Canton is a non-linear narrative inspired by the lives of young girls and women struggling as survival sex workers in urban poor relocation sites.
The urban sprawl of Manila, Philippines is home to thousands of Filipino families who migrate from the provinces to find work in the congested capital. Many become illegal settlers who are later on moved by the government to relocation sites three to four hours away from work in the city. Removed from their livelihoods, only a lucky few manage to retain their jobs. For the great majority of settlers, many of whom are women, unemployment and crime become their daily fare in the harsh conditions of the site. Driven by hunger, many women and young girls sell their bodies to transient truck drivers for a packet of canton—instant noodles.
More physical theatre than contemporary dance, kinetic collage instead of linear storytelling, Canton portrays what it means to be a woman at the lowest end of the urban food chain, and interrogates what it means to hope when one is desolate and voiceless.
Choreography and Direction by Ea Torrado
Performance by Daloy Dance Company
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: daloydancecompany.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: eatorradoblog.wordpress.com