Sterud/Kongsness
Butch Tribute

6.–8. oktober 2021 ❶ Premiere

19:00, Store scene

19:00, Store scene

19:00, Store scene

Butch Tribute is a celebration of queer, female masculinity!

In Butch Tribute, Marte Reithaug Sterud and Ann-Christin Kongsness do a physical exploration of female masculinity. As female dancers, they have been trained in dance techniques with feminine ideals. This has greatly colored their language of movement, even in situations where they "choose" how they want to move. In Butch Tribute, their embodiment and presence are based on masculine qualities such as restraint and understatement, heaviness and explosiveness.

As queer women, our lives lay the groundwork for what we want to present on a stage. We are inspired by butch – a term used about masculine women in the queer community. We experience that marginalization and erasure of butches means that they are at risk of being perceived as stereotypes. This project is our contribution to multiplying the representation of this identity category.

Butch Tribute consists of three performances, each with its own representation of female masculinity: Flirt, Roses and Flannel Dream.

Sterud/Kongsness are dance artists Marte Reithaug Sterud and Ann-Christin Kongsness. They are the creators of Soft Manifesto, presented at the Black Box TEATER in 2015, and have previously arranged a series of conversations on queer dance during Oslo Pride 2018.