71 is a massive number and include diversity. 7 is a magical number and represents the universe and collectivity. The number 1 represents individualism and solitude. 71 is a primal number, impossible to divide. Universe and individual, public and private, political and personal, coming out and intimacy - all of the different faces of the same coin.
71BODIES is a transgender inclusive professional dance and performance company based in Bergen, Norway. The company was founded 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. In 2020, the three-part production In First Person premiers online and in various venues in Bergen, Norway.
71 BODIES emphasises diverse narratives by including essential perspectives communicated through film, photography and documentary style videography incorporated in its dance and performance productions.
DANIEL MARIBLANCA is a professional dancer and has his education from Toulouse CDC (Center for youth education choreographers) 2006, France. He graduated in Contemporary Dance at the Institute del Teatre de Barcelona in 2005. Since March 2016 he has been working as a dancer at Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, as well as developing projects with his company 71BODIES.
My name is Daniel Mariblanca and I am a transgender person.
I was born in Barcelona, Spain, 35 years ago.
My transition started some years ago. I am a dancer. I felt so liberated to
come out and open my heart to all of those that surrounded me.
I did it because i could not lie to myself any more. I had a lot of doubts and fears about coming out.
To be discriminated against, to be refused by my family, my partner or my friends. I had fear that I could lose my job. I was questioning if this would affect my career.
I was concerned about how me coming out would affect my future.
Yet, I did it.
TEAM FOR IN FIRST PERSON
Kjersti Alm Eriksen
Celia Velo Camacho
TEAM FOR 71BODIES 1DANCE
Mar C Llop
Jon Eirik Sira