The Berlin performer Bridge Markland is a virtuoso of roleplay and transformation. An artist who effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theatre, performance, cabaret and puppet theatre.
Her speciality are transgender-performances in which the audience can experience the change of woman to man (or vice versa).
Markland is a pioneer of drag and gender performance in Germany and organized Drag-King events, tours and festivals between 1994 - 2002.
With Diane Torr she co-curated the go drag! festival - women celeberate cross dressing in Berlin in 2002.
She toured her short and long productions in Germany, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
Presently her main focus are collages of classical German theatre pieces with pop music – performed as lip-synced solos using role change and puppets: faust in the box (German), faust in the box (English) after Goethes Faust (part 1), krug in the box (German) Heinrich von Kleist: The broken Jug, räuber in the box (German) after Friedrich Schiller: The Robbers, robbers in the box (english) after Friedrich Schiller: The Robbers / Die Räuber. leonce + lena in the box (German) after Georg Büchner: Leonce and Lena, rats in the box (German) after Gerhart Hauptmann: The Rats.
Other focus points of her work are:
Short performances --> silent movie expression, drag shows, gender transformations, erotic comedy, audience interactions, dance.
Performer, dancer, actress with other companies:
Performer in Le Pustra's Kabarett der Namenlosen 1920's inspired Berlin Cabaret Show - since 2016
Performer with Bearded Ladies Cabaret / Philadelphia / USA in Do You Want a Cookie? Project / 2018
Actress + Clown with: Platypus Theater childrens and young peoples theatre company - since 2003 www.platypus-theater.de
writer, actress, art-/ photo model
Bridge Markland was born in (West-) Berlin in 1961
- 1973 - 1979 active in the school theatre company - 1979 - Abitur (High School Diploma) at Martin-Buber Oberschule in Berlin
- 1981 - 1984 Gymnastics-teacher-education - dance-studies with former Mary Wigman-student Gisela Colpe
- 1985 - 1991 intensive studies of contact-improvisation, new-dance and many other dance forms
- 1991 - 1994 studied Body-Mind-Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in Massachusetts/USA- 1991 – 1996 (on and off) time spend in New York City researching in dance-, club- and transgender scenes and performing in many different venues. The times spend in New York were a great inspiration for her artistic work.