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

Galatea: A New Rock Musical

Words by Katie Tandy // Direction by Lauren Rosenfield // Music by Geoff Cotter
Thu-Sun, Feb 21-24, Thu-Sat at 8pm, Sun 2pm matinee

Tenderloin Arts Working Group

CounterPulse
Thu, Feb 28, 5pm-6:30pm

Infinite Poetry at Block Fest

Curry Senior Center
Fri, Mar 1, 3pm-5pm

Archived Events

Love Yourself at Block Fest

Samantha Kuykendall
Fri, Feb 8, 3pm-5pm

UNEARTHED

Titania Kumeh / Sharmi Basu / Semaj Peltier / Silvi Peligras / Catalina Xavlena / Karl Gomez / Chi Chi Castillo/ Kelvin Pittman / Jillian Crochet / Drought Spa / Jesse Austin / Angie Holiday
Sat, Feb 2, 7pm

UNEARTHED stories at Block Fest

Titania Kumeh / Sharmi Basu / Semaj Peltier / Silvi Peligras / Catalina Xavlena / Karl Gomez / Chi Chi Castillo/ Kelvin Pittman / Jillian Crochet / Drought Spa / Jesse Austin / Angie Holiday
Fri, Feb 1, 3-6pm

tiny little get down

tinypistol + little seismic dance company
Fri, Jan 25, 7:30pm-9pm

Blog Roll

  • when you lay your body on mind: Artspan Artist Interview with Brea Weinreb

    Interview conducted by Claire Frost, Artspan Program Manager, on January 28, 2019 Claire Frost: How do you see your work and your practice fitting into CounterPulse’s space + programming? How does this space contextualize (or not) your work? Brea Weinreb: Similar to CounterPulse, community is integral to my work. Every figure painting I’ve ever made has […]

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  • UNEARTHED: Interview with the Artists

    UNEARTHED is a night of video installations and performances by Bay Area emerging artists exploring ancestry and diaspora, trauma and healing, vulnerability and sexuality, and questions about our past and future. Co-curator Claire Staples interviews three of the artists: Titania Kumeh Claire Staples: You have been exploring the bathtub birth story in your performance work for […]

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  • In Spring 2019, CounterPulse threads through time in the twilight between performance and uprising. Our only question is, will you join us?   Spring 2019 Performance Calendar tiny little get down tinypistol + little seismic dance company Jan 25, Fri, 7:30pm-9pm Need to let off a little steam? tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance […]

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  • I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father

    Performing Diaspora 2018 artists Cynthia Ling Lee and Melissa Lewis in conversation. Cynthia Ling Lee: I’m excited to chat about your work today! Tell me a little about the initial inspiration for your work.  Where did it come from? Melissa Lewis: I had this wild and weird dream some time ago. Bruce Lee (or some version […]

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  • Dear Bruce Lee: A Photo Essay

                      I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father by Melissa Lewis (顾眉) runs Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 and 13-15 as part of a double-billed performance with Cynthia Ling Lee. Get tickets to Performing Diaspora 2018 at counterpulse.org/performing-diaspora-2018

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