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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

Dance Performane -- Ea Torrado at 'Rebellion' Exhibit Jinggoy Buensuceso
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Dance Performane -- Ea Torrado at 'Rebellion' Exhibit Jinggoy Buensuceso

Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea Torrado is the founder and artistic director of Manila-based dance theatre group, Daloy Dance Company. She is a contemporary Filipina artist whose creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. She was awarded the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). --------------- -------------------- Hi loves, I'm Ea, I teach dance meditation, do tarot and reiki and is a meditation and mindfulness coach. I share life and wellbeing advice and tips. Join my Group Class, Live Q&A, and Tarot and Energy Reading, --Our Live and Interactive online community: https://www.patreon.com/EaTorrado_EnergyHealing?fan_landing=true Private Sessions: https://daloydancecompany.wixsite.com/eatorrado/coaching Collaboration: goddesscominghome@gmail.com Say hi on my socials: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatorrado/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EaTorrado Twitter: https://twitter.com/EaTorrado Join my monthly LIVE sessions on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/EaTorrado_EnergyHealing?fan_landing=true _______________________________ Ea Torrado performs at the Opening Night of Rebellion, a solo exhibit by Jinggoy Buensuceso at Galleria Duemila. Curated by Leeroy New. Thank you JK Anicoche and Leeroy New. Video by Brandon Relucio Music by Explosions in the Sky - 'First Breath After Coma'
Moments of Movement #31 - Ea Torrado Feat. Alister Johnson - Teasing & Nina Simone - To Be Free
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Moments of Movement #31 - Ea Torrado Feat. Alister Johnson - Teasing & Nina Simone - To Be Free

From the #MomentsofMovement Series Artist/Dancer: Ea Torrado Captured by: valino Produced by: Chino Neri & Mika Fabella (Prodigy Ace) Filmmed at: Nova Gallery Manila Dressed Designed by: Stephanie Gancayco (Hella Pinay) On Screen Assistant to Ea: RV Mendoza Music By: Alister Johnson "Teaser" & Nina Simone "I Want To Be Free" Please Subscribe to the "Moments of Movement" Patreon to get more involved and for more exclusive content here: https://www.patreon.com/momentsofmovement Please donate to Moments of Movement here: https://www.paypal.me/momentsofmovement Thank you for your support Follow Ea Torrado here: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/eatorrado/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/ea.torrado website: https://eatorradoblog.wordpress.com/ Follow Alister Johnson here: Insta: https://twitter.com/alister_johnson?lang=en FB: https://www.facebook.com/alisterjohnson/ twitter: https://twitter.com/alister_johnson?lang=en Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/alisterjohnson Bandcamp: https://alisterjohnson.bandcamp.com/ website: http://www.alisterjohnsonmusic.com/ Follow Chino here: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/lachinoheat/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/germanneriIII website: https://www.prodigyace.com Follow Stephanie Gancayco (Hella Pinay) here: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/hella_pinay/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/hellapinaydotcom/ Follow Nova Gallery here: FB: https://www.facebook.com/NOVAGALLERY/ Insta: https://www.instagram.com/novagallerymanila/ follow Valino here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MarkValino FB: https://www.facebook.com/thevalino Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thevalino www.MarkValino.com
Ea Torrado - Featured Choreographer on  Cignal TV's "CREATE" Part 3
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Ea Torrado - Featured Choreographer on Cignal TV's "CREATE" Part 3

Daloy Dance Co's Artistic Director and Founder Ea Torrado was the featured artist on Cignal TV’s ‘CREATE’ last April 24, 2018. ‘CREATE’ is hosted by Daphne Osena Paez where she showcases local Filipino artists, their creative process, craft and what motivates their masterpieces, even their personal life, struggles and achievements. Thank you Maritoni Tordesillas and Danspace Ballet School for the venue support. ______________________________ Daloy Dance Company is a Manila-based group that realises contemporary choreographer Ea Torrado’s works by interweaving dance, theatre and improvisation. Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017, and cited as one of Philippines’ TOP CREATIVES in 2016 by Preview Magazine, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad. Daloy is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies by Ea Torrado and her collaborators. ________________ About Ea Torrado Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea Torrado’s creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. Among her awards are Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and The Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). International Agent: www.kmpartists.com contact: daloydancecompany@gmail.com or FB: Daloy Dance Company, Instagram: @daloydanceco
Ea Torrado - Featured Choreographer on  Cignal TV's "CREATE" Part 2
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Ea Torrado - Featured Choreographer on Cignal TV's "CREATE" Part 2

Daloy Dance Co's Artistic Director and Founder Ea Torrado was the featured artist on Cignal TV’s ‘CREATE’ last April 24, 2018. ‘CREATE’ is hosted by Daphne Osena Paez where she showcases local Filipino artists, their creative process, craft and what motivates their masterpieces, even their personal life, struggles and achievements. Thank you Maritoni Tordesillas and Danspace Ballet School for the venue support. ______________________________ Daloy Dance Company is a Manila-based group that realises contemporary choreographer Ea Torrado’s works by interweaving dance, theatre and improvisation. Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017, and cited as one of Philippines’ TOP CREATIVES in 2016 by Preview Magazine, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad. Daloy is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies by Ea Torrado and her collaborators. ________________ About Ea Torrado Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea Torrado’s creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. Among her awards are Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and The Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). International Agent: www.kmpartists.com contact: daloydancecompany@gmail.com or FB: Daloy Dance Company, Instagram: @daloydanceco
Ea Torrado - Featured Choreographer on  Cignal TV's "CREATE" Part 1
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Ea Torrado - Featured Choreographer on Cignal TV's "CREATE" Part 1

Daloy Dance Co's Artistic Director and Founder Ea Torrado was the featured artist on Cignal TV’s ‘CREATE’ last April 24, 2018. ‘CREATE’ is hosted by Daphne Osena Paez where she showcases local Filipino artists, their creative process, craft and what motivates their masterpieces, even their personal life, struggles and achievements. Thank you Maritoni Tordesillas and Danspace Ballet School for the venue support. ______________________________ Daloy Dance Company is a Manila-based group that realises contemporary choreographer Ea Torrado’s works by interweaving dance, theatre and improvisation. Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017, and cited as one of Philippines’ TOP CREATIVES in 2016 by Preview Magazine, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad. Daloy is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies by Ea Torrado and her collaborators. ________________ About Ea Torrado Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea Torrado’s creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. Among her awards are Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and The Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). International Agent: www.kmpartists.com contact: daloydancecompany@gmail.com or FB: Daloy Dance Company, Instagram: @daloydanceco
Unearthing by Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company
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Unearthing by Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company

Video by Brandon Relucio Unearthing by Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company explores the profound entanglements of the carnal and the spiritual. An experiment in transcendence from the physical to more vulnerable states of inner being (loób), the three-person piece uses movement as a form of attunement to a deeper inward contact.  Inspired by Somatics, trance improvisation, and contemporary practices of Babaylan philosophy, Daloy dance artists Buboy Raquitico, Zyda Baaya, and Jomari Cruz transcend conventional dance-making and performance through chanting and intuitive movement. Chant artist and singer Anjeline de Dios, percussionist and Kulintang-player Tusa Montes and award-winning lights designer Katsch Catoy envelop the piece in a powerful and uninhibited setting.  In expanding the inner space of loób, the three bodies reanimate the consciousness-shifting modality of the Babaylan—the pre-colonial shamanic priestesses of the Philippine islands. Unearthing transforms performance into community ritual, foregrounding the social being as a sacred being. Unearthing premiered at the 2015 Karnabal Festival: Social and Performance Innovations. Wanggo Gallaga of the Manila Bulletin writes that the piece showcases Daloy's distinct orientation “away from the conventional idea of what contemporary dancing is expected to be. Unafraid to explore awkward shapes or deal with simplistic narratives, the Daloy Dance Company presses forward in their offering of a very different kind of contemporary dance show for the Filipino audience.”  ___________________________ Daloy Dance Company is a Manila-based group that realises contemporary choreographer Ea Torrado’s works by interweaving dance, theatre and improvisation. Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017, and cited as one of Philippines’ TOP CREATIVES in 2016 by Preview Magazine, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad. Daloy is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies by Ea Torrado and her collaborators. Read more about Daloy here: www.daloydc.com ________________________________ About Ea Torrado Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea Torrado’s creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. Among her awards are Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and The Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). Read more about Ea here: www.eatorradoblog.wordpress.com

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