Batty Bwoy is a solo performance in collaboration with Karoline Bakken Lund, Veronica Bruce, Jassem Hindi and Ring van Mobius.
- Duration80 min
- Price165 - 290
- StageStudio stage
Dates & times
Through a reappropriation of the Jamaican term “ Batty Bwoy” (litteraly, butt boy), slang for a queer person, the work twists and turns myths to invoke demonic sensitivities and charming cruelties, unfolding vulnerable possibilities in an interplay of consciousness and naivety. The horror and joy of Batty Bwoy, inherent to queer blackness, is unmasked.
Scrutinizing the absurdity of a queer monstrosity, Batty Bwoy articulates the porosity of bodies and languages, their mouths swallowing and regurgitating the corporal fictions projected onto their skins.
Batty Bwoy attacks and embraces sedimented narratives around the fear of the queer body as a perverse and deviant figure. The expression "Batty Bwoy" is used to evoke an ambivalent creature that exists in the threshold of the precarious body, liberated power, joy and batty energy!
The work has found inspiration in mythologies, disgusting stereotypes, feelings and fantasies of the queer body and identities, homophobic dancehall lyrics, 70s Giallo films from Italy, resilient “gully queens” and queer voices in Norway and Jamaica that have visited and taken part of the process.
The project is a co-production with Dansens Hus, Oslo and RAS, Sandnes and premiered January 20th, 2022.
Batty Bwoy Batty Bwoy!
Koreograf, kunstnerisk leder for Tabanka Dance Ensemble og mangfoldsrådgiver ved Dansens Hus, Thomas Talawa Prestø, skriver personlig om dancehall-kultur og homofobi sett i perspektiv av Harald Beharies danseforestilling Batty Bwoy.
Dansens Hus Podcast Episode 1
Episode 1: Harald Beharie
- Artistic responsibility and choreography
- Artistic cooperators
Karoline Bakken Lund
Karoline Bakken Lund
Ring van Möbius
- Lighting designer
- Outer eyes
Supported by: Kulturrådet, Fond for lyd og bilde, Sandnes Kommune and TOU.
Co-producers: Dansens Hus og Regional arena for samtidsdans (RAS) – Sandnes Kulturhus.