Manila Zoo

Eisa Jocson
' “This show is far more intimate and confrontational precisely because of Zoom”- The Straits Times '

Flipino entertainers are given a special role in Disney's ‘Empire of Happiness’. They are seen as energetic happiness machines who tirelessly bring to life the mascots to entertain people. In Manila Zoo, choreographer Eisa Jocson is hijacking the Disney experience, with four Filipino performers and the German electronic music composer Charlotte Simon (Les Trucs). Together they uncover the similarities between humans and animals, and showmanship, labour and loneliness. Where is the line between the Disney universe and an actual zoo that locks away creatures to be gawked at for ‘educational’ purposes? Manila Zoo is a unique performance about forced isolation, false connections, consumerism and the judging gaze of the viewer. Purposely designed to be shown onscreen to a live audience that gathers in the theatre.

In many countries Eisa Jocson is recognised as one of the most charismatic choreographers of her generation. Her shows investigate the different ways in which Filipino workers are abused. She invariably seeks out the bright side of her serious subject matter, uncovering stereotypical notions of Filipinos and Southeast Asian communities in general.

"I’ve been following Eisa’s work for years. Each new performance reinforces this maker’s excellence and her keen political insight into the position of the Philippines as a nation in a global word. This latest production also shows how Eisa is carefully building a great group of associate performers around her practice. Finally, Manila Zoo is one of the strongest and most thoughtful examples of how to stay connected with audiences when long-distance touring is not possible." - Grzegorz Reske, artistic director SPRING

Podcast Manila Zoo (English)

Artistic Direction, Choreographer, Performer: Eisa Jocson
Musical Director: Charlotte Simon
In collaboration with: Bunny Cadag, Cathrine Go, Russ Ligtas, Joshua Serafin
Creative Presence: Arco Renz
Dramaturg: Anna Wagner
Light Design: Jan Maertens
Production Management, Coordination & Distribution: Katja Armknecht
Artistic Production and Touring: Andreas Jahnke
Technical Manager: Yap Seok Hui | ARTFACTORY
A production by: Eisa Jocson and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany) as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main
Coproduced with: BIT Teatergarasjen (Norway), Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore), Kaserne Basel (Switzerland), RISING Melbourne (Australia), Tanzquartier Vienna (Austria), Taipei Performing Arts Center (Taiwan).
Funded by: the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses, International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe-Institut.
Supported by: the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
A cooperation between: the Hessisches Staatsballett and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, enabled by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and supported by the Department of Culture and Science of the City of Frankfurt/Main, the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art and the Alliance of Foundations (Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Foundation, Crespo Foundation, Dotter Foundation, Dr. Marschner Foundation, Foundation Polytechnic Society Frankfurt am Main).


21/05/2022 18:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list


€17,- / €14,-*


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Blauwe zaal


SPRING 2022 


Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English


Please note: age 16+, the performance contains fake pornography

*online prices, €2,- addition at the Box Office

The performance hall is open from 5.30 PM. The performance will start at 6 PM


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