Botis Seva

Botis Seva is a dance artist, choreographer and director working within the realms of contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip hop. Botis Seva is entrenched in hip hop dance theatre but experiments with form, structure and theatrics to reinvent choreography. Borrowing techniques from film, text, art and other dance languages, Botis’ focus is on making a difference and using his autobiographical experiences to drive narratives.

Born and raised in London, Botis was introduced to dance aged 15, through hip hop dance theatre experimentalist Tony Adigun from Avant Garde Dance. After a brief performance career with Avant Garde Dance and leaving Barking Broadway college after a year, Botis realised he had his own creative urges and founded Far From The Norm aged 19.

Winning the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and having two sold-out nights at Sadler’s Wells in 2015 skyrocketed Botis’ career. He was also awarded first prize at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition and Choreography 30 in Hanover, with his short musical piece 60 Sec. After creating an eclectic range of short dance theatre pieces, Botis was selected as an Aerowaves17 artist, touring his work REK to Urban Moves in Oslo, Norway and Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival in Aarhus, Denmark.

In 2018, Seva choreographed for Wayne McGregor and Robin Friend’s Winged Bull in the Elephant Case, which premiered on BBC2. He also began working on the acclaimed BLKDOG as part of the Sadler’s Wells 20th anniversary commission, a piece which won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

Botis went on to work with Rupert Goold as movement director for The Hunt, a play by David Farr, which opened at the Almeida Theatre in 2019. More recently, he collaborated with Battersea Arts Centre and director Suri Krishnamma as part of Performance Live on The Way Out.

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