Eisa Jocson’s newest creation, “Your Highness” held its world premiere last July 27, 8pm at the CCP Little Theater.
Jocson's creation will also be performed at several major European performing arts festivals from August to September 2017. The work is a production by Ballet Philippines and KünstlerhausMousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany), in co-production with InternationalesSommerfestivalKampnagel (Germany), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (Switzerland).
Coming to the first night of the show last last July 27 had me feeling intrigued on how the production will turn out. Last night was my first time watching a ballet ensemble created by the international artist, Eisa Jocson.
Eisa Jocson is an internationally renowned artist creating and touring works in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Educated as a visual artist and trained as a ballet dancer, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila 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.
“Your Highness” is her first ensemble creation, and is the first of all her works to be premiered and produced in the Philippines. In “Your Highness”, the classically trained dancers masterfully alternate between stylized Disney gestures and standards of ballet classics like Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and SwanLake – and explore the fine line between portrayals of happiness through ballet history and princess archetypes in a globalized entertainment industry.
Every year Ballet Philippines continuously loses its soloists to Disneyland in Hong Kong. This self-described “happiest place on earth” is now the most important employer for Filipino dancers, who are escaping the economic and political impasse of their home.Against this backdrop, choreographer Eisa Jocson has now created a dance piece with five young dancers of the Ballet Philippines.
Kudos to all who partake in making this incredible (yet again) ensemble!
“Your Highness” international artistic team is led by EisaJocson (choreographer)
GiaGequinto, Stephanie Cabral, MailaHabagat, Alexis Piel, and Carlo Padoga (Ballet Philippines dancers), Arco Renz& Anna Wagner (dramaturgs),Teresa Barrozo (music & sound design),
Florian Bach (lighting design), and jjMaristany (costume design).
Photos : AXL Guinto
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