Trained as a visual artist with a background in ballet, Eisa Jocson (b. 1986, Manila) is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. The Manila-born artist examine gender formation, body politics, and social mobility in the service and entertainment industry as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of the Philippines. In all her creations – from pole to macho dancing and hostess to Disney princess studies – the artist creates multilayered images, revisiting the vocabularies of dance and music, as well as infiltrating local popular references and contemporary visual art formats.
As a female artist conceiving stunning and always unexpected art projects from performance to sound and visual installations, Eisa Jocson has a unique position in the contemporary art scenes in Asia and globally. Jocson has been commissioned by and toured extensively in major contemporary festival with her solo triptych: Death of the Pole Dancer (2011), Macho Dancer (2013) and Host (2015). Jocson is winner of the recent Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2019 exhibited at Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai; commissioned by Sharjah Biennale 2019; recipient of the 2018 Cultural Centre of the Philippines 13 Artists Award; elected as one of the outstanding contemporary productions for the 2018 edition of Tanzplattform, Germany and clinched the Zurcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgement Prize at the Zurich Theater Spektakel in 2013.