Main Stage, Dansens Hus
15. October - Kl 19.00
16. October - Kl 19.00
An intimate dance journey that challenges the audience’s perception of beauty and desire.
Transgender people and people with various disabilities meet on a stage to share personal experiences, perspectives and challenges related to their sexuality.
What does “normal” mean when we use the word to describe a person or their bodies? Which organs are considered desirable? Which bodies have access to an efficient and healthy sexual life?
The dance – and performance company 71BODIES was founded by Daniel Mariblanca. Since 2016 the company has been using sexuality as a powerful tool to express something universal in a number of multidisciplinary projects. The company has received a number of awards for its work, including Bergens Tidendes kritikerpris, Pernilleprisen and Heddaprisen in 2022.
- We are not born in the wrong body, but perhaps in social structures that maintain the privilege of functional bodies. Inside us we find the desire to celebrate our bodies. It's not about being stronger or more skilled, but about becoming more flexible, more sensitive. (71BODIES)
As a transgender person, Mariblanca experiences her own gender identity as fluid, not either or. He describes the transition as both vulnerable and liberating – like stopping lying to yourself. The artist has a strong urge to open up to everyone around him, and convey the experiences of difference, courage and honesty through dance.
By combining video recordings from reality with choreography, live music and suggestive lighting design, the audience are invited to an intimate dance on stage; NORMAL explores other ways of generating, valuing and experiencing sexuality outside the hegemonic standards. Each body part has its own story. 71BODIES focuses on discovering these stories.
NORMAL changes our perspective with the intention of turning discomfort into pleasure: We learn to discover our body for the first time, again and again.