Reappropriating “batty bwoy”, a Jamaican homophobic slang term, Harald Beharie’s intense solo performance moves between attribution and self-actualization. What kind of energies can be drawn from the destructive fantasies that are continually projected onto Black queer people and their bodies? In the sometimes playful, sometimes eery Batty Bwoy, Beharie creates a fascinating “ambivalent creature” that in its nakedness provokes our gaze and skillfully lets images take shape before shedding them.
Choreography: Harald Beharie
Performer: Harald Beharie
Artistic collaborators: Karoline Bakken Lund and Veronica Bruce
Sculpture: Karoline Bakken Lund and Veronica Bruce
Composer: Ring van Möbius
Sound designer: Jassem Hindi
Outside eye: Hooman Sharifi, Inés Belli
Supported by: Kulturrådet, Fond for lyd og bilde, FFUK, Sandnes Kommune, Oslo Kommune and
Coproducers: Dansens Hus and RAS
Photo: Julie Hrncirova
Thanks to Tobias Leira, Ingeborg Staxrud Olerud and Phillip McLeod.