RAMBERT2 X BENOIT SWAN POUFFER
Rambert’s Artistic Director creates a new piece especially for the fresh new talent of Rambert2. These early career dancers were handpicked from more than 650, for their outstanding ability and individuality. Their debut theatre tour received standing ovations.
Having challenged five different choreographers to expand the frontiers of real-time livestream performance for Rambert since last autumn, Benoit now takes his turn to create for this exciting new cinematic medium. Always ambitious, always daring, we can’t wait to see what new and stimulating audience experiences he creates.
A dancer of extraordinary power and grace, Dickson Mbi summons multiple identities in this mesmerising solo performance inspired by a life-changing journey to his ancestral home in Cameroon.
The symbolic presence of a two-headed snake, the tiger whose roar vibrated as part of a funeral ritual, the knowing touch of a blind elder … it was these unnerving encounters that profoundly affected the London choreographer during a recent trip to his family’s village. They have all brought him closer to the animistic practices of his African heritage and to the mystical place where they meet with his modern East End upbringing.
Enowate, meaning ‘truth stands’, draws on sinuous elements of hip hop and contemporary dance in combination with original music and otherworldly animated projections. In asking the relatable question, ‘who am I?’, he connects with enigmatic forces to reveal himself and emerge from the shadows.
Vital and gripping, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a
childlike artist. A genre-defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, BLKDOG explores
the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth.
With music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’
powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the
ultimate hunt for acceptance.
“Botis' political, theatrical and experimental take on hip hop might just make him the next big
thing” Lyndsey Winship
“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”
“A new dance language was being forged in front of my eyes […] It’s easy to see
why BLKDOG won an Olivier on its London debut, and after seeing this deeply compelling,
“Always earth-bound, they look like a feral street gang, egged on by Torben Lars Sylvest’s
pounding score – so intense that as an audience you feel its vibrations in your own body.”
“Influenced by hip-hop, they jerk and pulse their way around the stage, with timing that is
robotically and breathtakingly precise […] dance does not get more exciting than this.”
The Reviews Hub
“Is this a detention centre or the mind’s interior?”
British Theatre Guide
“Seva is a choreographer on the cusp of a new direction in the shifting sands of British
contemporary dance and one likely to have a big following in its future.”
“BLKDOG by Botis Seva rattles his mind and swoons the audience in a tenebrous exploration of his
“Steeped in Hip Hop, Seva savoured bold, hunkered-down unison motion, where his dancers put
across with electric timing”
“Seva’s dance language has its roots in hip-hop, but flowers in unexpected ways”
“Seva’s onto something remarkable”
The Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour opens in Salford on 28th April 2022
Strictly Come Dancing professionals ANTON DU BEKE and GIOVANNI PERNICE join forces in 2021 for their first ever tour together - HIM & ME!
The Ballroom King and the two-time Guinness World Record holder will be joined by a world class
cast of dancers and singers.
This show promises to be THE best night out in the Summer of 2021 for all ages…
A true dance extravaganza!
Produced by Strictly Theatre Co. and directed by Alan Burkitt.