As a performance artist, Toni utilizes the body as a vessel to explore time:space, her genealogical lineage, Philippine (American) culture, indigeneity, and decolonization. In these realms, she activates the performance stage as a space for the Unconditional to emerge, generating liberation of societal conditions. Toni’s latest work works with a satirical tone in re-mixing the mestiza social portrayal of the Filipina Maria Clara, generating laughter as a method of endurance, transformation, and release. Through this current work, Toni’s process involves critical and meditative work through Philippine folk dance, challenging commercial beauty standards and intellectual non-expectations of Philippine womyn, and empowering the indigeneity of her genealogy.
TE WĀ event (2016)
Countering voyeurism, patriarchy, and power dynamics in the Pacific– within the space of a tourist postcard gallery at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa.
CHANGING TIDES (2015)
This piece was created as a response to the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), its secretive manner of negotiations, and its exclusion of Pacific islands. I investigate the operations of globalization through power and control dynamics between space, people, and objects.
Concept and choreography: Toni Pasion
Advice and development: Moana Nepia, Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho
Soundtrack editing: Moana Nepia
University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa Art Gallery
Activating kinship between the desert and ocean. This piece was originally performed in Riverside, California during Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside symposium and was dedicated to Mauna Kea and opposition to the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope).