Eisa Jocson is an internationally renowned contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines; she is an artist whose line of work is creating and touring in countries in Asia Europe,America and Australia. A trained visual artist and with background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila back in 2010 and began her international dance career with public interventions like 'pole-tagging' here and abroad. Her 3 solos, “Death of the Pole Dancer" (2011) ,"Macho Dancer" (2013) and "Host" (2015) toured extensively in major festivals abroad.
Under the 2017's HAPPYLAND series, her new creations, "Princess" a duet with Filipino performance artists Russ Ligtas and " Your Highness" are the continuation of her investigation into Filipino labour,performance of happiness and production of fantasy within the happiness empire . “Your Highness " is her first ensemble creation and her very first work to be premiered and produced in the Philippines.
|Jocson shared the insight story|
Your Highness, created with the young and dextrous dancers of Ballet Philippines,is a concert that prefigures their potential transition into the industry of happiness. It endlessly rehearses there becoming "real" within the fantasy hall of "performed happiness”; of manufactured desires built upon privilege and the idealised Other.
“As an independent Filipina choreographer, it is a unique and inspiring adventure to collaborate with Ballet Philippines in creating this new ensemble work,” Jocson shared.
“It is exciting to see the dancers push their capacities into unknown terrain with incredible virtuosity. And I am looking forward to share this performance born out of an intense and meticulous process of exploring the dancer’s and ballet’s manifold bodies and voices,” the choreographer finally noted.
Your Highness’ international artistic team is led by Jocson (choreographer), GiaGequinto, Stephanie Cabral, MailaHabagat, Alexis Piel, and Carlo Padoga (Ballet Philippines dancers), Arco Renz and Anna Wagner (dramaturges), Teresa Barrozo (music and sound design), Florian Bach (lighting design), and Dennis Maristany (costume design).
Written and Photo: Patricia Curitana
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