Jonas Øren

Hybris, 02. - 05. September 2021

02. - 05. September 2021

A pot pourri of rap, ballet, twerking and contemporary dance. Can a culture that is borrowed reveal something about the borrower?

  • Duration75 min inc break
  • Price155 - 320
  • StageStudio stage

Dates & times

  • 02. September - 19:00 (Sold out)
  • 03. September - 19:00 (Sold out)
  • 04. September - 19:00 (Sold out)
  • 05. September - 19:00 (Sold out)

Can we illustrate ‘whiteness’ if a white body embodies what is typically ‘black’? This is what Jonas Øren wants to explore, when he, as a white, Norwegian, homosexual man, puts his own privileges on display. Hybris: Choreographing Whiteness debates whether black femininity has the power to influence queer performative culture, and whether this is a deliberate strategy – too imbalanced a means of self-confirmation, resistance and solidarity. Has whiteness been uncritically shaped and choreographed out of a need for attitude and strength?

Øren has been exploring the body as a meaningful tool since PRESENTATIONS – Performing the self in the selfie society (2017-19) – the final project in his Master’s degree in dance from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Can strategic choreography of the subjective, personal body – even when it performs clichéd characters from popular culture – communicate anything new about – and perhaps even transform entrenched stereotypes?

The production has been partly developed through an artist-in-residence programme at Dansearena nord in Hammerfest. As part of the project, a rap EP has been produced by Oslo Records and PGMG, as well as a printed journal, with contributions from people including influential melanin-rich, female personalities.

On the stage, Øren explores the concert format by using rap texts and a language influenced by pop-rap, in interaction with dance.

Background material


  • Coreographer, performer and producer

    Jonas Øren

  • Advisors

    Cherish Menzo
    Thomas Talawa Prestø
    Lars Vaular

  • Dramaturg

    Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor

  • Contributors

    Amy Konstanse Black Ndiaye
    Camara Lundestad Joof
    Fatumata Kamara
    Madeleine Holth
    Rania Broud
    Regina Tucker

  • Music

    Oslo Records og YGMG

  • Light design

    Yasin Gyltepe

  • Producer

    Ingeborg Husbyn Aarsand

  • Photo

    Emma Sukalic

  • Foto forestilling

    Christian Tandberg/Dansens Hus

Co-producers: Dansens Hus Oslo, Rosendal Teater, RAS – Regional Arena for Samtidsdans.
Supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fritt Ord, Oslo Kommune, Dansearena Nord.