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INTRODUCTION TO MACHO DANCE - EISA JOCSON

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This workshop is an introduction to the basic techniques of macho dancing. These techniques have been distilled and codified through the research and touring of Macho Dancer. In 2014 a basic macho handbook was created as part of the solo exhibition, PMA: Philippine Macho Academy. From this handbook the workshop structure will go through the following: macho posture and stance, undulations, macho walk, knee swivels, poses and use of the gaze. The physical principles of macho dancing will be explored beginning with the illusion of weight and volume as well as viscosity in time and space.

Participants are required to bring knee pads and boots/rubber shoes.

 

Date: Saturday, 25 February 10am-2pm
Cost: $40 F | $25 DH member

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Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010. Her 3 solos; Death of the Pole Dancer (2011), Macho Dancer (2013) and Host (2015) have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

From pole to macho dancing to hostess work, Eisa investigates the labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry, and exposes identity and gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility. Her new creation Princess and Pre-Happy under the Happyland series is a continuation of her investigation into the performance of happiness and the production of fantasy of Filipino entertainers within the happiness empire.

 

SEE ALSO: Macho Dancer at Arts Centre Melbourne

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.