Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010, and also started pole ‘tagging,’ and other public interventions in Manhattan and various cities. Under successive residencies in Belgium, Eisa developed an artistic praxis that probes the stereotype and context of the female pole dancer. Her Death of the Pole Dancer solo toured Berlin, Brussels, Zurich, Vienna and Ljubljana. Eisa then trained in ‘macho dancing,’ a popular night-club entertainment form, and premiered the solo Macho Dancer in spring 2013 which then toured 4 important European summer festivals: Impulstanz, Noorderzon, Tanz im August, and Theater Spektakel in Zurich where she won the Zürcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgement Prize.
“Macho Macho Woman: Interview with Eisa Jocson,” ArtAsiaPacific, April 23, 2014
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