Eisa Jocson

b. 1986, Manila, Philippines

Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer, dancer and artist, her practice exposes body politics in the service and entertainment industry as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of the Philippines. She explores how the body moves and what conditions make it move – be it social mobility or movement out of Philippines through migrant work. In all her choreographed creations ranging from pole to macho dancing, from hostess to Disney princess studies, capital is the driving force of movement pushing the indentured body into spatial geographies.

Her work has toured extensively in major performing arts festivals, biennials and institutions worldwide, including Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2020); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul (2020); Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2019); Taipei Arts Festival (2018, 2019, 2020); Bangkok Biennale, Bangkok, Thailand (2018); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2018); International Performance Art Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018); Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, Melbourne (2017); Theatre der Welt, Germany (2014); and Zurich Theater Spektakel, Switzerland (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017). Jocson is the winner of the 2019 HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award.

Jocson currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines.