2015 Host



HOST is a one-woman-entertainment-service-machine.

In the hostess clubs of Tokyo, 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.

The body then begins its transformation into a database of female body representations. And the performance physically explores mimesis and hybridity by colonizing Jocson’s body with a diversity of female dance languages of entertainment.

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.


Concept, Choreography and Dance: Eisa Jocson

Duration: 55 minutes

Dramaturg: Arco Renz

Coach: Rasa Alksnyte

Sound design and composition: Marc Appart

Nihon buyo coach: Nanako Nakajima

Nihon buyo teacher: Oohisui Hanayagi

Shin buyo teacher: Bea Tamura Pascua

Light design: Ansgar Kluge, Eisa Jocson

Producer: Tang Fu Kuen

Songs: Please Let me Call you Sweetheart by Glenda (Tagalog-Version), Kokuhaku by Ken Hirai, Itako-Dejima, excerpts from Beyoncé, Rihanna and Ciara, Nobody Nobody by Wonder Girls.

Residency and co-production: Workspacebrussels, Tanzhaus-nrw

Research and Residency grant: Saison Foundation

Co-production: Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Beursschouwburg

Residency and work in progress showing: TPAM 2015 (Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting), Pianofabriek

photo credits: Andreas Endermann c/o tanzhausnrw

photo credits: Andreas Endermann c/o tanzhausnrw

photo credits: Andreas Endermann c/o tanzhausnrw

photo credits: Andreas Endermann c/o tanzhausnrw


Performance Dates:


Nov 1-2: Host, Bern, Switzerland

Oct 28-29: Host, Bergen, Norway

June 23: Host, Philippine Premiere, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

April 20-21: Host, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, BE

January 23: Host (Austrian premiere), Tanzquartier Vienna, A


December 20: Host, Counterpulse festival in partnership with SF MOMA, San Francisco, USA

November 6-7: Host, LIVEWORKS: Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia

August 20-21-22-23: Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen

August 14-15-16: Tanz Im August, Berlin

August 6-7-8-9: Zurcher Theatre Spektakel, Zurich

Premiere: May 22-23 in Tanzhaus-nrw Dusseldorf

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