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UP Vargas Museum opens ‘Philippine Macho Academy’ exhibit on Feb. 17

vargas_pma exhibitThe Vargas Museum presents the exhibition of the work of Eisa Jocson, an artist in the field of performance, titled Philippine Macho Academy. The exhibit will open on February 17, Monday, 4 pm. Jocson will also have a performance on the opening.

Philippine Macho Academy runs until March 8, 2014.

Her research on the practice of macho dancing, or dancing by male performers in a gay bar, had culminated in a performance piece titled “Macho Dancer.” It premiered in Brussels in 2013 and is currently touring in performing arts festivals and spaces in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Jocson elaborates on this project in the exhibition “Philippine Macho Academy,” a fictive structure or institution that serves as a classroom where the principles of macho dancing in the Philippines are fleshed out and conveyed. Every Friday at 6pm, there will be a free macho dancing class session. This exhibition is a documentation of Jocson’s research and an articulation of the macho dance movement vocabulary. It comprises artifacts, texts, drawings, video, installation, and performance. It is a course on the physical principles of macho dancing based on a syllabus designed through a woman artist’s macho dance practice.

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, and started pole ‘tagging’ and other public interventions in Manhattan and various cities.

Jocson had residencies in Belgium at FoAM, STUK, Nadine, Workspacebrussels, Wpzimmers. She also had works commisioned by In Transit Festival 2011 in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and performed in 4 European summer festivals: Impulstanz (Vienna), Nooderzon (Groningen), Tanz im August (Berlin), Theater Spektakel (Zurich). From pole to macho dancing, Eisa investigates the labor and representations of the dancing body in the service industry, and exposes gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

Press release from UP Vargas Museum.

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center is located at Roxas Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City. Museum hours are 9 am – 6 pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission fees are Php 20 for UP students, alumni, faculty and employees and Php 30 for non-UP. Entrance is free every Wednesday for UP students, alumni, faculty and employees. For more information, contact Vargas Museum at (02) 928-1927 (direct line), (02) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (02) 928-1925 (fax) or vargasmuseum@gmail.com (email).

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