About This Artist

Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Originally trained as a visual artist, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010, and started pole ‘tagging’ and other public interventions in Manhattan and various cities.

Since then, Jocson has developed a powerful body of work that takes a fresh perspective on the commodification of the laboring body. CounterPulse, in collaboration with SFMOMA, will be presenting the entire suite of works in one weekend, Death of Pole Dancer, Macho Dancer, and the North American premiere of Host.

 

About This Project

From pole dancing to macho dancing, Eisa Jocson investigates the labour and representations of the dancing body in the service industry, and exposes gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

In the double billed evening of works on Friday and Saturday, Death of the Pole Dancer interrogates the way we look at what we think we look at. The audience is brought to reflect on what they witness: a woman during the act of pole dancing. The performance renegotiates notions such as voyeurism and restrain, vulnerability and violence, sexuality and power.

Macho Dancer, explores the specific movement vocabulary and physicality of this form that is a unique phenomenon in the Philippines. Macho dancing is an economically-motivated language of seduction that employs masculinity as body capital. By framing a woman’s body in the act, Jocson challenges our perception of sexuality and questions gender as a tool for social mobility.

Join us Sunday for the North American premiere of Jocson’s Host,visiting the hostess clubs of Tokyo, where 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. 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.

Upcoming Events

Play Streets

Neighborhood event hosted by The Tenderloin Museum, TLCBD, CounterPulse, and more!
Saturdays, September 19-October 10, 10am-4pm

Skills Bucket

with CounterPulse staff!
Third Wednesdays, September-February, 3:00pm-3:30pm PDT

WITH and These Teeth

Rachael Dichter & Dia Dear and Ishan ایشان (Armineh Astanbous & Rachael Sharkland)
Fri & Sun, Oct 2 & 4, Fri at 5pm, Sun at 3pm and 5pm at Golden Gate Park

Matchbox Lab #4: Hybrid Tenders

Ronja Ver <> Kal Spelletich
Tues, Oct 27, 7pm-8pm

Archived Events

Feast of Sekhmet Closing Ritual

Ali Montgomery
Fri, Sept 4, 4pm-5pm on Zoom

BLACKSTAR

tinypistol / maurya kerr
Thu, Aug 27th, 5pm PDT | 7pm CDT | 8pm EDT

#BlackTransLivesMatter Turk and Taylor Street Painting

The Transgender District, Supervisor Matt Haney, Honey Mahogany, CounterPulse and KinFolkz
Sun, Aug 23, 10am-5pm at Turk & Taylor

Patch Connect: Combustible Artists in Residence at CounterPulse

Gray Area & CounterPulse
Thu, July 23, 8pm-9:30pm

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