Harald Beharie

30. mai–2. juni 2024 ❶ Premiere

A new work by Harald Beharie which takes the form of a collective excursion to the forest.

Undersang is a tapestry of opulent configurations. A sculptural choir on floating sonic structures - singing beings, soaked in a shimmer of queer ecologies and extravagant gestures. A place where time dissolves, traditions bend, and dichotomies such as nature and society, civilized and uncivilized, synthetic and organic are obliterated. Undersang challenges the concept of hierarchy among beings, and speculates on the very essence of what is considered 'natural'.

In this hybrid experience, where choreography, music, and sculptural work unfold, mythologies, folklore, national romantic ideals, and science fiction converge and give rise to a multifaceted understanding of history, future, and the present. Here, the melodramatic grandeur and profound consequences of nature weave themselves into the very fibres of our beings, spilling forth into an unpredictable, entropic landscape. While the terrain undergoes a continuous process of dissolution and transformation, being caressed by both erotic and violent forces. Falling into the deep shimmer where glamorous beings sing and vibrate at night.

Harald Beharie (he/they) is a Norwegian-Jamaican performer and choreographer based in Oslo. In various formats and contexts, his practice looks into alternative modes of being, dancing, and existing together while questioning notions of normativity. Harald’s work has received nominations for the Norwegian Dance Critics Awards for the performances Shine Utopians with Louis Schou and the solo work Batty Bwoy. The latter also won the Hedda Award for Best dance production in 2023. His work has been presented in museums, galleries, festivals, and other contexts both in Norway and abroad.

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