IN FIRST PERSON, WORK IN PROGRESS
By Daniel Mariblanca in collaboration with the filmmaker Ursula Kaufmann.
The preproject aims to give space and visibility to personal transgender experiences and elaborate and deepen discussions about gender identity, collective transgender history and social layers that exist through art forms such as dance, performance, film, music and academia. 'In First Person' is inspired by and will be performed by transgender people from Norway and abroad from 2020.
During the past three years Daniel Mariblance had the opportunity to meet more than 150 transgender people from around the world. He experienced during this time how that transgender identities are not limited to isolated experiences. They are crossed by other intersectional factors such as, family and community support, educational access, internalized dysphoria, personal dreams, age, health, work opportunities, nationality, class, access to medical treatments, etc. These factors have an impressive impact on how transgender people are included and function in society. They also directly and indirectly affect the individual choices related to existing in a social construction. To understand the complexity of our transgender existences one must be aware of the relationship our societal connections create on the spectrum of gender diversity within the Trans community.
In First Person preproject is a collaboration between several influential transgender people from Norway and abroad. And aim to collaborate with local artists, intercontinental transgender activists, lawyers and professors to disseminate and expand the knowledge surrounding the transgender communities from an artistic, social, academic and political perspective.
We will use Intersectionality as tool to identify how different aspects of social and political discrimination cross with gender. We will use an intersectional perspective to identify micro and macro forms of discrimination that may be related to one another, and take these relationships into account when working to promote social and political equity. Working with intersectionality as an artistic strategy, we will focus on giving individual voice and identity to every element involved; the scenography, the lights, the performance, the content, the film as well as the audience and the spaces will be influenced and influential over the others. We will work in constant dialogue, over crossing aesthetics, rhythms and some times in opposition forces to search for dynamics and and new ways of relational meaning.
An important premise for the development of the choreographic and dramaturgical expression, is what we consider as a fundamental premise for the whole project: That everything is in constant movement; in constant transformation.
Each of the protagonist will work from their own history, memory and perception.
In physical tasks and specific types of improvisations we will work with basic binary concepts such as past-future, reality-fiction, life-death, legal-illegal, hetero-homo, man-woman, biological-cultural, healthy-sick, masculinity-femininity, etc. We will observe where our experiences are located within these frameworks. Hopefully this can be a good starting point that allows us to generate new spaces outside the binomial and materialize other possible views where exist and resist.
Time, space and memories
The use of time is a key component in all the parts of the process in order to create and make visible a multiverse; the existence of multiple dimensions collapsing in the same moment and space. We will travel to the past through shared memories of what the mind and the body remembers of the same moment, using the friction between reality and fiction. We will use and create unfinished and fragmented narratives as a tool to choreograph essential concepts and possible outcomes for the project.
In First Person consists of three parts;
The House, The Festival and The Dance
The team of work in prosess:
Daniel Mariblanca: Concept, choreography and dance (Norway/Spain)
Ursula Kaufmann, Video design (Spain)
Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen, Dramaturgy (Norway)
Camilla Svingen, Producer and tour manager (Norway)