IN FIRST PERSON
In First Person is a is a trans life project initiated by Daniel Mariblanca in collaboration with the filmmaker Ursula Kaufmann, inspired and performed by transgender people from Norway and abroad.
It consists of three singular pieces that function apart while simultaneously creating one coherent work:
The House [Digital], The Festival and The Dance
Through exploring and connecting different art forms with research and the academic perspective, the project gives space and visibility to personal transgender experiences with the aim to elaborate and deepen discussions about gender identity, collective transgender history and social norms. We aim to create space and visibility for every unique story from the first person perspective.
Transgender identities are not only influenced by gender experiences. They are intersected by other factors such as family and community support, educational access, internalised dysphoria, personal dreams, age, health, work opportunities, nationality, class and access to medical treatments. These factors and more are defining 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: The House (Digital)
Location: Different venues in Bergen
Dates: 01 July – 15 August 2020
Production volunteers are the people who will make this production happen. They are essential to the rigging up and down of each location and will assist the production team when needed, so some heavy lifting may be required.
Daily volunteers are necessary, but those that can schedule for consecutive days are much appreciated.
Times will be scheduled according to date and location.
Summer is approaching and we want your commitment and assistance! Don’t delay.
If you are interested in being a volunteer with us, please send an email to email@example.com with the subject In First Person: The House Volunteer Request.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
The House [Digital] consists of ten episodes inspired, created and performed by a cast of nine transgender protagonists. The episodes will be streamed from different locations in and around Bergen, reflecting on how transgender bodies exist in physical and non-physical social spaces.
Through dance, performance, film, personal stories and select locations, In First Person: The House [Digital] will offer the audience unique narratives around how our transgender identities influence public spaces and question the codes in those spaces. In the course of the ten episodes we will invite you to live with us, share our experiences and engage with us through an interactive format. We aim to explore as well as challenge the connections and differences between personal, intimate, public, political and collective spaces where transgender people exist and live.
The House [Digital] will premiere online 4–8 and 11–15 August 2020.
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.
The Festival includes lectures, performance lectures and panel discussions with professor and activist Susan Stryker, LGBTQIA+ family rights lawyer Erik Mägi, activist Charlie Black and artist and activist Mathilde Decaen, among others. This is a free event, hosted by Litteraturhuset, Kunsthallen 3,14 and KRAFT.
The Festival at Litteraturhuset: 17 September 2020
The Festival at Kunsthall 3,14 and KRAFT: 18–19 September 2020
The Dance will premier during Oktoberdans 2020, with a limited audience of 20 people per performance. This multidisciplinary, collaborative performance will be an intimate manifestation of the topics discussed in the streamed episodes of The House [Digital], and mirrors the discussions of The Festival. The audience will join nine transgender protagonists on a journey of erasing the boundaries between trans/not trans, performers/audience and stage/home, and experience the performance in first person. Playing with ideas of reality and fiction, consequences of choices, and what bodies are represented on stage, the performance proposes another way of producing beauty and generating desire. The Dance wishes to include, involve and acknowledge the society as a whole, and create a space where we have the courage to enter into the darkness and colour each other’s’ grey areas. In times of social distancing, we aim for intimacy.
The Dance will premiere 24–25 October 2020 at Studio Bergen.
Barry de Bruin is a singer, (musical) improviser and maker. Alumnus at the Utrechts Conservatorium, where he started a somatic research on the vocal potential of the relation between breath and the spine. He gives workshops about gender, personal boundaries and violence for the Imagine project, connected to Emancipator and the White Ribbon Campaign.
Barry the Bruin grew up in a small town near Amsterdam. At a young age he sang in numerous productions of the Dutch National Opera as part of the children's choir. At the Utrechts Conservatorium he developed an interest for poetic storytelling and started somatic vocal research. He also gives workshops on gender, personal boundaries and violence.
Bart Bloem Herraiz is a gender and outdoor education scholar. Their work focuses on feminist, trans and queer theory, as well as the inclusion and representation of queer and trans people in the natural environment.
I am Christer André and I appreciate deep feelings through art. With this said my hobbies are creativeness, volunteering and doing cultural things. Over the last years, one of my heart cases is the third gender alternative. When I have spare time. I like to write music, update my blog and do my duties as an activist regarding the gender alternative. Another thing, I am also open minded, good hearted, honest and I don’t take any bullshit.
My name is Daniel Mariblanca and I was born in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2016 I have been living, working and creating in Bergen, Norway. With my first large scale project, 71BODIES 1DANCE, I created the company 71Bodies. This project and company was/is in line with my gender transition. 71Bodies is a transgender inclusive company that creates informative and revolutionary works utilizing performative art methodologies to inform, create compassion and unite diverse walks of life. In addition I work full time as a professional dancer with Carte Blanche.
In First Person is a full production that will premiere in Bergen in 2020 which will be presented in three parts: The House, The Festival and The Dance. In First Person is a transgender inspired and produced work that takes responsibility for creating our own narratives surrounding our transgender experiences from personal, collective and political perspectives.
Isak is an activist, compassionate entrepreneur, creator. Leader of Bergen Veganfestival, Project leader of Skeiv i Bergen, Deputy leader of SAGA (Sexuality and gender acceptance) His focus is creating community, safe space and visibility of trans and queer people.
Judith Juanhuix is a physicist, scientist, transgender, bachian, procrastinator, non-binary wannabe woman, finisher, former transvestite, dull musician, Catalan, nosey, millennial-minded boomer, bisexual, mother of two teens and therefore home made hero. I usually love people.
My name is Koyote. I am a gender creative, fallible, friendly, curious, creative, learning human animal. I am also a singer-songwriter, poet, performer, psychotherapist and process facilitator. I explore and celebrate what is possible in the space between.
I am Silje-Håvard Bolstad, a transgender person from Norway. My gender identity is non-binary transfeminine with a touch of genderfluid. My favorite words are “gender creativity” and “trans talent”. I work as a clinical psychologist, sexologist and assistant professor. At the University of Agder, I teach sexology classes, and work on an international research project on gender identity and gender diversity. As a psychologist, I have worked with transgender youth and adults who seek counselling, therapy and/or gender-affirming body adjustments. I am also a trans activist, member of the Norwegian LGBT-organization FRI, and involved in political processes regarding access to health care and legal rights for the transgender community.
Tonje Havstad, 54, is a Norwegian wooden boat builder and skipper with four kids.
She ran the family pewter producing business as a man, and later became a business consultant. After transitioning at the age of 50, she moved on to working with both art and craft – to tell stories and build things that emphasize taking care of the oceans and the fjords. She is currently writing a master thesis about the use of discretion because ultimately, science should guide us to better decisions, not prejudices.