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Botis Seva’s BLKDOG is BACK!

30 September 2022 to 1 October 2022 Sadler's Wells Theatre

Image: @www.sadlerswells.com
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 and features loud music, haze and abstract depictions of violence and depression.

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 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.

Further Information:Botis Seva's BLKDOG - Sadler's Wells Theatre (sadlerswells.com)

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