Botis Seva is the founder of Far From The Norm, a company known for immersive work which experiments with Hip-hop while challenging dance theatre conventions. Far From The Norm’s work portfolio crosses theatre performances, outdoor spectacles and immersive live performances, and has been presented internationally.
Born in South London and raised in East London, Seva was introduced to dance at age 15 through Hip-hop/dance theatre experimentalist Tony Adigun from Avant Garde Dance, a company which he went on to dance for. Seva founded his own company shortly after leaving college in 2009.
Winning the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and having two sold-out nights at Sadler’s Wells skyrocketed Botis’s career. He was also awarded first prize at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition and Choreography 30 in Hannover with his short musical piece 60 Sec.
After making commissions for institutions as varied as Scottish Dance Theatre, Channel 4 and Latitude Festival, he was selected as an Aerowaves17 artist, touring his short work REK to Urban Moves in Oslo and Aerowaves Festival in Denmark.
In 2018, Seva choreographed for Wayne McGregor and Robin Friend’s Winged Bull in the Elephant Case, which premiered on BBC 2. He also began working on BLKDOG as part of the Sadler’s Wells 20th anniversary commission Reckonings, a piece which won the 2019 Olivier award for Best New Dance Production.
2019 sees Seva as guest artistic director of National Youth Dance Company, as well as taking his first step into Movement Direction, working with director Rupert Goold on The Hunt, a play by David Farr.