Princess Studies: Fantasy, Work and Happiness, a work in progress and discussion with Eisa Jocson

Eisa Jocson

Dec 08, 2015

Para Site
22/F Wing Wah Ind. Building
677 King’s Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Para Site is pleased to present Princess Studies: Fantasy, Work and Happiness, a work in progress and discussion with Eisa Jocson on Tuesday, 8 December, 7 pm as part of Para Site’s ongoing Hong Kong’s Migrant Domestic Workers Project.

Following Jocson’s Hong Kong premiere of Macho Dancer in 2014, she was invited this year to participate in Para Site’s International Art Residency (PSIAR) to investigate the migration of labour and economy of performance in Hong Kong’s mainstream service industry, a research trajectory she has previously tackled in the early 2000s. In Hong Kong, one of the moments of intersection between labour and performance occurs in amusement parks, which employ a large number of Philippine professional dancers as entertainers.

Currently in the final phase of her research, Jocson collaborates with dancer Joshua Serafin to manifest her research on physical gestures, props, and body language employed by entertainers in these mainstream amusement parks. In her performance, Jocson examines and deconstructs the intricate programming of the body used to convey an environment of constructed happiness, attainable desires, and reassured wellbeing. The performance is followed by a discussion with Jocson on her performance and research.

Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer based in Manila. Trained as a visual artist and with a background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010, and started pole ‘tagging’ and other public interventions in New York and various other cities. She then trained in macho dancing and premiered Macho Dancer in Spring 2013. Together with her creation Death of the Pole Dancer (2011) and Host (2014- ongoing), Jocson has since toured numerous European festivals.

The event is free of charge, though seating is limited, so please register your participation through Eventbrite.

The first phase of Jocson’s participation in PSIAR took place in June 2015 and was generously hosted by Spring Workshop.

Jocson’s research residency and presentation are made possible through support from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

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Photograph taken by Eisa Jocson in Hong Kong, 2015