One of Philippines' most provocative
One of Philippines’ most provocative dance artists, Eisa Jocson explores gender, politics and power relations as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of her native country. In this doublebill, audiences can experience one of her most iconic works, a transgressive gender-bending performance called Macho Dancer, followed by a performance lecture titled Corponomy, which reflects on Jocson’s conceptual and socially-informed practice.
Macho Dancer is inspired by a seductive dance form performed by young men in Manila nightclubs. In this internationally toured piece, Jocson embodies the exaggeratedly masculine and sexual vocabulary – slow gyrations, body undulations, bicep flexing – set to the tenor of power ballads. Here, she enacts what she calls a “gender loop”, where notions of desire and objectification play out back and forth between gender roles without easy resolution. Her strikingly androgynous dance was featured in electronic musician Peaches’ iconic music video for How Do You Like My Cut? (2016).
Corponomy, a new commission by the da:ns festival, is a performance lecture that reflects on all her works produced from 2009 to 2017, which are concerned with the representations of the dancing body and the production of fantasy in the service industry. Drawn from the artist’s personal archive of research material, they include investigations into the politics of pole dancing (Death of The Pole Dancer, 2011), Filipino hostess culture in Japan (Host, 2015) and Filipino entertainers working in Disneyland (Princess, 2017; Your Highness, 2017).
27 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 28 (Saturday) 10:00 pm
Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive