BLKDOG Botis Seva

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre

Irish Premiere


An award-winning and emotionally charged hip hop dance performance.

© Camilla Greenwell
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Fri 17—Sat 18 May 2024

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2019, Botis Seva’s highly acclaimed BLKDOG is a beautifully brutal commentary on how the youth of today navigate a world not built for them.

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€15 – €42 (concession rates available)


Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey stage

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How long?

62 mins (no interval)

The performance features loud music, haze and abstract depictions of depression and physical and sexual violence. Age Guidance: 14+

If you've been affected by the themes in this performance, please do contact one of these support organisations:

Minding Creative Minds
Rape Crisis Centre


There will be a post-show talk after the performance on Sat 18 May.


Fri 17 May

Sat 18 May

From the show

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© Paul Phung
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© Laban
© Camilla Greenwell
© Camilla Greenwell
© Camilla Greenwell
© Camilla Greenwell


“A powerful evocation of alienation, oppression and memory.”

The Guardian

“Very black, very street, intensely theatrical and totally entrancing.“

Culture Whisper

“Botis' political, theatrical and experimental take on hip hop might just make him the next big thing”

Evening Standard

“It’s rare to find young choreographers developing a distinctive movement language and Seva is certainly one of the most original emerging talents in the UK – if not European – choreography”


In this emotionally charged performance fuelled by the potent physicality of hip hop, BLKDOG reveals the viscous connection of how self-discovery can lead to self-destruction. Through haunting childhood memories and adult trauma, it questions how we can fight through our vices to find a sense of peace.

With a pounding and brooding score that includes a mixture of original music and spoken words, the soundscape highlights the inner workings of the characters’ minds. The lighting brings a dark smog of disillusion to the stage as the performers, dressed in hooded caps and padded costumes that echo the protection and comfort of childhood, delve into the underbelly of life.

Intense and provocative, BLKDOG is for everyone; those who have faced trauma, dealt with grief, or witnessed loved ones grappling with depression and loss. It is a call to speak out and it champions the transformative power of acceptance.


  • Director & Choreographer Botis Seva
  • Music Composer Torben Sylvest
  • Lighting Designer Tom Visser
  • Costume Designer Ryan Dawson-Laight
  • Far From The Norm Dance Artists Jordan Douglas, Shangomola Edunjobi, Penelope Klamert, Margaux Pourpoint, Rose Sall Sao, Joshua Shanny-Wynter, Victoria Shulungu, Naïma Souhaïr
  • Rehearsal Director Victoria Shulungu
  • Executive Producer Lee Griffiths
  • Senior Production Manager Andy Downie
  • Production Manager & Relighter Andrej Gubanov, Chris Burr
  • Tour & Marketing Manager Siân Gilling
  • Costume Makers Jordan Goertz, Julie Sayers, Kelsey Vickery, Kingsley Hall, Lou Petty, Rosie Whiting
  • Mix Engineer Pär Carlsson
  • Research & Development Rehearsal Director Ekin Bernay
  • Contribution Artists Charlotte Clark, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart, Joshua Nash, Isaac Ouro-Gnao, Ezra Owen, Savanah Anais Rowe, Hayleigh Sellors, Shiloh Seva, Clarissa Shulungu

Co-produced by Far From The Norm, Norrlandsoperan and Sadler’s Wells

Supported by Arts Council England, Kingston University, Laban Theatre, Siobhan Davies Dance and UEL Dance: Urban Practice Department

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