We’ve learned so much in the last few years about what is essential about the work of CounterPulse. We know how to adapt, when to let go, when to hang on, and when we might need to try some third or fourth or even fifth option. Thank you for continuing on this journey with us. We’ve […]
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.
In this blog we’ll keep you updated with photos, video, and sound snippets that accompany the development of our piece CATENA that’s going to be premiered online on January 13th — livestreamed from CounterPulse’s theater in San Francisco. Learn More about CATENA and Dilate Ensemble here RSVP for the Livestream A NOTE FROM DILATE ENSEMBLE […]
Adapted from a blog posted 10/08/20 on Life As A Modern Dancer In 2018, Jo put out a call for a Black change-maker interested in engaging with a Jewish artist about racial justice and prison abolition. Rahsaan responded. In the more than 3 years we’ve been in collaboration, we’ve written 45 letters, sat down together […]
The SEED residency was a blessing of space and time to create. My artistic partner Jakob and I spent as much time as we could at CounterPulse, long hours in the space, not just for creation and play, but to live and be in the space, to be part of the environment that is CounterPulse […]
Amara Tabor-Smith (she/her/we) is a choreographer/performance maker and the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater. On Tuesday September 14th as part of the CounterPulse Festival 2021, we will be hosting Embodied Divination, a movement-based workshop where participants are invited to “contemplate their body as oracle, as compass, and a site for social repair”. Limited […]