Macho Dancer – Eisa Jocson
When a man dances, he must be sturdy. When a woman dances, she must be sexy. Dance says everything in our way of looking at the sexes.
The « Macho dancing » is performed by young men in for male and or female clients, in the Philippines’s nightclubs. It’s a unique phenomenon in the Philippines since the 70s; An economically-motivated language of seduction that employs masculinity as body capital. On the surface, it looks to a male stripper dance, but more deeply these dancers speak to the nations about their masculinity, sex and gender and how sex and stereotypes intersect with the dance world. It’s very different from a strip dancing you could see in the US or Thailand because every Macho dancer uses its own movement vocabulary. When a ballet dancer deal with the illusion of grace, lightness, weightlessness, the Macho dancer deals with his muscular tension, volume tenacity of the body, illusion of volume and weight. The first generation of macho dancers is born in the 70’ and mid 80’. At that time, the poverty and the lack of education, the liberalism and feminization of labor, the importance of gender stereotype propagated by popular media in Philippine have facilitated the invention and evolution of the dance in the country.