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, Dramaturg: Arco Renz, Coach: Rasa Alksynte, Sound design and composition: Marc Appart, Shin buyo teacher: Bea Tamura Pascual, Nihon buyo teacher: Oohisui Hanayagi,  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 (Dance for You), Rihanna (Bad Girl) and Ciara (Body Party), Nobody Nobody by Wonder Girls.

Duration: 55 minutes

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:



Feb 17-18-19: Host, Yokohama Dance Collection, Yokohama, JP


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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