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Eisa Jocson 

When: Fri., Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $16-20
Unless you’ve been trawling the bars of Manila, dancer-choreographer Eisa Jocson will probably be your first introduction to the distinctly Filipino regional styles of female and male regional erotic dancing, highlighting the contrasts (pole dancers are vertical and light, “macho dancers” are horizontal and heavy) as well as the power structures that exist between the socially marginalized people who hold power onstage and their audience. Jocson’s gotten particular attention for her study of macho dancing, which is usually performed to ‘80s and ‘90s-era American power ballads (think George Michael or Metallica). Winning over the trust of male dancers at a club near her home, Jocson enlisted them as her teachers, eventually creating sketches that could be used to pass on the lessons she learned from them. MS

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