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Recording: 2015-08-14 , Tanz im August 2015 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Eisa Jocson


Tanz im August 2015 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

With her latest solo piece Eisa Jocson creates a kind of “One-Woman-Entertainment-Service-Machine”. The starting point for “Host” was a research on female and transgender hostesses from the Philippines who create a kind of femininity in Japanese entertainment clubs, linked to the Japanese Geisha tradition. Like in a club the audience is seated next to a stage designed like a catwalk. “Host” examines economic and gender- specific strategies in the entertainment industry and questions the role of Philippine women in the context of international structures of power. Based on her experiences as a pole dancer, the Philippine choreographer and visual artist, developed the piece “Death of a Pole Dancer” about female stereotypes and “Macho Dancer”, with which she successfully tours in Europe.

“The Philippine body is marginalised in the globalised world”, says Jocson. “An immigrant body, which tries to assimilate into different cultural contexts and is preferably deployed in the emotional service sector – as caregiver, home help or indeed entertainer. Ten percent of the Philippine population works outside their own country.” The Philippine body as working capital or, as should perhaps be defined more precisely, as “sex-working capital” – all of Jocson’s pieces to date have been concerned with this subject, the Asian erotic industry as a hive of sexual and cultural clichés, and as a symbol of global economic disparity.
(Excerpt of “The Sum of all Projections of Desire”, Magazin im August 2015, text: Nicole Strecker)

Eisa Jocson, educated as a visual artist and trained as a ballet dancer, won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010 and began her dance career with public interventions like ‘pole tagging’. At subsequent artistic residencies in Belgium she choreographed her solo “Death of the Pole Dancer” (2011), which questioned the stereotypes and context of the female pole dancer and toured through Berlin, Brussels, Zurich, Vienna and Ljubljana. For her second solo, “Macho Dancer” (2013), she adopted a male form of Philippine nightclub entertainment. The piece was invited to international festivals such as ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Noorderzon in Groningen, Tanz im August and Theater Spektakel in Zurich.

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography, dance: Eisa Jocson
Dramaturgy: Arco Renz
Coach: Rasa Alksnyte
Sound composition: Marc Appart
Nihon buyo coach: Nanako Nakajima
Nihon buyo teacher: Bea Tamura Pascua
Light: Ansgar Kluge, Eisa Jocson
Production: Tang Fu Kuen
“Host” is a production of Eisa Jocson, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw and Workspace Brussels, Zurich theater spectacle and Beursschowburg.
Funded by a seasonal program by Season Foundation and through residencies at Workspace Brussels, tanzhaus nrw and Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting 2015 (TPAM), Pianofabriek.

Tanz im August 2015
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Production management: Sven Neumann
Artistic collaboration & project management: Andrea Niederbuchner
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Aventis Foundation.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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