The Olivier Awards are Britain’s most prestigious stage honours, recognising excellence in – and the world-class status of – professional theatre in London. At a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall on 7 April, dancer and choreographer Botis Seva was recognised for his work BLKDOG.
His highly praised piece BLKDOG premiered at Sadler’s Wells in October 2018 as part of Reckonings– a triple bill of new work we commissioned as part of celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of our current theatre building, which also featured pieces by Alesandra Seutin and our New Wave Associate Julie Cunningham.
A “bleak and withdrawn commentary on having to cope with being a child-like adult and an untamed artist simultaneously”, BLKDOG took home best new dance production at yesterday’s Olivier Awards – a monumental win for hip hop dance, the UK’s wider dance industry and beyond
Botis was quoted for his acceptance speech in The Guardian:
“Thank you to my son. I love you, my son, but please stop waking me up early.”
Watch the moment the Olivier announcement unfold here
Watch the interview with Botis straight after he won
Best New Dance Production here