Far From The Norm
“A visionary programme of abstract hip hop movement and physical theatre”
Established in May 2009, Far From The Norm was founded by artistic director Botis Seva and is a collective of dance artists renowned for experimenting with hip hop form whilst tackling socio-political concerns. Far From The Norm’s work portfolio crosses theatre performances, outdoor spectacles and immersive experiences that are renowned for challenging yet inspiring their audiences. They are committed to producing evocative, authentic work by taking audiences on visceral journeys whilst presenting conceptual yet compelling truths.
“Powerfully poignant piece of dance theatre by Far From The Norm: a visceral performance”
Far From The Norm have performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention, VAULT Festival, Plymouth Fringe, Talawa Firsts, Austria’s Hip Hop Goes Theatre, Festival Hop! and San Francisco’s International Hip Hop Dance Fest. They have presented work in theatres and venues across the country including Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, Bay Theatre in Weymouth, The Riverfront in Newport, Stratford Circus in London and Nottingham Arts Theatre. Far From The Norm have also presented their own evenings at Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis, The Vaults, Barking Broadway and Redbridge Drama Centre.
“Botis’ political, theatrical and experimental take on hip hop might just make him the next big thing”
In 2015, Botis was nominated by Breakin’ Convention and awarded the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, Marion North Mentoring Award. Through the Sadler’s Wells Wild Card programme, Botis was asked to curate InNoForm in the Lilian Baylis for September 2015. Two sold out nights were curated in association with Breakin’ Convention, which saw him present exerts of current and ongoing work with Far From The Norm, alongside special guest Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and an international collaboration between British Council Tunisia & Art Solution with Chouaib Brik (Tunis) & Lee Griffiths (UK).
“Mark the name because he is going to be big in dance – Botis Seva”
2016 saw Botis go on to present InNoForm at the British Dance Edition in Wales. He also undertook a 2-week residency in Tunisia with the British Council & Chouaib Brik’s Art Solution to start to build their hip hop theatre scene. Botis presented work at the two largest international choreographic competitions: Choreography 30 in Hannover, Germany and Copenhagen’s International Choreographic Competition. He was awarded 1st place at both competitions and audience choice award, as a result he undertook a one-month scholarship to work with Gary Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre in December 16.
Far From the Norm artists’ all bring distinctive features to the company, collaboratively working alongside Botis since 2013. All six artists bring professional experience and knowledge in styles such as b-boying, krump, popping, house, locking, lindy hop and contemporary.
“Are they a hip hop group, a street dance crew, or what? Are they just people or highly trained dancers?
We don’t know and we don’t care…” Roy Campbell-Moore
Far From The Norm artists’ credits include Simeon Osyea – Birdgang Dance Company, Hetain Patel, BBC Young Dancer, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, Olympics Opening Cermony, Artists 4 Artists, Glen Miller Orchestra, Jam N Juice – Bad Taste Cru, Karavel Festival Lyon France, Buckness Personified, Joseph Toonga & Just Us Dance Theatre, Festival Agitart Spain, Festival Hop Spain and 2Faced Dance Company’s The BENCH programme.