Aug 26: Batty Bwoy – Harald Beharie / Part of Proud Performing Arts Festival

On 26 – 27 of August, a variety of scenic expressions are offered by and with queer authors. Personal, sweaty, intimate, musical, carnivalesque and joyful! 💦

Stolt Scenkonst is a festival that wants to experience and discuss performing arts by and with performing artists who all see the world from a norm-critical angle. What is the portrayal of queer and LGBTQIA and what does it look like? Experience a festival beyond the stereotypes!


Date: August 26
Time: 19.30 + talk with Harald Beharie

Ordinare: 100 kr
u26/stud/pensionär: 60 kr

Festival pass
2 shows: 160 kr
4 shows: 260 kr
(Student/Senior/ u 26 years 4 shows: 240 kr)

Batty Bwoy is a solo performance in collaboration with Karoline Bakken Lund, Veronica Bruce, Jassem Hindi and Ring van Mobius.

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.

SCENOGRAPHY/SCULPTURE: Karoline Bakken Lund and Veronica Bruce
MUSIC: Ring van Möbius
OUTSIDE EYE: Ines Belli and Hooman Sharifi
CO-PRODUCERS: Dansens Hus and RAS
SUPPORTED BY: Norwegian Art council, Fond for lyd og bilde,FFUK, Sandnes Kommune and Tou Scene.
PHOTO: Julie Hrncirova (1) Margot Sparkes (2), Pietro Bertora (3)

Thanks to Tobias Leira and Ingeborg Staxrud Olerud.

The project won the Hedda prize for best dance performance 2023 and was nominated for the Norwegian Critics Association Prize 2022.