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

Circling Sorrows

Ariellah and Darker Still Productions
Thursday - Saturday, December 1-3 at 8PM PT

ArtSpan Artist’s Reception

Sylvie McClelland & Robin Varguez
Thursday, December 1st, 5-7PM PT

Performing Diaspora Residency 2022

Vera Hannush/VERA! & Unsettled/Soiled Group
Thursday - Saturday, December 8-10 & 15-17 at 8PM PT

Archived Events

dark/lessons/rupture

Jess Curtis/Gravity, Silk Worm, & Rupture
Friday - Sunday, November 18-20 at 8PM PT

Block Fest 2022

TenderArts
Friday, November 11th, 2022 at 3PM PT

Blueprint

Marjani Forté-Saunders | 7NMS
Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30PM PT

Quake

Kat Gorospe Cole
Performances Thursday - Friday, October 13-14 at 8PM PT & Workshops Saturday October 15 at 2:30PM and 4:30PM PT

Blog Roll

  • The Settler Body and Its Undoing

    Unsettled/Soiled Group is a group of East, Southeast, and South Asian diasporic movers, makers, and settlers on Ramaytush and Chochenyo Ohlone land. Unsettled/Soiled Group is led by June Yuen Ting, one of CounterPulse’s 2022 ARC Performing Diaspora artists and will debut Dwelling for Unsettling alongside VERA!’s Try, Hye!, Thursday through Saturday, December 8-10 & 15-17, 2022

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  • CounterPulse Presents ARC Performing Diaspora 2022

    Try, Hye! by Vera Hannush/VERA! & Dwelling for Unsettling by Unsettled/Soiled Group December 8-10 & 15-17, 2022 // 8PM PT // 80 Turk St, SF // counterpulse.org/performingdiaspora2022 SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The 2022 CounterPulse Performing Diaspora program presents Try, Hye!by Vera Hannush/VERA! and Dwelling for Unsettlingby Unsettled/Soiled Group. In Try, Hye!, Armenian drag king VERA! […]

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  • O Hye I Didn’t See You There

    VERA! (they/them) is a queer Armenian American drag king, dancer, and community activist. They are one of CounterPulse’s 2022 ARC Performing Diaspora artists and will debut Try, Hye! alongside Unsettled/Soiled Group’s Dwelling for Unsettling, Thursday through Saturday, December 8-10 & 15-17, 2022

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  • Community Workshops for Self Care

    QUAKE is an upcoming solo performance at CounterPulse by Kat Gorospe Cole centered around mental health and ancestral connection. Exploring within what seedkeeper Rowen White calls the “diaspora of disconnect,” Cole looks for the threads that connect her to a maternal history back to the Ilocos region of the Philippines. What has been inherited? What […]

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