Harald Beharie (NO)

Batty Bwoy
| Friday 11 February
At 10:00 – 11:30
Tanssin talo - Dance House Helsinki / Lobby

Batty Bwoy is a solo piece by Harald Beharie.

Batty Bwoy is Jamaican slang for a gay or effeminate man and means 'butt boy'.

Batty Bwoy is a deceiver of masculinity, a predator, a murderous and flaming queen, an ambiguous figure erasing binary order.

Batty Bwoy invokes ruthless batty energy and sensitive desire, while crawling, swallowing and inhaling

Batty Bwoy dives into absurd narratives and corporal fictions of homophobia while expanding on the demonic and mythical in these displaced bodies

Batty Bwoy manifests as a mischievous creature, embodying cemented ideas around queer blackness – uncovering the essence and horror of Batty Bwoy

Artist / Company Bio

Harald Beharie (b.1992) is a Norwegian-Jamaican performer and choreographer. Harald is intrigued by the unpolished, the DIY and the vulnerability of the unknowing. Some of the leading questions in his work at the moment are opening up to a conscious naivety and playful ambiguity while indulging into the pathetic and collapsing body. While always questioning notions of normativity. His choreographic practice unfolds in various constellations with other artists, and together with Louis Schou he received a nomination for the Critics Award for the piece Shine Utopians in 2020. After several collaborations, Batty Bwoy is his first solo work.

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  • Choreography and performer

    Harald Beharie
  • Visual Collaborators

    Karoline Bakken Lund og Veronica Bruce
  • Photo and Visual Collaborator

    Phillip McLeod
  • Composers

    Ring Van Möbius
  • Artistic advisor

    Hooman Sharifi
  • Produced by

    Dansens Hus, Oslo RAS, Sandnes Tou Scene, Stavanger
  • Supporters

    Norwegian Art council
    The audio and visual fund
    Sandnes Kommune
    Dansens Hus
    Tou Scene
  • Premiere date and place

    20.01.22 Dansens Hus, Oslo
  • Duration (minutes)

    60 min (Approximately)
  • Stage dimensions

    10 x 10 x 5 (Flexible)
  • Target group