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da:ns festival 2017
Macho Dancer and Corponomy
by Eisa Jocson
Synopsis

“As a woman portraying a seductive male dancer, she is hauntingly accurate. Ms Jocson’s androgynous beauty, paired with the control she uses to undulate her torso or to spin forward on a knee, is stunning; even while grinding on the floor, she never forsakes her taut, calculated tension.”– New York Times

“Jocson is transformed by her macho dance. With heavy-boned, thickened limbs, she crunches biceps braided by veins and tilts a meaty shoulder, sleeks her hair and slowly spreads bare thighs with menace, twists and rises as if to a taunt… It is electrifying.” – The Saturday Newspaper

One of Philippines' most provocative dance artists, Eisa Jocson explores gender, politics and power relations as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of her native country. In this doublebill, audiences can experience one of her most iconic works, a transgressive gender-bending performance called Macho Dancer, followed by a performance lecture titled Corponomy, which reflects on Jocson’s conceptual and socially-informed practice.

Macho Dancer is inspired by a seductive dance form performed by young men in Manila nightclubs. In this internationally toured piece, Jocson embodies the exaggeratedly masculine and sexual vocabulary – slow gyrations, body undulations, bicep flexing – set to the tenor of power ballads. Here, she enacts what she calls a “gender loop”, where notions of desire and objectification play out back and forth between gender roles without easy resolution. Her strikingly androgynous dance was featured in electronic musician Peaches’ iconic music video for How Do You Like My Cut? (2016).

Corponomy, a new commission by the da:ns festival, is a performance lecture that reflects on all her works produced from 2009 to 2017, which are concerned with the representations of the dancing body and the production of fantasy in the service industry. Drawn from the artist’s personal archive of research material, they include investigations into the politics of pole dancing (Death of The Pole Dancer, 2011), Filipino hostess culture in Japan (Host, 2015) and Filipino entertainers working in Disneyland (Princess, 2017; Your Highness, 2017).

About the Eisa Jocson:

Born in the Philipines, Eisa Jocson was trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet and pole dancing. Her first public art interventions started when she would climb up and 'tag' public flagpoles. Later, she expanded to investigating the social economics, mobility, and the gendered body in the entertainment industry. Her artistic practice involves embodying personae such as a pole dancer, a macho dancer, a Japanese hostess and a Disney princess. Poised between observing popular culture and subversive power relations, these works confront our perceptions of sexuality, gender formation and seduction politics.

Her solo triptych of Death of the Pole Dancer (2011), Macho Dancer (2013) and Host (2015) were all commissioned and presented extensively in major contemporary dance festivals worldwide. The trilogy has been fully exhibited at LIVEWORKS festival in Sydney (2016) and Counterpulse festival & SF MOMA in San Francisco (2016).  Right after its premiere, Macho Dancer won the prestigious Zürcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgement Prize at the Zurich Theaterspektakel Festival in 2013.

Corponomy is commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for da:ns festival

Advisory 16: Recommended for age 16 years and above. Contains female upper body nudity and mature themes.

Start Sales Date

Internet : 27 July 2017, 9am
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Language

English

Duration

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes 
(with 30 minutes Interval)

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Master percussionist, versatile musician and industry veteran Mohamed Noor has been drumming up Singapore’s music scene for the last 45 years. At 50 years of age, the sought-after musician is adept at over 30 different percussive instruments, and has racked up years of experience performing with international names from David Bowie to Gypsy Kings, Randy Crawford to Toots Thielemans, as well as with local and regional artists including Jeremy Monteiro, Jacky Cheung, Ramli Sarip and Mohamed Raffee.This year, commemorating Esplanade’s 15th anniversary, Noor celebrates his 15-year journey with the arts centre. Join the man of the hour as he performs with his three bands: Tamil pop outfit Vasantham Boys, featuring his brothers Mohamed Rafee and Bashir, with Daniel Sitranen; world music band Tribal Tide, comprising Reggie Perera and Joe Jayaveeran; and world fusion group Men in Groove, with Casey Subramaniam, Leonardo Mendoza and Euntaek Kim. Joining them is his mentor and international percussionist Steve Thornton.Noor will also give sneak previews of several new fusion jazz and carnatic pieces, re-arranged and composed for this concert.About Mohamed NoorGrowing up in a family of musicians paved the way early for Mohamed Noor. At five years old, he was already performing at the Victoria Theatre, playing percussions. Noor grew up learning to play a variety of instruments such as the tabla, drums, mandolin, keyboard, clarinet, Indian carnatic flute, saxophone, among others.He has performed at music festivals all over the world, including the ASEAN Jazz Festival in Malaysia, Big Bang Percussion Festival in London, International Performing Arts Festival in Tokyo, and Esplanade’s Mosaic Music Festival.Noor also had the opportunity to work with international names such as Gypsy Kings, AR Rahman, David Bowie, Eric Marienthal, Randy Crawford, and more, as well as musicians from the region, including Rani Singam, Stephanie Sun, Wang Lee Hom, Ramli Sarip and Jeremy Monteiro.He is a member of three bands, Vasantham Boys, Tribal Tide and Men In Groove, all of whom perform at Esplanade often.
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da:ns festival 2017 Dance Clinic by Choy Ka Fai (R18)
How does the brain synthesise data to generate movement? Can we examine a dancer’s consciousness as they create dance? Can neuroscience and technology fix their problems? These are the questions that homegrown artist Choy Ka Fai explores in this research-based performance Dance Clinic. A da:ns festival co-commission, this new work imagines a future where dance meets technology, where choreography can be hypothesised with artificial intelligence, and where dance clinics improve your act of choreography and eliminate undesirable symptoms of dance.Choy takes on the role of a self-proclaimed Doctor to diagnose and “rehabilitate” two distinctly different dance artists in a series of live consultations, case studies and dance experiments with the assistance from an artificial intelligent dance system Ember Jello. "Patient Z" is Florentina Holzinger, who has been labelled an enfant terrible in Europe for her highly physical and provocative performances in which she flirts with camp and kitsch. While "Patient X" is West Papuan Darlane Litaay who draws from Papuan folk traditions, contemporary dance concepts and the magical phenomena of life.An ironic reference to the world's current obsession with technology as the solution to all our problems, Dance Clinic is at once fascinating, humorous and disturbing!Based in Berlin, homegrown artist Choy Ka Fai’s work crosses disciplines freely, having worked in theatre, dance and visual art. His conceptually rigorous research explores the conditioning of the human body, its intangible memories and the forces shaping its expressions. These factors converge into complex articulations at the intersection of art, design and technology. Co-Commissioned by tanzhaus nrw and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.For tanzhaus nrw this commission is part of MOCCA – Motion Capturing Creative Area, a project by Hochschule Düsseldorf, Fachbereich Medien, LAVAlabs, Velamed GmbH and tanzhaus nrw, supported by EFRE.For Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, this commission is part of da:ns festival.Further support through the Residency Programme by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. About Choy Ka Fai: Based in Berlin, Choy Ka Fai is a Singaporean artist who crosses disciplines freely, having worked in theatre, dance, visual art and new media. His conceptually rigorous research explores the conditioning of the human body, often focusing on the intersection between technology, memory, and movement.Conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 2010, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with MA in Design Interaction a year later. He is currently a resident artist (Factory Artist) at tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (2017 – 2019). His projects have been presented in major festival worldwide, including Sadler’s Wells London (2016), ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna (2015) and Tanz Im August, Berlin (2013 and 2015). Choy's SoftMachine was commissioned in 2015 by Esplanade and successfully travelled to more than 25 festivals around the world.
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“Masilo has achieved something rare with her Swan Lake; it’s an entertainment that is full of heart and art, a poetic experience that seems to cleanse and cure us, at least for a few precious moments after the house lights come up.” – artsfuse.org“…this Swan Queen is barefoot and bald; and as Tchaikovsky’s plaintive violin melody begins, her movements incorporate balletic sweep and the grounded, hip-shaking, stamping notes of African dance.” – The New York Times“Her dance idiom, performed by an excellent cast, feels both natural and expressive – feet pointed and stamped; arms graciously curved; buttocks flourished like tail feathers…” – The Guardian Noisy, humorous, earthy – this is Swan Lake as you have never seen before. The best-known work of South African dancer-choreographer Dada Masilo, Swan Lake overturns the traditional love story and hijacks the codes of classical ballet. Here, African dance styles rub shoulders with ballet and contemporary moves, and both men and women are swans. In between arabesques, there are stomping bare feet, swaying hips and energetic hoots against a score by Tchaikovsky, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt. Masilo herself plays a fiery and kinetic version of Odette.Masilo breathes new life into this classic story with a powerful reflection on prejudice and freedom. Against their wishes, Odette and Siegfried are forced into an arranged marriage. But Siegfried struggles to speak the truth that he longs for the male swan Odile. Trapped within the conventions their society has enforced, the trio search to reconcile their hopeless situation expressed through poetic choreography. An alumnus of the renowned P.A.R.T.S institution in Brussels, Masilo is renowned for her reinterpretations of classics of the Western dance canon, which fuse ballet, contemporary and African dance seamlessly. Her arresting physical vocabulary emerged from the desire to enable dancers of diverse bodies to perform the great stories in dance. Performed with spirited dancing, by turns generously funny and poignant, Swan Lake will invoke laughter and tears.About Dada Masilo: Born in 1985, Masilo grew up in the impoverished township of Soweto, South Africa. In her teenage years, she and her street dance troupe performed at the Dance Factory school in Johannesburg, which subsequently became her training ground. She studied classical and contemporary dance in South Africa, followed by two years in Brussels at the renowned school Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S), where she was one of 30 candidates chosen from 250 applicants. There, Masilo created a solo The Dying Swan as a tribute to her aunt, who had died of AIDS—this starting point would lead her to later create her reimagined Swan Lake.Masilo fuses ballet and contemporary dance with African dance steps to create her unique high-speed style. Working in South Africa late 2006, she began to create full-length works based on her love of great stories from ballet such as Carmen and Romeo & Juliet. Swan Lake was the first ballet she had seen as a child. “Like many young dancers, (Masilo) dreamed of one day dancing in such a Swan Lake, though it became clear to her that, as a dancer, she wasn’t going to attain that position in a classical ballet company.” (artsfuse.org) Today, Masilo’s Swan Lake has toured South Africa and Europe extensively to standing ovations.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2017 Percussion Workshop by Steve Thornton and Md Noor
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For centuries, the ancient Indian epic The Ramayana has captured the imagination of Asia with its universal themes of righteousness, love, loyalty and frailty. One of the most beloved characters in the story is the monkey god Hanuman, who plays a crucial role in Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his wife, Sita, from the 10-headed demon king Ravana.Follow the life and adventures of Hanuman, from the time of his birth, to his meeting with the exiled Prince Rama, and to the heroic battle against Ravana and his forces. Watch the story unfold through dance and music, and bear witness to the birth of The Ramayana when Hanuman encounters its author Maharishi Valmiki.Conceptualised by Apsaras Arts, this cross-cultural production puts together a creative team from around Asia including Era Dance Theatre (Singapore), Kalakshetra Repertory Theatre (India) and Bimo Dance Theatre (Indonesia). It features an arresting juxtaposition of Indian and Southeast Asian depictions of the epic, told through bharatanatyam and Javanese dance and set to a stirring, original score.CreditsArtistic Director: Aravinth KumarasamyDramaturg: Lim How NgeanGuest Artists: VP Dhananjayan, CK Balagopalan, Hari Padman & Lavanya AnanthChoreography: Mohanapriyan Thavarajah, Jayanthi Subrahmaniam, Osman Abdul Hamid & Hari PadmanLead Vocals: Abhishek Raguram & Savita NarasimhanMusic Composer: Dr Rajkumar BharatiMusic Co-Direction and Sound Design: Sai ShravanamLighting Design: Gyan Dev SinghVisual Media Design: Himanshu Gosh
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“There has never been anyone that you can think of who could play like that at Joey Alexander’s age. I love everything about his playing—his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.”– Wynton MarsalisFourteen-year-old Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Joey Alexander presents an evening with his trio, featuring songs from his highly anticipated second album Countdown.Building upon the swing and improvisational style that made his debut My Favourite Things a critical and popular success, Countdown reflects the growth and maturity of Joey Alexander as an artist, and a confident next step toward a limitless future as a jazz bandleader.Bali-born Alexander learnt jazz from his father, and developed at such a remarkable pace that by age eight, he was invited by UNESCO to play solo piano for Herbie Hancock. The following year, he won the grand prize at the Master-Jam Fest in Ukraine and went on to perform at jazz festivals at Jakarta and Copenhagen. At 11, an invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his debut at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Today, the Joey Alexander Trio has performed at well-known venues and major festivals around the world.In association with Greenhorn Productions
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Voices - A Festival of Song
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