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.
Choreography: Ea Torrado
Performance by Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company
Music by ALiana Gimenez Crus
Costume by Jodinand Aguilon
Lighting Design by Ninya Bedruz
Set Design by Mars Bugaon
HMUA by Ida Ramos
Hair by Leslie Espinosa
Photo Creit: Hilary Ann Pabustan and Erickson Dela Cruz