BOYS is a choreographed concert performed by a group of boys from 15–19 years old. The boys come from different places in Oslo and the surrounding area, with different experience and interest in music and performing arts. Over a long period of time, they have met and got to know each other through music, movement and themes that occupy them. Together they have made a bunch of songs where genres such as pop, folk music and rap are mixed and staged.
Choreographer Marie Bergby Handeland's starting point for BOYS is a curiosity about what kind of community that arises in a group of boys – what kind of force, vulnerability, seriousness and humor will appear in them. Several of Bergby Handeland's works are driven by a desire to create greater bodily communities. She wants to turn up the volume of voices and bodies she thinks we should listen to, twist and turn what we have already listened to by placing it in new frames, and highlight latent choreographies in people and spaces that do not necessarily know they have them in them. She is interested in conversations about power, responsibility and closeness in the public space – about who we are and how we see each other there.
Marie Bergby Handeland has previously presented her work Kirkedanseren og Forfatterbevegelsen at Black Box teater.