The House [Digital]
The House [Digital] is the first transgender production now available online that is created, performed and produced by an all trans cast.
The first ever "Trans tv" in Bergen, Norway, manifested itself from Daniel Mariblanca's urgency to not cancel, but instead to refocus and reestablish the work for the rapidly changing arts and culture scene that presented itself during the most chaotic COVID times of 2020.
The House [Digital] consists of ten chapters inspired, created and performed by a cast of nine transgender protagonists. The chapters 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] premiered online 4–8 and 11–15 August 2020.
4 Aug WELCOME TO OUR HOUSE
Nine transgender protagonists from different parts of Europe are coming together to create an artistic experience. Video now online:
5 Aug HOME
What is a home? Exploring notions of belonging, transformation and movement. Video now online:
6 Aug SPACES IN BETWEEN
The gap in between – expanding social codes. On creativity with who you are, with gender, orientation and sexual expression. Video now online:
7 Aug LET'S PLAY
About bodies and diversity. Let's play with what lies beyond physical norms and produced gender expressions. Video now online:
8 Aug FRIENDS
Sharing and caring for each other. Stories of contact and connection. Video now online:
11 Aug NON BINARY
The world is not black and white, and gender is not just about boys and girls. Turning gender rules into gender freedom. Video now online:
12 Aug FAMILY
We have a family and we choose one. An intimate conversation about the importance of kinship, support structures and relationship dynamics. Video now online:
13 Aug FREEDOM AND FRICTION
A first ever trans* only night at the swimming pool – celebrating the non binary potential of gendered public spaces.
14 Aug OUTSIDE THE BOX
Diversity and Gender cartographies. Resisting the normal.
15 Aug COMMUNITY POWER
In first person in the community
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. He 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.
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.
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 emphasise 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.
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.
Joakim Eide is an artist, activist and transman. He has a passion for multidisiplinary art-forms and ways of creating representation and dramatic expressions. Trans, queer and intersectional feminism is the focus in his activism. He has a bachelor in sociology and gender studies. He has been in the board of several queer-centered organizations in Norway. Apart from the activism and artistic work (illustrations, paintings, floral creations, photo and video-concepts), he also does modeling and acting.
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.
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 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.