EA Torrado Biography
Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea creates visceral and evocative works that have been presented in numerous sites and stages in Manila and abroad. Rigorously trained in classical ballet from a young age, Ea has essayed principal and soloist roles in traditional and contemporary full-length dances, and toured extensively in the Philippines and USA, Russia, Scotland, Japan and Cambodia with Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Dance Theatre of Tennessee.
She was awarded the prestigious Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2016). She is also a member of World Dance Alliance- Philippines and (ICONS) International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography. In 2015, she was one of the formidable judges for the Association of Ballet Academies of the Philippines Competition.
She is the founder and artistic director of Manila-based dance theatre group, Daloy Dance Company, where she refines her choreographic style by fusing powerful elements of dance, theatre and improvisation. 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.
With Daloy, she has presented Walang Hiya Festival, Sayaw Galaw, Ugnayan Community Program and Tanghal at Talakay, all projects that tapped diverse Filipino communities by utilizing dance as a tool for personal and social change.
As a teacher, among the notable dance schools where she worked as faculty member are The School of Ballet Manila, Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School, Asian American Academy of Performing Arts, METTA Theatre of the Assumption, Tanghalang Pilipino Summer Outreach Program, University of the Philippines Dance Company, International School Manila, De La Salle University and Company of Ateneo Dancers. Internationally, she conducted workshops in Sweden, Malaysia and USA (Nashville, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Connecticut).
Currently, Ea is in New York under the Asian Cultural Council Grant and have presented a solo performance, Wailing Women at Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and Colombia Journalism School in Columbia University.
Special Classes and Schedule
March 16, Friday 7:00 - 9:00 pm
April 7, Saturday 5:00 - 7:00 pm
This class engages in dynamic floor work, release swings, spirals, leaps and turns in varying
rhythms that develop technical proficiency and artistic expression. Ease, efficiency, and mindfulness are
prioritised so students can experience fluidity as they dance in challenging and stylized combinations.
April 14, Saturday 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Daloy is a sustained practice of improvisation where exercises serve to coordinate thoughts with
breath and movement. It improves a dancer’s mind-body connection, builds endurance for freestyle
and enables students to feel more grounded and centered in their bodies. It helps dancers access
new movement pathways and patterns that increase their range and dance vocabulary.
April 21, Saturday 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Contact dance is a partnering-based class that uses the physics of touch, balance, weight, momentum,
flow and resistance. It improves presence, quality attention and partnering skills-- abilities that are
useful in rehearsals and stage performance.
Walk in:: Php600
Class cards applicable