HBAA Body Workshop | The Filipino Super-KTV-Woman Band: Darna Training

Venue: 1F, Rockbund Art Museum
Performer: Eisa Jocson
Language:English with Chinese Translation

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About the Workshop

As a visual artist with a background in ballet, Filipinos artist Eisa JOCSON uses her own body as the location of experimentation to explore body politics in service and entertainment industry at the effects of a globalized world. The Filipino Super-KTV-Woman Band is a performance by an all-female trio, which unpacks the colonial formation and socioeconomic conditions of Filipino show bands and relocates the performance within the KTV phenomenon. Darna Training emerged from unresolved questions within the creation process; Darna is an iconic Filipino super heroine, similar to Superwoman/Wonder Woman.

In this body workshop, participants will get a physical glimpse into the process and overall training of the Superwomen performers. The workshop will go through basic movements and vocal routines from the Darna Training repertoire. By switching from people who are entertained to the role of entertaining, participants will experience how the body is subject to certain purpose in need of catering the audience, to reflect on identity by observing the relationship between body, gender, work, society, and commercialization.

About the Tutor

Born in 1986, Eisa JOCSON currently lives and works in Manila. She is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines, originally trained as a visual artist with a background in ballet. From pole to macho dancing to hostess work, Eisa investigates the labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry. She is also concerned with identity and gender formation, as well as Filipino social mobility. Her work has toured extensively in major performing arts festivals and biennials worldwide, including Tanz im August, Berlin (2013 & 2015), Zurich Theater Spektakel (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017), Theatre der Welt, Germany (2014), Asia Triennial of Performing Arts, Melbourne (2017), and Sharjah Biennial (2019).