Far From The Norm: BLKDOG

Far From The Norm: BLKDOG

Thursday, February 3, 2022 • 8PM
Photo by Camilla Greenwell

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In a world of eight billion people, where every individual has their own sacrosanct priorities, how do you maintain your sense of self, your personal sovereignty? How do you stay sane in an era of increasing entropy? And, as you age, how do you stay motivated and relevant? These are the questions British dance iconoclast Botis Seva and a cast of seven from his company, Far From The Norm, address in the Olivier-award-winning and cutting-edge BLKDOG. Commissioned by London’s legendary Sadler’s Wells Theatre, BLKDOG pairs the hyper-energetic ideas of hip-hop with the fluidity of contemporary dance. It is as electrifying to witness as it is compelling to ponder. BLKDOG is a staggeringly physical reflection of our modern mental turmoil. 

Intent on shattering conceptions of dance from the start, Seva emerged with Far From The Norm a decade ago. In fact, after a spell making hip-hop music in London, his shift to dance even perplexed his friends. But in works that have explored the reemergence of nationalism or the soccer field as a reflection of social disorder, Seva has doggedly explored the individual psyche and the sociopolitical soul, trying to understand what we do to persevere. In BLKDOG, he takes on god and psychosis, isolation and friendship, aiming to detangle the webs they make within our busy minds.

The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series is committed to providing extensive campus and community engagement opportunities that extend academic learning and cultural opportunities. During the 2020-21 season, Far From The Norm with producing director Lee Griffths generously created an arc of virtual activities for School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) students, including an ACTnow conversation, visits to dance classes and an artist talk about their new work. During the company’s visit this season, members of Far From The Norm will teach TDPS dance classes and participate in a post-performance Q&A.

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