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EA TORRADO

Founder

Ea is one of the artists at Tatler Philippine's March 2021 Issue 'The Ones to Know' in PH Arts and Culture

Ea Torrado’s art and healing practices cannot be separated, they are intertwined in such a way that they are one and the same. She explores the human body as a vessel to access inner truth and a higher, more conscious version of the self through Daloy Movement, an embodied and evolving, free-form embodiment practice that attempts to get the body in a state of ‘flow’. 

 

She was awarded the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), the Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017) for her works with Daloy. The company has also been nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company (2017), Best Classical Dance Company (2018), and Most Outstanding Contemporary Dance Group (2019) by Philippine LEAF Awards. Internationally she has performed at Ho Chi Minh International Dance Festival, Low Fat Art Fest Thailand, Goyang International Dance Festival, Lively Arts Performing Arts College in Pennsylvania & Cape Fear Community College for the Performing Arts in North Carolina, USA, SensUnique Gallery in Ghent, Belgium for Sorry Not Sorry Festival and participated in Radical Contact, Tanzplatform,Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting, Asia Pacific Improv Festival and Southeast Asia Choreolab. Her work has been supported by The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Meeting, Asia Pacific Improv Festival and Southeast Asia Choreolab, The National Commision for Culture and the Arts, Japan Foundation, Pineapple Lab, CCP’s Neo Filipino, WIFI Body Festival, Steps Dance Project, Contemporary Dance Network Manila and Searchmindscape Foundation.

 

Her creations manifest in performance rituals, immersive theatre and movement gatherings, site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. Her works Dots (2013), Nga-nga (2013), Dysmorphilia (2014) and Pieces of Me (2015), investigate notions of personal confinement and showed non-linear stories where the characters attempt to journey from disempowerment to liberation and/or despair. Filipinas (2014) and Sisa (2014) commissioned works by The Lopez Museum and Library for the exhibit, “Complicated”, Canton (2014) and Silenced (2016), has politically charged themes that explored Filipino identity and feminism. Wailing Women (2017) is a continuation of her investigation of the inner space “loob”and its relationship with indignant narratives that are relevant to the healing of the Filipina. Her latter works---Encounters (2019) developed around the goddess sculptures of noted visual artist, Agnes Arellano, presented at UP Vargas Museum and UP-CAL Grounds; Howl (2018) in Neo-Filipino at The Cultural Center of the Philippines; Brown Madonna (2018) under 1SA Solo Arts Platform, Fringe Manila and The Japan Arts Foundation, Moonlight (2019) with P-Noise X Nordlys Arts Festival and Unearthing (2019) under The Manila International Performing Arts Market and Asian Gems in The Arts, both lyrically and viscerally with the politics of sexuality, collective rage, spirituality and the Sacred Feminine.

 

With Daloy, she has also presented Walang Hiya Festival, Sayaw Galaw, Ugnayan Community Program and Tanghal at Talakay, all projects that tapped diverse Filipino communities by utilizing dance as a tool for personal and social change. In 2020, Ea continued to produce online platforms for exchange and networking, and dance and well-being, such as At Home with Daloy and Ugnayan, and a short collaborative film with filmmaker Chino Neri and sound designer and composer, Neil Belen entitled ‘Tethering’. 

She started producing and directing her own dance films in 2012; The Gray Area, a solo for Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., Wallflower with dancer Jan Parangat a film tribute to World Anti-Suicide Day, and Embracing (Im not Scared) with dance artist Clarissa Mijares. She also directed and performed Sisa, a dance film commissioned by The Lopez Museum and Library for the exhibit “Complicated” in 2014. And In 2017, UP Center for Women and Gender Studies asked her to make a film, co-directed with Brandon Relucio, it was called Silenced. She co-created a short film with Chino Neri and sound designer Neil Belen entitled Tethering during the 2020 lockdown in La Union.

Currently, she is co-directing Bari-bari, a collection of 9 short dance films that combine interviews, folk and ethnic dances in Ilocos Region (and contemporary interpretation of these dances), while donning visual artist, Leeroy New’s costumes made out of recycled plastic bottles. Advocating for environmental sustainability and regeneration, the premiere of this work is on the Environmental Dances website by Company Christoph Winkler (November 2021), and Fifth Wall Fest international dance film festival (October 2021). Bari-bari is receiving funding support from Goethe Instut Manila.

Reviews:

“Torrado’s forays into contemporary dance have led her to choreographic collaborations and experiments with dancers, theater and visual artists, and she has emerged as one of the most promising contemporary Filipino dance-makers”- Rina Corpus, Curator Magazine

“Torrado’s choreographic genius is apparent in the appropriate and cheeky characterization of the different body parts through movement… Her imagery is light and playful and, at times, dark and brooding but it was always honest”- Issa Mijares, Runthru Magazine

“Ea Torrado’s ‘Touch’ was among my favorites. The dance was almost an aphrodisiac in an enchanting sort-of-way.” - Chantal primero, Runthru Magazine

“Ea is a thinking dancer, injecting her works with thought-provoking insights and layered stories. “- R. Angela Corpus, Rappler

Photo Credits: Tuchi Imperial, Kitty Bunag and Erickson Dela Cruz and Chino Neri