“Torrado’s choreographic genius is apparent in the appropriate and cheeky characterization of the different body parts and abnormalities through movement… ‘Dysmorphilia’ as a dance suite is a coherent program. Torrado’s imagery is light and playful and, at times, dark and brooding but it was always honest.‘ – Issa Mijares, RunthruMagazine
Dysmorphilia– a love for one’s own deformed body, is coined out of the Greek words ‘Dysmorph’ or ‘misshapen’ and ‘Philia’ or ‘love’. In this digital age where the norm is to represent one’s self through online avatars, Dysmorphilia exposes a hyperbolic and satirical representation of individuals’ own perceptions and imaginations of their bodies. When the media makes a villain out of blemishes on one’s skin, when the press glorifies a certain complexion, when your peers give you a different eye for your oddly placed mole, and when your family demonizes your fats, how do you define yourself?
Dysmorphilia investigates the complex relationship that one has with his own physique, and the lingering desire to be (and look like) something (or someone) else, through moving bodies. What movement language would arise from a different physicality? What would a dance be for a body that is not normal? What is a normal body? What is normal? Onstage, the piece creates a kinetic collage that plays with issues such as body dysmorphic disorder, body shame and guilt, societal definitions of beauty and the psychology of defence mechanisms from the eye of ‘the other’ (family, parents, teachers, peers, media, advertisements, etc.). As dancers embody a plethora of emotions, they paint pictures of social interactions that magnify the everyday condemnation of being ‘different’. Shades of shame, guilt, and the longing for acceptance fill the stage. Thus, twisted images that capture man’s obsession over his perceived misshapen-ess, shall be exhibited.
After defensiveness, denial, anger and frustrations, is hope. A sense of self shall emerge. This sense of self is one, in which the need to defend oneself from the others’ eyes diminishes; one where man does not succumb to the world’s double standards of bodily aesthetics. Life is experienced through the body. Therefore, the body’s experiences give account to how one lives his life. – (Written by Jared Jonathan Luna)
Choreography and Direction by Ea Torrado
Music by Various Artists
Lighting Design by Ninya Bedruz
Dancers: Jared Jonathan Luna, Buboy Raquitico, Brian Moreno, Erick Dizon, Al Bernard Garcia,
PJ Rebullida, Nikka Bola, Zyda Baaya, Delphine Buencamino, Mara Marasigan, Jomelle Era
Performances: Fringe MNL Festival 2015, Imaginarium Multi-Arts Festival 2015, Thong Lor Arts Space Thailand, Low Fat Art Festival, Thailand 2016
Photo credit: Tuchi Imperial