About This Artist

Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Originally trained as a visual artist, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010, and started pole ‘tagging’ and other public interventions in Manhattan and various cities.

Since then, Jocson has developed a powerful body of work that takes a fresh perspective on the commodification of the laboring body. CounterPulse, in collaboration with SFMOMA, will be presenting the entire suite of works in one weekend, Death of Pole Dancer, Macho Dancer, and the North American premiere of Host.

 

About This Project

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

In the double billed evening of works on Friday and Saturday, Death of the Pole Dancer interrogates the way we look at what we think we look at. The audience is brought to reflect on what they witness: a woman during the act of pole dancing. The performance renegotiates notions such as voyeurism and restrain, vulnerability and violence, sexuality and power.

Macho Dancer, explores the specific movement vocabulary and physicality of this form that is a unique phenomenon in the Philippines. Macho dancing is an economically-motivated language of seduction that employs masculinity as body capital. By framing a woman’s body in the act, Jocson challenges our perception of sexuality and questions gender as a tool for social mobility.

Join us Sunday for the North American premiere of Jocson’s Host,visiting the hostess clubs of Tokyo, where Filipino female and transgender hostesses engage in ‘affective labour’ by performing a version of femininity that caters to Japanese salary men. These hostesses employ mimetic strategies and hybrid identities to survive and succeed. It is in this role that we first discover Jocson: she is our host, receiving and entertaining the audience as guests. Host invites us to experience and reflect on feminine image formation by displaying forms of entertainment strategies associated with femininity and by exhibiting labor and body politics.

Upcoming Events

Ignite Another 30 Years of Art & Action

Give CounterPulse a Gift Today!
Help us raise $30,000 to celebrate our thirties

Flashback Futures

The CounterPulse Solstice Party
Sat, Dec 19, 5pm-7:30pm PST on Zoom

Skills Bucket

with CounterPulse staff!
Third Wednesdays, September-February, 3:00pm-3:30pm PDT

Music Box Orchestra

Rick Darnell
First and Third Fridays in November & December, 6pm-7pm PDT

Archived Events

Tenderloin Day of the Dead Altar

Jeff Marshall
Altar Dedication on Sat, Oct 31, 3-4pm at The Tenderloin Museum

2020 Deaf Louder Virtual Performance

Antoine Hunter / Urban Jazz Dance Company & Guests
Fri & Sat, Nov 6 & 7, 6pm-7pm PST on Twitch

Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Oct 27, 7pm-8pm (Live 6:45pm)

Blog Roll

  • Glitch Crush

    “Primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se” (At first it’s strange, then it gets into your veins) – Fernando Pessoa I am part of the Human/ID team, a collaboration with StratoFyzika and Ian Heisters that probes how identity is rendered legible (or illegible) through movement and technology.  Tagging onto the notion of digital flaws and their rich potential […]

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  • IDENTITY AND MOVEMENT: MOTION TRANSFER WITH NEURAL NETWORKS

    Deep fake dancing and breaking technology I’ve been talking with the StratoFyzika team about how identity resides in the body for their residency in CounterPulse’s Combustible program. We’re researching surveillance technology, machine learning, and dance for a performance in spring 2020. The research is conceptual as well as practical, and the following comprises my notes in building a first […]

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  • A Platform, A Stage, An Audience

    We are artists. In some ways, we are sacrificial lambs. We bleed publicly. We can be found dancing naked and crying the necessary tear. We do this so they can name what they have sacrificed. To those without words, we give poetry; those without melody, a song. And to him, that guy, that just can’t […]

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  • Behind the Lens with Robbie Sweeny

    I’ve always been a fan of Robbie Sweeny. For years I’ve admired his photographer choreography, his hurried movement and cadence during performances. It takes considerable method and skill to shoot the perfect angle, and to capture the compelling photos that highlight CountrePulse’s Instagram feed. My colleagues and I admire his stylistic editing; together we scroll […]

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