Eisa Jocson (Manila)

entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00


02.11. 18:00 – 19:30

03.11. 18:00 – 19:30

Admission from 5.30 pm

In English

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

In Disney’s Empire of Happiness, Philippine entertainers play a special role. They are considered energetic happiness machines whose mission in the theme parks and shows of the big company is to perform animals formed in accordance with US values and ways of life. In MANILA ZOO, choreographer Eisa Jocson explores the interface of humans and animals, of spectacle, work and isolation, in co-operation with an international team. At what moment does Disney‘s Empire of Happiness turn into a zoo? The COVID-19 pandemic has made this question even more relevant and has radically turned the work of MANILA ZOO upside down. Who can move freely, who can even cross borders? Who is forced to stay put, even in a limited space? MANILA ZOO investigates the political contexts which are inscribed in the performance space, the virtual space, the Disney Empire, the zoo and in private rooms. In Eisa Jocson‘s choreography, the private and the public, the real and the virtual, happiness and horror pervade each other. Humans and animals share the psychosis in the isolation.


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Artistic direction | Choreography | Performance Eisa Jocson Musical direction Charlotte Simon In collaboration with Bunny Cadag | Cathrine Go | Russ Ligtas | Joshua Serafin Creative Presence Arco Renz Dramaturgy Anna Wagner Light design Jan Maertens Live Stream Video Design Yap Seok Hui | ARTFACTORY Choreographic Consulting | Movement Coach Rasa Alksynte Technical direction Yap Seok Hui | ARTFACTORY Live Stream | Video technique Stev.e Kwak | ARTFACTORY Sound | Video Engineer Fernando Castro I public noise Production Management | Coordination | Distribution Anne Kleiner Künstlerische Production Management Frankfurt | Touring Andreas Jahncke Production Management Manila Perky Parong

The Philippine choreographer and dancer Eisa Jocson was educated in visual arts and in ballet. Her solo performance series DEATH OF THE POLE DANCER (2011), MACHO DANCER (2013) and HOST (2015) was shown at many international festivals and won awards. Her latest series HAPPYLAND consists of the performances PRINCESS, YOUR HIGHNESS and MANILA ZOO. Eisa Jocson debunks the body policy in the service and entertainment industry from the unique socio-economic point of view of Philippines. She investigates how the body moves and under which conditions it moves – whether this be the social mobility or emigration from the Philippines as a result of migrant work. In all her creations, capital is the driving force of movement which presses the obligated body into spatial geographies. In 2019, she won the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award.

A production by Eisa Jocson and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany) in the framework of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. In co-production with BIT Teatergarasjen (Norway) | Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (Singapore) | Kaserne Basel (Switzerland) | RISING Melbourne (Australia) | Tanzquartier Wien (Austria) | Taipei Performing Arts Center (Taiwan) | TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (Japan). In cooperation with Gallus Theater Frankfurt am Main. Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe Institute. Tanzplattform Rhein-Main is a project of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Hessisches Staatsballett. It is made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and is supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Foundation Alliance [Aventis Foundation, BHF-Bank-Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner-Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft, Hans Erich und Marie Elfriede Dotter-Stiftung].