Mama is the latest work from Olivier award winning choreographer Botis Seva.

Through generational stories of colonised bodies and questions of what race and culture mean in today’s world, Botis Seva’s Mama mixes the beauty of chaos with the quietness of the human soul.

Performed by Botis’ company Far From The Norm, the dancers blend Street dance forms with undulating movement sulking through Tom Visser’s shards of light, illuminating a collage of stories. Torben Sylvest’s eclectic score shifts between soundscapes and voice, drawing you into a landscape, slipping between past and present, whilst Ryan Dawson-Laight’s feathered, armour-like costumes echo the nonsensical route to freedom.

Mama plunges audiences into an unforgiving world fraying at the seams – a world where dark colonial secrets start to see the light, where once loved communities crumble.

We build , we destroy, we hate, we love, we try and we continue, but some of us don’t forget.


“Botis Seva's distinct language has placed him at the forefront of Hip Hop Dance Theatre in the UK and internationally”

Far From The Norm is an international touring company that strives to make honest, relevant and needed performance work that reflects our generation.

We deconstruct street dance vocabulary, challenge perceptions of Hip Hop and create work that empowers ordinary people. Our work is original and fearless and invites debate on social political issues and the contemporary world.

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Director & Choreographer: Botis Seva

Executive Producer: Lee Griffiths 

Marketing & Tour Manager: Siân Gilling

Lighting: Tom Visser

Composer: Torben Lars Sylvest

Mix Engineer: Pär Carlsson

Costume: Ryan Dawson-Laight

Performers: Far From The Norm Dance Artists 



Mama is co-produced by Far From The Norm, Cergy-Pontoise Points Communs, Sadler’s Wells, Tanzköln, Théâtre de la Ville, The Joyce Theater and The Lowry. Commissioned by Brighton Dome & Festival, DanceEast and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Fabric, University of East London and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.