Eisa Jocson

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Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet. From pole to macho dancing to hostess work, Eisa investigates the labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry, and exposes identity and gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

In her new creation, HAPPYLAND series (2017), Princess is a duet with Filipino performance artist Russ Ligtas and Your Highness is a collaboration with 5 dancers from Ballet Philippines. This series is a continuation of her investigation into Filipino labour, performance of happiness and production of fantasy within the happiness empire.

Eisa won the title of 2010 Pole Art Champion in Manila. Her 3 solo works; Death of the Pole Dancer (2011), Macho Dancer (2013) and Host (2015) has toured extensively in major performing arts festivals worldwide, including Impulstanz Vienna (2013), Tanz im August, Berlin (2013 & 2015), Zurich Theater Spektakel (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017), Theatre der Welt, Germany (2014), Asia Triennial of Performing Arts, Melbourne (2017).

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