Ea Torrado is a Filipina dance artist, and artistic director of Daloy Dance Company, a dance theatre group that advances, produces and tours her creations and workshops. Presenters include WIFI Body Dance Festival, Ballet Philippines’ Neo-Filipino, Contemporary Dance Map, The Lopez Musem, KARNABAL Festival, Imaginarium Multi Arts Festival of the Absurd, Erehwon Arts Center, FRINGE Manila Arts Festival, Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival, Pasinaya Arts Festival, Aliw Theatre- International Dance Day Festival at Aliw Theatre, UP Center for Women and Gender Studies and Paghilom Festival. Internationally she has performed at Ho Chi Minh International Dance Festival, Low Fat Art Fest Thailand, Goyang International Dance Festival, Lively Arts Performing Arts College in Pennsylvania & Cape Fear Community College for the Performing Arts in North Carolina, USA, SensUnique Gallery in Ghent, Belgium for Sorry Not Sorry Festival and participated in Radical Contact, Tanzplatform,Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting, Asia Pacific Improv Festival, M1 Contact Festival in Singapore and Southeast Asia Choreolab in Malaysia. She was also the Philippine delegate of Japan Foundation Manila to Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting 2016 (Yokohama) and Goethe Institute Manila to Tanzplatform 2016 (Frankfurt)
Her work has been supported by The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Japan Foundation and Music Artes. Choreographic and Research Residencies include Pineapple Lab and The Asian Cultural Council Grant.
As a dancer she has performed for Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines and Dance Theatre of Tennesse, Dance Forum, Airdance, Steps Dance Project and Contemporary Dance Network Manila. In 2014, Ea received the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koryograpiya Award and Remedios De Oteyza Choreography Award in 2016.
Ea is Filipina dance artist whose creations manifest in choreographies, film, installation, site-specific work, and improvisational performance. Her pieces reflect on Filipino societal culture, women’s issues and body politics.
Ea seeks to understand impositions of identity by investigating the Body as space, as shell, as suppository of our memories, and investigate the connections between these personal experiences and larger social and political structures in the Philippines.
Her works Dots (2013), Nga-nga (2013), Dysmorphilia (2014) and Pieces of Me (2015), investigate notions of personal confinement and showed non-linear stories where the characters attempt to journey from disempowerment to liberation and/or despair. Filipinas (2014) and Sisa (2014) commissioned works by The Lopez Museum and Library for the exhibit, “Complicated”, Canton (2014) and Silenced (2016), has politically charged themes that explored Filipino identity and feminism.
Wailing Women and Unearthing are a continuation of her investigation of the inner space “loob” and its relationship with indignant narratives that are relevant to the healing of the Filipina.
She is currently in a 6-month Research Residency in New York as an Asian Cultural Council Fellow where she focuses on further exploring a new movement language called Daloy.
Photo Credit: Tuchi Imperial, Dennis Mirabueno, Bien Amoranto, Son Tran, Peter Vanoverbergh