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Eisa Jockson - HOST

maa 04/05/2015 > zat 09/05/2015

HOST is a one-woman-entertainment-service-machine. 
In the hostess clubs of Tokyo, 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. 
The body then begins its transformation into a database of female body representations. And the performance physically explores mimesis and hybridity by colonizing Jocson’s body with a diversity of female dance languages of entertainment.

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.

Credits:
Concept, Choreography and Dance: Eisa Jocson
Duration: 45-60 minutes 
Dramaturg: Arco Renz 
Coach: Rasa Alksnyte
Sound composer: Marc Appart
Nihon buyo coach and dramaturgical adviser: Nanako Nakajima
Nihon buyo teacher: Oohisui Hanayagi
Shin buyo teacher: Bea Tamura Pascua
Light design: Ansgar Kluge
Producer: Tang Fu Kuen
Residency and co-production: Workspacebrussels, Tanzhaus-nrw
Research and Residency grant: Saison Foundation
Co-production: Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Beursschouwburg
Residency and work in progress showing: TPAM 2015 (Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek