Batty Bwoy, 23. - 25. June 2023

Batty Bwoy,
23. - 25. June 2023

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.

Background material


  • Artistic responsibility and choreography

    Harald Beharie

  • Performer

    Harald Beharie

  • Artistic cooperators

    Karoline Bakken Lund
    Veronica Bruce

  • Sculpture

    Karoline Bakken Lund
    Veronica Bruce

  • Composer

    Ring van Möbius

  • Lighting designer

    Jassem Hindi

  • Outer eyes

    Hooman Sharifi
    Inés Belli

  • Photo

    Julie Hrnčířová

Supported by: Kulturrådet, Fond for lyd og bilde, Sandnes Kommune and TOU.
Co-producers: Dansens Hus og Regional arena for samtidsdans (RAS) – Sandnes Kulturhus.

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