71 BODIES 1 DANCE
What is gender? What does it mean to be transgender?
What is the difference between a transgender person and a cisgender person?
What differences are there between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation?
What does it mean to live in the closet? What does it mean to come out?
71BODIES-1DANCE is a multidiciplinary trans art project – performance / photography / video. An interdisciplinary and choreographic initiative by Daniel Mariblanca in which photography, film installation and dance performance are in dialogue to create an intersectional format that pertains to the reality and complexity of the wide spectrum of (trans)gender identities. The work is inspired by 71 personal experiences and testimonies from transgender individuals in Europe. This artistic project gives visibility, awake curiosity and generate knowledge about the transgender community – from a human level through an artistic work. By exposing diverse ways of being, the project proposes new references and ways of appreciating beauty and producing desire.
The dance performance lasts for 71 minutes and will embrace the 71 stories in one body. The physical work is based in the body, the qualities and the textures. The dance will reflect the intimate meeting with personal experience, with the present body through dance. With an empty black stage and a naked body. No distractions or ornamentation, just the body and its physicality.
Choreographer Daniel Mariblanca
When he began his transition from female to a trans man, Daniel Mariblanca had the urgency to create a choreographic work where he could express his strong emotions as well as the changes that he began to experience within his body.
“It felt so liberating to come out and open my heart to all people that were surrounding me. I did it because I could not lie to myself anymore. I had a lot of doubts and fears about coming out; to be discriminated or refused by my family, my partner, or my friends. I had the fear that I could lose my job. I was questioning if coming out would affect my career. I was concerned about how my coming out would affect my future. I knew that I wasn’t the only one having these fears and pressures. Many other transgender people go through similar struggles. I realized that only talking from my individual perspective would give a very limited version of what it is to be a transgender person. That’s why I was inspired to base this work on 71 transgender people and was also the beginning of this company.”
Daniel Mariblanca, Concept, choreography and dance (Norway/Spain)
Camilla Svingen, Producer and tour manager (Norway)
Ursula Kaufmann, Video design (Spain)
Amanda Billberg, Dramaturgy (Sweden)
Jon Eirik Sira, Light design
Mathias Grønsdal, Tour technician (Norway)
Mar C Llop, Photographer (Spain)
Gunnar Innvær, Composer (Norway)
Miriam Casal Madinabeitia Composer (Spain)