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.

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