Botis Seva – BLKDOG

Friday 26 November 2021

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 music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’ powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance.

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

“It’s rare to find young choreographers developing a distinctive movement language and Seva is
certainly one of the most original emerging talents in the UK – if not European – choreography”
Graham Watts

“A new dance language was being forged in front of my eyes […] It’s easy to see
why BLKDOG won an Olivier on its London debut, and after seeing this deeply compelling,
powerful work”
Dance Austrailia

“Always earth-bound, they look like a feral street gang, egged on by Torben Lars Sylvest’s
pounding score – so intense that as an audience you feel its vibrations in your own body.”
Culture Whisper

“Influenced by hip-hop, they jerk and pulse their way around the stage, with timing that is
robotically and breathtakingly precise […] dance does not get more exciting than this.”
The Reviews Hub

“Is this a detention centre or the mind’s interior?”
British Theatre Guide

“Seva is a choreographer on the cusp of a new direction in the shifting sands of British
contemporary dance and one likely to have a big following in its future.”

“BLKDOG by Botis Seva rattles his mind and swoons the audience in a tenebrous exploration of his
Strand Magazine

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

“Seva’s dance language has its roots in hip-hop, but flowers in unexpected ways”
Financial Times

“Seva’s onto something remarkable”
The Stage

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