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.

Photos by Erickson Dela Cruz, Dancers: Ea Torrado, Zyda Baaya, Jane Marco, Ayumi Oquino, Nicolo Magno, Buboy Raquitico, Joemarie Cruz, Jared Luna.

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.

Canton was first developed as a solo work and performed at The Ho Chi Minh International Dance Festival in December 2014. It was later on developed into a full-length ensemble work for the FRINGE Manila Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Blackbox Theatre in February 2015. In Daloy’s USA Performance Tour 2016, Canton was performed in Pennsylvania, Baltimore and North Carolina.

CANTON at School of Design Arts Theatre in College of Saint Benilde, Lively Arts Center in Pennsylvania USA and Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina, USA in 2016.

CANTON as a solo work by Ea Torrado performed at Ho Chi Minh International Dance Festival 2014, Saigon Opera House

CANTON at The Cultural Center of The Philippines in February 2015 for FRINGE MANILA ARTS FESTIVAL. Dancers: Jomelle Era, PJ Rebullida, Delphine Buencamino, Al Garcia, Brian Moreno, Erick Dizon, Jack Del Pilar, Nikka Bola, Jared Luna



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