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
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