Far From The Norm Director Goes Solo In Botis Seva: Air, A Short Dance Film By Divya Pathak

Botis Seva: Air (a dance documentary)

(London) – UK hip hop dancer and choreographer Botis Seva is the subject of new short documentary Botis Seva: Air. Released on Vimeo on September 3rd, Botis Seva: Air features hip hop-inspired improvised solo choreography from the award-winning dance artist.

Directed by London-based filmmaker Divya Pathak. Milos Moore (Downton Abbey, Patrick Melrose) served as Director of Photography on the project. The film is set in an evocative studio backdrop filmed on location at London’s Biscuit Factory.

“Dancing solo in this film was quite an interesting experience for me because I usually work with quite a lot of dancers,” said Seva, who was honored with the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in April for his ensemble piece BLKDOG.

Film Still from Botis Seva: Air, A Short Dance Film by Divya Pathak

In fact, Seva said it was necessary to find a meditative space to work solo for the purposes of filming the short documentary.

“Dance is usually a live art, performed once and done for the night. But in film you have to repeat and repeat, and you don’t have your other dancers to respond off of, so you have to rely on yourself, and find another way of being in the space.”

Seva said the experience of working solo for the film made him think about the possibilities for his own future work.

“It was really quite tough to be honest, but great at the same time because I’ve often thought about making a solo piece at some point,” he said. “It was a unique experience, improvising alone and really getting into my own zone with the movement.”

Film Still from Botis Seva: Air, A Short Dance Film by Divya Pathak

Seva is Artistic Director of Far From the Norm, where he works with a collective of dancers with a focus on experimental hip hop that challenges socio-political issues and conventions within dance theatre. He has choreographed and performed with the company since he founded it in 2009.

Seva also served as the 2018-19 Guest Artistic Director of the UK’s National Youth Dance Company – a role he seemed destined to find, having found dance himself through a hip hop-based youth dance company at age 15. Next up is a touring production with the 38-member company – quite a different endeavor from a solo dance.

About Botis Seva

Born in South London and raised in East London, Botis Seva was introduced to dance aged 15 through Hip Hop dance theatre experimentalist Tony Adigun from Avant Garde Dance, which he went on to dance for. After leaving college in 2009, Seva established Far From The Norm, a dance collective with an interest in experimenting with hip hop whilst challenging conventions within dance theatre. Far From The Norm’s portfolio has been presented internationally. The company’s piece BLKDOG received a 2019 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

Seva received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund in 2015 and first place at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition and Choreography 30 in Hannover with his short musical masterpiece 60 Sec. Seva also served as the 2018-19 Guest Artistic Director of the UK’s National Youth Dance Company.

About Director Divya Pathak

Divya Pathak is a London-based documentary filmmaker whose work has screened internationally. Her films span topics from mental health to night shift workers in India and reflect global themes and diverse cultures. Her film Midnight City, which follows two night shift workers as they wind their way through Mumbai after dark, screened in competition at the Oscar-qualifying 2019 Big Sky Documentary Festival. Her most recent film, Botis Seva: Air, features Olivier Award-winning dancer and choreographer Botis Seva.

Press Release Via: Divya Pathak, Director


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