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
In First Person – The Dance is a multidisciplinary, collaborative performance premiering during the festival Oktoberdans in Bergen in October 2020. This will be an intimate manifestation of the topics discussed in the streamed episodes of The House [Digital], and mirrors the discussions of The Festival.
In First Person – The Dance is created, performed and produced by an all transgender cast, which makes it the first professional work of its kind in Norway.