighting brings a dark smog of disillusion as the choreography delves into the underbelly of life, while the hooded caps and padded costumes by Ryan Laight echo the protection and comfort of childhood. BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance.

Botis Seva is an Olivier award winning dance artist, choreographer and director working within the realms of hip hop, physical theatre, and contemporary dance. Botis’ distinct language has placed him at the forefront of Hip Hop dance theatre in the UK and internationally. Whilst his foundation is in choreography, Botis’ practice experiments with form, structure, and theatrics to continuously reinvent his approach to creativity, whether that is in live or digital performance. Borrowing techniques from film, text, art and other dance languages, Botis’ focus is on making a societal difference and using his autobiographical experiences to drive narratives.

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A man is standing on his left leg, with his right leg bent over his right shoulder, which he is holding with his right hand. His left hand is reaching over his head and pulling on his right cheek. He wears grey trousers and a grey hood. His face is contorted with his lips open and his left eye wide.
Botis Seva, BLKDOG. Photo by Camilla Greewell

BLKDOG 2020 Trailer