“As a woman portraying a seductive male dancer, she is hauntingly accurate. Ms. Jocson’s androgynous beauty, paired with the control she uses to undulate her torso or to spin forward on a knee, is stunning; even while grinding on the floor, she never forsakes her taut, calculated tension.” —New York Times

From pole dancing to macho dancing, choreographer Eisa Jocson investigates labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry and exposes gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

In this evening of two works, Death of the Pole Dancer interrogates the way we look at what we think we see. The audience is propositioned to reflect on what they are witnessing: a woman during the act of pole dancing. The performance renegotiates notions of voyeurism and restraint, vulnerability and violence, sexuality and power. Macho Dancer is a solo work of a woman performing a “macho dance,” a distinctly Filipino phenomenon of young men in nightclubs performing for male and female clientele. It is an economically motivated language of seduction that uses notions of masculinity as body capital.

Death of the Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer will be presented as a double bill with a short intermission between works.

Click here for a PDF of collected reviews, interviews, articles, and links, for a more in-depth overview on Eisa Jocson and her work.