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Southeast Asia – a geographically compact but culturally dense region – is formed over a century-long experience of colonization, nationalism, military dictatorship, urbanization and neo-liberalisation. This history of epistemological violence has produced a rich offspring of contemporary practices that address the dislocations of place and self. From this edition onward, TPAM will identify artists and works that capture the inheritance of a chequered past and the realities of the complex present. Through the lens of contemporary independent artists, we will experience the multiple iterations and mobility of identity that arise inevitably from the transcultural processes of constructing bodies, gestures and languages.

The triptychal works of Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Melati Suryadarmo (Indonesia / Germany) offer readings into female performativity as their bodies shift from one cultural space into another, creating embodiments and affects that are deep and also unstable. Eisa Jocson moves her professional pole dance practice into an artistic milieu and disavows her own image, then attempts to incarnate as a macho dancer from the subcultural Manila club, and finally grafts her body into a ‘japayuki’ entertainer from the Philippines working in the Japanese salaryman bar. Melati Suryadarmo subjects her body into a regime of repetition in EXERGIE – butter dance and then a durational performance of I LOVE YOU, chronicling her displacement from Indonesia to Germany, and returning to a ritual body where self-possession is re-examined in ‘Borrowed’.

For Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), it was a journey of discovery from central Java to remote Jailolo to encounter the youths of a marine paradise that is also a conflict zone of religious dogmas. Investing time and dialogue into a relationship – both artistic and personal – with his new ‘community’, Eko negotiates many layers of differences to create Cry Jailolo, a work that addresses ethics of ‘collaboration’ between ‘individual’ and the ‘collective’, and what is politically at stake in performance today.

Tang Fu Kuen Direction

Tang Fu Kuen
Independent Dramaturg, Producer and Curator
Tang Fu Kuen is an independent Bangkok-based cultural worker in contemporary performance and visual fields, working in Asia and Europe. He was the sole curator of the Singapore pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He has worked in the Singapore Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, In Transit Festival (Berlin), Bangkok Fringe Festival, Colombo Dance Platform, amongst others.

Eko Supriyanto

Cry JailoloCry Jailolo

Cry Jailolo

Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Hall 2.15 Sun 15:30 • Presenter: ¥1,500 購入リストに追加 Add to Basket • Audience: ¥2,500 (Students: Admission free, Student ID required) ※ Registration / Ticket ※ Free tickets for students are available at Peatix. A contemporary interpretation of traditional dance from Jailolo West Halmahera in the North Maluku, Eastern part of Indonesia. Inspired by “Legu Salai” dance from the Sahu tribe in Jailolo, West Halmahera. It is an expression of hope and optimism that the destruction of the coral reefs in the ocean of Teluk Jailolo will stop, that the fish will return once again to the coral, and that the silence in the ocean and the soul […]

Melati Suryodarmo



BankART Studio NYK, NYK Hall 2.11 Wed 13:00 – 18:00 *Re-entry unlimited • Presenter: Admission free, reservation not required • Audience: ¥500 (At the door only) ※ Registration / Ticket I LOVE YOU is a performance piece that interrogates the melting of the form of a language. The spoken language that represents the background of a human culture, the way of thinking and identity, is a formed structure that we use to communicate with others. I LOVE YOU is provoking the meaning of a language and the bias of its use. I LOVE YOU was created in 2007 and is a durational performance in which the artist moves and carries […]
BORROW + EXERGIE – butter danceBORROW + EXERGIE – butter dance

BORROW + EXERGIE – butter dance

BankART Studio NYK, NYK Hall 2.13 Fri 18:30 • Presenter: Admission free, reservation required 購入リストに追加 Add to Basket • Audience: ¥1,000 ※ Registration / Ticket BORROW consists of fragments that are put together in a performative presentation based on different influences and backgrounds that led her to create Sisyphus, an ongoing research for a choreography piece, which focuses on the body as a container of memories and how the body can remember its movements that appeared when it was under the condition of shamanistic possession. The presentation will include demonstrations of movements and parts of Suryodarmo’s previous works, including EXERGIE – butter dance. Concept: Melati Suryodarmo Dramaturgy: Melati Suryodarmo Music: […]

Eisa Jocson

Death of the Pole DancerDeath of the Pole Dancer

Death of the Pole Dancer

Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Small Studio 2.8 Sun 18:00 2.9 Mon 18:00 • Presenter: ¥1,000 購入リストに追加 Add to Basket 2015年02月08日 18:002015/02/08 18:00 2015年02月09日 18:002015/02/09 18:00 • Audience: ¥2,000 ※ Registration / Ticket Death of the Pole Dancer interrogates the way we look at what we think we look at. The audience is brought to reflect on what they witness: a woman during the act of pole dancing. The performance renegotiates notions such as voyeurism and restraint, vulnerability and violence, sexuality and power. Concept, choreography and performance: Eisa Jocson Coach and dramaturgical advice: Rasa Alksnyte Commissioned by: In Transit 2011 performance art festival, HKW Berlin Supported by: Nadine, Brussels   Eisa Jocson […]
Macho DancerMacho Dancer

Macho Dancer

Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Middle Studio 2.8 Sun 19:30 2.9 Mon 19:30 • Presenter: ¥1,000 購入リストに追加 Add to Basket 2015年02月08日 19:302015/02/08 19:30 2015年02月09日 19:302015/02/09 19:30 • Audience: ¥2,000 ※ Registration / Ticket Macho Dancing is performed by young men in nightclubs for male as well as female clients. Its specific movement vocabulary and physicality seem to be a Philippine phenomenon. It is an economically motivated language of seduction, using notions of masculinity as body capital. Macho Dancer is a solo piece of a woman performing a macho dance. Her becoming a macho dancer challenges our perception of sexuality and questions gender as a tool for social mobility. The performance generates a […]
Work in Progress "Host"Work in Progress "Host"

Work in Progress “Host”

Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC) 3F 2.14 Sat 19:30 • Presenter: Admission free, reservation required 予約リストに追加 Add to Basket • Audience: ¥1,000 ※ Registration / Ticket In the hostess clubs of Tokyo, Filipino female and transgender hostesses engage in “affective labour” by performing a version of femininity that caters to the Japanese context. Diving into the world of these professional latter-day geishas, Host unravels entertainment strategies, labour and body politics. It is a one-woman-entertainment -service-machine. Rituals of hosting, codes of conduct and forms of representation are tested, as the relation between host and guest is re-negotiated. Concept, Choreography and Dance: Eisa Jocson Dramaturg: Arco Renz Coach: Rasa Alksnyte Sound Design: Marc […]

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