Performance lecture: Eisa Jocson
Gender, sexuality and the body in Filipino culture
Internationally renowned contemporary choreographer and dancer Eisa Jocson from the Philippines presents a new performance lecture reflecting on three works that have significantly transformed her practice: Death of the pole dancer (2011), Macho dancer (2013) and the HAPPYLAND series (2017).
Drawn from the artist’s personal archive of research material, this performance-lecture will present a documentation of movement transmission and training, as well as a live demonstration of how different systems of physical exercise can transform the body.
Following the performance lecture, Jocson will be joined by visiting scholar Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines, to discuss gender and sexuality and its link to Filipino culture and contemporary performance art. The discussion will be facilitated by Matt Cox, the Gallery’s curator of Asian art and curator of the exhibition Passion and procession: art from the Philippines.
The event is presented in partnership with Performance Space where Jocson will present her second performance lecture Corponomy as part of Liveworks 2017: Festival of experimental art. Find out more
About the artist
Eisa Jocson trained as a visual artist. With a background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010. Her solo triptych of Death of the pole dancer (2011), Macho dancer (2013) and Host (2015) has toured extensively to contemporary dance festivals in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. Her latest creations Princess (2017) and Your Highness (2017) under the HAPPYLAND series are a continuation of her investigation into the performance of happiness and the production of fantasy of Filipino entertainers within the happiness empire.
Image: Eisa Jocson Macho dancer 2013. Photo: Giannina Ottiker