BLKDOG at Sadler’s Wells Reckonings

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Photo credit – Johan Perrson

Botis Seva presented BLKDOG as part of Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary, a specially commissioned triple bill of work (other work from Julie Cunningham & Alesandra Seutin) looking to the future and the next 20 years of dance in the prestigious theatre.

Inspired by Shoot The Damn Dog by Sally Brampton, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s bleak and withdrawn commentary on having to cope with being a childlike adult and an untamed artist. How far does one have to go before they are overpowered by life and expectations? Because after all, isn’t an untamed adult just a childlike artist?

Photo credit - Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photo credit – Foteini Christofilopoulou

The reviews are in:

“The most impactful piece comes from hip hop choreographer Botis Seva. In BLKDOG, a murky stage simmers with paranoia. Movement comes in blasts, rupturing uneasy stillness. The dancers wield a powerful, aggressively masculine energy – which is all the more striking because two of them are women.”
Lyndsey Winship for The Guardian.
Full review here

“Botis Seva’s physical language is vital and arresting, stretching hip-hop into nebulous psychological terrain.”
Anna Winter for The Stage
Full review here

“Steeped in hip hop, Seva savoured bold, hunkered-down unison motion, which his dancers put across with electric timing.”
Donald Hutera for The Times
Full review here

Photo credit - Tristram Kenton
Photo credit – Tristram Kenton

Creative team

Torben Lars Sylvest – Sound designer 
Ryan Dawson-Laight – Costume designer
Ekin Bernay – Rehearsal Director 
Jordan Douglas, Ezra Owen, Joshua Nash, Naïma Souhaïr, Shangomola Edunjobi, Victoria Shulungu – Far From The Norm artists/performers