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Encounters | Daniel Mariblanca’s 71 Bodies 1 Dance

ENCOUNTERS | GENDER IDENTITY | JUNE 28 & 29 | PERFORMANCE | 71BODIES 1DANCE

A multidisciplinary 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 propose new references and ways of appreciating beauty and producing desire.

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?

“When I began my transition from female to a trans man, I had the urgency to create a choreographic work where I could express my strong emotions as well as the changes that I began to experience within my 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

Earlier Event: June 27
Encounters | Performing Gender
Later Event: June 28
Anatomy #20: "Mollycoddler" (June)