Born and raised in London, Botis Seva was introduced to dance aged 15, through Hip Hop dance theatre experimentalist Tony Adigun from Avant Garde Dance, which he went onto dance for.
After leaving college in 2009, Botis established Far From The Norm, with an interest in experimenting with hip hop whilst challenging conventions within dance theatre. Far From The Norm’s work portfolio crosses theatre performances, outdoor spectacles and immersive experiences that are renowned for challenging yet inspiring their audiences. They have presented work internationally.
After being awarded the the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund in 2015, and having two sold out nights at Sadler’s Wells, Botis’ career was catapulted forward. He was awarded 1stplace at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition and Choreography 30 in Hannover with his short musical masterpiece60 Sec. Botis was then commissioned by Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban in 2016 where his musical relationship with Torben Lars Sylvest flourished.
In 2017 Fleur Darkin (then Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre) approached Botis to make TuTuMucky, assisted by Torben and Victoria Shulungu. He also created his second touring outdoor work Da Native exploring cultural nomads, commissioned by Latitude Festival, GDIF, Lyric Hammersmith and Watford Palace Theatre. Botis was an Aerowaves17 artist, taking his short workREKto Urban Moves at Dansenhus, Oslo and Aerowaves, Spring Forward in Denmark. With exposure to the international scene, Botis began a relationship with Crying Out Loud, contemporary circus company based in London. Botis then createdGEN 20:20with Far Form The Norm and 4 Korean dancers which premiered at SiDance International Festival.
In 2018, Botis began working onBLKDOGas part of the Sadler’s Wells 20thanniversary commission Reckonings. He was then invited to choreograph for Studio Wayne McGregor and Robin Friend’s Performance Live work ‘Winged Bull in the Elephant Case’ which premiered on BBC2. Botis was awarded an Olivier for Best New Dance Production forBLKDOGin April 2019.
2019 sees Botis as guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company. He is also one of the guest choreographers for NSCD’s Verve and will create a short work for their 2020 tour later this year.