Harald Beharie Oslo, Norway
“Batty Bwoy” is a slang expression used in Jamaica to refer to queer people. In this performance, Harald Beharie, a Norwegian artist of Jamaican origins, reappropriates this expression, twisting and turning the myths of the queer body to invoke demonic sensitivities and charming cruelties, unfolding vulnerable possibilities in an interplay of consciousness and naivety. The work is inspired by widespread myths, disgusting stereotypes, feelings and fantasies related to queer bodies and identities, homophobic dancehall lyrics, 70s Italian giallo films, the resilience of the Jamaican community of Gully Queens – who had to face the consequences of rampant homophobia – and by queer voices in Norway and Jamaica that participated in the creative process. “Batty Bwoy” goes through the porosity of bodies and languages, attacking and embracing sedimented narratives around the fear of the queer body as a perverse and deviant figure. The work evokes an ambivalent being existing on the threshold of a precarious body: it is liberated power, joy and batty energy.
Harald Beharie is a Norwegian-Jamaican artist and choreographer who lives and works in Oslo. While applying various formats and contexts, his practice looks into alternative modes of dancing and existing while questioning notions of normativity. His choreographic practice unfolds into different constellations with other artists, using dance to create elusive spaces of ambivalence and fantasy, oscillating between deconstruction and construction, optimism and doubt, apathy and affect. Harald’s work has been presented in museums, galleries and festivals and was nominated for the Norwegian Critics’ Association award for the performances “Shine Utopians” and “Batty Bwoy”.
Accessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
via Orsini 19, Santarcangelo
duration: 75 minutes
di e con Harald Beharie
collaboratori artistici Karoline Bakken Lund e Veronica Bruce
sculture Karoline Bakken Lund, Veronica Bruce
compositore Ring van Möbius
sound designer Jassem Hindi
occhio esterno Hooman Sharifi, Inés Belli
coproduzione Dansens Hus, RAS
con il supporto di Kulturrådet, Fond for lyd og bilde, FFUK, Sandnes Kommune, Oslo Kommune, TOU
e Norwegian Art Council e Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Performing Arts Hub Norway
progetto realizzato con il supporto di Reale Ambasciata di Norvegia a Roma
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