Independent Filipina choreographer Eisa Jocson creates her first ensemble titled ‘Your Highness’ produced in the Philippines with a limited run for its Philippine premiere at Cultural Center of the Philippines Little Theater, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino on July 27 (8PM, Thursday) and July 28 (3PM, 8PM Friday). ‘Your Highness’ will be performed at several major European performing arts festivals from August to September 2017. With the collaboration of Ballet Philippines 48th Season and Eisa Jocson, ‘Your Highness’ made its way possible for us to watch classically trained dancers masterfully alternate between stylized Disney gestures and standards of ballet classics like Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake- exploring the fine line between portrayals of happiness through ballet history and princess archetypes in a globalized entertainment industry.
Contemporary dancer Eisa Jocson is a visual artist and trained as a ballet dancer. She graduated from Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and also an associate director and senior instructor at Pole Academy Philippines. Eisa Jocson won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila 2010 and began her international dance career with public interventions like “pole-tagging” here and abroad; ‘Stainless Borders: The Deconstruction of Architects of Control’. Pole dancing demands lightness and grace; right gestures, appropriate balance and is a vertical oriented. She was once described by the New York Times as woman with androgynous beauty because of her solo ‘Macho Dancer’ (2013). Two more of her works are ‘Death of the Pole Dancer’ (2011) and ‘Host’ (2015) which toured extensively in major festivals abroad like Asia, Europe, America and Australia.
Continuing Eisa’s investigation into Filipino labour, performance of happiness and production of fantasy within the happiness empire she created ‘Your Highness’ that was started before under ‘HAPPYLAND’ (2017) series, her new creations, ‘Princess’ a duet with Filipino performance artist Russ Ligtas. Five young dancers from Ballet Philippines are under the supervision of Eisa and she said that she is thrilled to see these dancers push their capacities into unknown terrain with incredible virtuosity.
‘And I am looking forward to share this performance born out of an intense and meticulous process of exploring the dancer’s and ballet’s manifold bodies and voices.’ - Eisa Jocson
The work is a production by Ballet Philippines and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany), in co-production with Internationales Sommerfestivals Kampnagel (Germany), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (Switzerland). International artistic team is led by Eisa Jocson (choreographer), Gia Gequinto, Stephanie Cabral, Maila Habagat, Alexis Piel, and Carlo Padoga (Ballet Philippines dancers), Arco Renz & Anna Wagner (dramatugs), Teresa Barrozo (music & sound design), Florian Bach (lighting design), and Dennis Maristany (costume design).
Tickets are sold at Php800.00 through TICKETWORLD or at CCP’s box office. For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632)5511003, the CCP Box Office at (+632)8323704 or Ticketworld at (+632)891-9999.