71BODIES is a transgender inclusive dance and performance company based in Bergen, Norway. The company was created by Daniel Mariblanca at the beginning of his gender transition out of an urgency to both understand and document the complexities that lie within the transgender identity.
In 2018, the company premiered the multidisciplinary production 71BODIES 1DANCE, which was inspired by seventy one transgender people and their stories. It has since received local, national and international support and visibility, and is currently working on the productions In First Person and Normal.
71 BODIES emphasises diverse narratives by including essential perspectives communicated through film, photography and documentary style videography incorporated in its dance and performance productions.
IN FIRST PERSON
In First Person is a trans life project inspired and performed by transgender people from Norway and abroad. We aim to create space and visibility for every unique story from the first person perspective, while elaborating and deepening discussions about gender identity, collective transgender history and social norms.
In First Person consists of three singular pieces that function apart while simultaneously creating one coherent work:
The House [Digital], The Festival and The Dance
The Festival is a three-day event curated by Daniel Mariblanca/71BODIES. The goal is to disseminate and expand the knowledge about the transgender community from an academic and theoretical perspective, with the hope to enrich and generate other narratives in our structural imaginarium about gender and especially the transgender spectrum. We gather around important ideas and celebrate the idea of transgender as a changing force in society.
The Festival includes lectures, performance lectures and panel discussions with professor and activist Susan Stryker, LGBTQIA+ family rights lawyer Erik Mägi, physicist and data researcher charlie negri, teacher and LGBTIQA+ activist Stein Wolff Frydenlund, artist and activist Mathilde Decaen and artist Kaeto Sweeney, among others. This is a free event, hosted by Litteraturhuset i Bergen, Kunsthallen 3,14 and KRAFT.
The Festival is a free event, and it will be arranged 17 September 2020 at Litteraturhuset and 18–19 September 2020 at Kunsthall 3,14 and KRAFT in Bergen.