Until we sleep Botis Seva / Far From the Norm

17 December 2024

Amare, Den Haag

€16.00 - €35.00

Camilla Greenwell

Botis Seva is an Olivier Award-winning dance artist, choreographer and director working at the intersection of contemporary dance, hip-hop, physical theatre and film. His performances are visual works of art and his unique dance language makes him a key player in hip-hop dance theatre. At the schrit_tmacher Festival last March, his latest work Until we sleep had its world premiere and can now be seen at FIND (Fonds Internationale Dans), the collaboration between Amare and Holland Dance Festival. In Until we sleep, Botis Seva questions what race and culture mean in today's world. 

Haunting meditation on leadership
Until we sleep follows a woman in search of faith as she leads a wandering community through the shifting passage of time. The undulating movements of the dancers of Far From The Norm flow effortlessly into an otherworldly soundtrack of percussion and guttural sounds in a performance punctuated on stage by piercing light. With a range of dance styles, from popping to breaking and from krump to contemporary dance, Seva shows the gravity of oppressive leadership. With the hope of a female leadership that opposes it.

Botis Seva: ‘Hip-hop is an art form I grew up with, but during my development in dance, I also encountered contemporary dance. This has also allowed me to find a new way of working - my approach is always focused on finding the deeper soul of the work and the themes we are exploring.I like to grow things and stay true to my true feelings.’

About dance company Far From The Norm
Led by dance artist, choreographer and director Botis Seva, Far From The Norm creates honest, relevant multidisciplinary performances that reflect the questions of our time. The dancers deconstruct urban vocabularies, play with perceptions of hip-hop and create work that connects people and groups. Their work is original, vital and fearless, mixing dance with other disciplines such as film and inviting debate on social political issues and the contemporary world.

Warning: this performance contains strobes, loud music, haze and mild violence.

This performance can be seen thanks to Fonds Internationale Dans (FIND). Amare, Holland Dance Festival and Nederlands Dans Theater join forces in this fund with the aim of bringing high-profile international dance productions to the Netherlands and presenting them in Amare to profile The Hague as the dance city of the Netherlands.

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Camilla Greenwell
Tom Visser
Camilla Greenwell
Tom Visser
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Het uithoudingsvermogen en de kracht van de dansers waren indrukwekkend. De uitzonderlijke choreografie, versmolten met een meeslepende verhaallijn en een vlekkeloze uitvoering zorgden voor een stuk vol rauwe, knetterende energie.

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Credits Until we sleep
Choreographer & Director: Botis Seva
Composer: Torben Sylvest
Costume Designer: Ryan Dawson-Laight
Lighting Designer : Tom Visser
Dancers: Jordan Douglas, Shangomola Edunjobi, Larissa Koopman, Joshua Nash, Rose Sall Sao, Joshua Shanny-Wynter, Victoria Shulungu
Rehearsal Support: Hayleigh Sellors
Apprentice artists 2023/24: Margaux Pourpoint and Penelope Klamert
Mix & Mastering: Pär Carlsson
Music Collaborators: Pär Carlsson, Chief Chebe, Charlotte Clark, Moustapha Gadiaga, Mohamed Gueye, Eric Mauricia, Paul Shofolahan, Teodor Sjöqvist, That Colombian songbird
Costume supervisor: Rosie Whiting
Costume Makers: Sophie Lincoln, Izzy Pellow, Klara Landin Larsson, Isobel Williams, Chantal Short
Prop Maker: Bek Palmer
Set Design: Matter Design
Photography: Camilla Greenwell, Tom Visser
Film: Ben Williams
Visual Design: Daniel C Ferro

Credits Far From The Norm Team
Artistic Director: Botis Seva
Executive Producer: Lee Griffiths
Marketing Manager: Siân Gilling
Production Manager: Andy Downie
Touring Production Manager: Chris Burr, Andrej Gubanov
Until We Sleep Tour Manager: Gabija Capelyte

With thanks to Shiloh Seva and Lou Cope.

Until We Sleep is co-produced by DanceEast, DE SINGEL, Points Communs - Nouvelle Scène nationale of Cergy-Pontoise / Val d'Oise, Rum för Dans, Sadler's Wells, schrit_tmacher Festival, Tanz Köln (Cologne), Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, The Joyce Theater and The Lowry. 

Commissioned by Brighton Dome & Festival and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by FABRIC and University of East London Dance: Urban Practice. 

Funded by Arts Council England, The Linbury Trust, Cockayne Grants for the Arts, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund and The London Community Foundation.


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