Fri 26 November


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BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s beautifully brutal commentary on how the youth of today are coping in a world not built for them. In an emotionally charged Hip Hop dance performance, BLKDOG reveals the vicious connection of how self-discovery leads to self-destruction. Through haunting childhood memories and adult life traumas, how do we fight through our vices to find a sense of peace.

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


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“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, after seeing this deeply compelling, powerful work”

Dance Australia

“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

“fierce, pounding, unisex movement derived from hip-hop modes”

The Sunday Times