Brown Madonna

Brown Madonna is a devised dance theatre piece that mixes movement, speech, camp and revelations around growing up Filipina, Catholic and not ‘liberated’.

Excavating her body’s dance history and paralleling her re-incarnations as a performing artist with the pop icon Madonna’s songs and interviews, dance artist Ea Torrado re-marries the stage, dancing and herself.

“I don’t want to be a significant other. I want to be a significant me.” – Ea Torrado

Building the performance up from the artists diaries, associated research and interviews, Brown Madonna explores creating an existential panorama through a personhood complicated by beauty standards, religion, ambition and growing up in a culture that equates a woman’s worthiness by being a significant ‘other’. It is a devised dance theatre piece that investigates the complexity and elusiveness of identity as it intersects notions of marriage, loneliness and societal pressures around being ‘significant’.

Brown Madonna is part of the 1SA Solo Arts Platform, a festival featuring both local and international solo artists, that gives access to solo works that enable artists to convey the realities they are confronting through their chosen medium of artistic expression. With the help of The Japan Foundation and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), we strive to increase visibility for these artists, new genres, and evolving traditions in contemporary arts.

Concept, Direction and Performance by Ea Torrado

October 26, 2018 | 8PM | Power Mac Center Spotlight

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Costumes by Jodinand Aguillon

Music Editing by Aliana Jimenez

Lighting Design by Ninya Bedruz

Set Design by Mars Bugaoan

Produced by Fringe Creatives, Pineapple Lab and Daloy Dance Company and 1SA Festival

Production set up by Jovin Lazaro and Jomari Cruz

Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

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