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Botis Seva’s BLKDOG

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A solo male dancer spirals in mid air
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.
Three male dancers in a hallway moving towards the camera
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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 with 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.

South London-born, Seva formed his company Far From The Norm aged 19. Influenced by hip-hop theatre his talent grew largely unmentored and was nurtured on the streets of London. Seva’s work is rooted in his experience of social deprivation and racism shaping his unique physical style with echoes of hip-hop, street dance and black culture.

BLKDOG features loud music, haze and abstract depictions of violence and depression.

BLKDOG won the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2019 and is back with a London Premiere. First shown at Sadler’s Wells as part of Reckonings in 2018 the work has been developed into this new, full-length version.

 

Image description: In a white-painted, institutional corridor with barred windows, a dancer spirals in mid air, both feet off the ground, one leg and one arm extended straight behind him. He wears loose trousers and his chest is bare. A quilted hood is drawn up tightly around his face and his expression is strained.

Touring calendar
27 – 28 Jan 22 Points Communs Cergy Pontoise, France Tickets Here
4 Feb 22 The Clarice Matyland, United States Tickets Available Soon
8 – 13 Feb 22 The Joyce Theater New York, United States Tickets Here
18 Feb 22 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, United States Tickets Here

Botis’ political, theatrical and experimental take on hip hop might just make him the next big thing

Lindsey Winship

Steeped in Hip Hop, Seva savoured bold, hunkered-down unison motion, where his dancers put across with electric timing

The Times

Seva’s onto something remarkable

The Stage

Get in touch

If you’re interested in booking this production for a venue or festival, we’d love to hear from you.

Bia Oliveira
Head of Producing & Touring
bia.oliveira@sadlerswells.com

Aristea Charalampidou
Tour Producer
aristea.charalampidou@sadlerswells.com