Oct 19, 7pm & Oct 20, 9pm

DJD Dance Centre

ralph escamillan (vancouver)

HINKYPUNK is an unidentified identity – an archetype, a hero, the unreachable. HINKYPUNK is the idolized/idealized version of the self, a distant mirage of the here and now. HINKYPUNK is the most real that real can get. HINKYPUNK is the glamorous façade leading the construction of cultural identity. HINKYPUNK is the faceless face we look for and who shapes what we become.


ABOUT Ralph Escamillan

Ralph Escamillan is a queer, Canadian-Filipinx performance artist/choreographer/teacher and community leader based in Vancouver, BC. His arsenal of performance skills include a variety of street dance styles, ballroom, contemporary, circus, and drag. He graduated after 4 years in Modus Operandi, Vancouver’s contemporary dance training program, in 2015. He’s apprenticed with Kidd Pivot and worked with Vancouver companies: Company 605, Co.Erasga Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Out Innerspace Theatre and is currently on contract with Wen Wei Dance. In the commercial industry, hes worked with choreographers including AJ Aakomon, Luther Brown, Paul Becker and Tucker Barkely, as well as artists Victoria Duffield and Zendaya Coleman, and was a guest dancer for Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” tour in 2015. With his company FAKEKNOT he creates work that strives to understand the complexities of identity using sound, costume and technology. The founder of VanVogueJam, Ralph shares his passion for Vogue/Ballroom culture at his weekly by-donation class and vogue balls, acting as a beacon for the queer dance form in Western Canada.


Choreographer/Performer: Ralph Escamillan
Guest Performers: Rachel Meyers, Kevin Fraser
Apprentice: Ted Littlemore
Contributing interpreters: Sarah Formosa, Cassandra Naud
Sound: Stefan Seslija
Projection/Lighting: Sammy Chien (Chimerik似不像)
Costumes: Sonja Muse
Voice Actor – Kirk Wilson
Corcovado – Shirley Scott | Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
I want to be loved by you – Marilyn Monroe | Written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby
Don’t stop till you get enough – Michale Jackson | Written by Michale Jackson
Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley | Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
I’ve got you under my skin – Frank Sinatra | Written by Cole Porter

This work is supported by:
Co-Producer/Presenters The Dance Centre & Push Festival

Iterations of this work has been performed at SFU Launch 2015, Fluid Fest 2015 (Calgary), in association with Fringe Manila 2016 and International Dance Day at Scotiabank Dance Centre 2016.