da:ns festival 2021: Manila Zoo
In Manila Zoo, choreographer Eisa Jocson, along with four Filipino performers and German-based musician Charlotte Simon (Les Trucs), hijacks the Disney experience by embodying the intersections and politics of humans and animals, of spectacle, labour and isolation. Rejecting established entertainment routines, they tackle the mental effects of isolation shared by man and beast, expressing a collective desire for change. In Jocson’s version of the zoo, the private and public, real and virtual, happiness and horror intertwine. Humans and animals share the psychosis of isolation.