PrincessOrganised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Eisa Jocson (Philippines)
The Disney empire created its own brand of happiness with smiling and waving princesses in theme parks across the globe, and Snow White represents the essence of the "Happy Girl". Choreographer Eisa Jocson, who lives in Manila, observes this apparently universal performance of happiness from a particular perspective: Disneyland Hong Kong is a significant employer of Filipino dancers in the region, but because of the colour of their skin they are only cast in nameless subsidiary roles. Princess transposes the Filipino body from the supporting position in the margins to the main role at the centre, overwriting the entertainment system's pre-programmed narratives and creating a playing field of identities.