Manila-based choreographer Eisa Jocson's work explores the entanglements of gender, affective labor, migration, and corporeality. She also explores the power structures and economies of gaze that are inscribed in theater and the entertainment industry.
In her latest piece, Manila Zoo, she explores the intersection of human and animal, labor, isolation, and spectacle, based on the role Filipino performers play in Disney parks in East Asia. When does Disney's world turn into a zoo? The COVID-19 pandemic has made this question even more urgent. Who is free to move about? Who is forced to live in one place, in a confined space? InManila, happiness and horror interpenetrate. Man and animal share psychosis in isolation.
Contributors and additional information:
Artistic direction, choreography, performance Eisa Jocson.
Musical direction Charlotte Simon, in collaboration with Bunny Cadag, Cathrine Go, Russ Ligtas, Joshua Serafin
Creative Presence Arco Renz
Dramaturgy Anna Wagner
Lighting Design Jan Maertens
Live Stream Video Design Yap Seok Hui (ARTFACTORY)
Choreographic consulting, movement coach Rasa Alksynte
Technical direction Yap Seok Hui (ARTFACTORY)
Live Stream, Video Technique Stev.e Kwak (ARTFACTORY)
Sound, VideoEngineer Fernando Castro I public noise
Production Management, Coordination, Distribution Anne Kleiner
Artistic Production Management Frankfurt, Touring Andreas Jahncke
Production Management Manila Perky Parong
A production by Eisa Jocson, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main.
In co-production with BIT Teatergarasjen, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Kaserne Basel, RISING Melbourne, Tanzquartier Wien, Taipei Performing Arts Center, TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama.
In cooperation with Gallus Theater Frankfurt am Main. Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe Institute.
The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.
On April 9, Eisa Jocson's short film The Filipino Superwoman Band will be shown as part of Film & Talk.
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