Paolo de Venecia Gile - Mahal

The Filipino word “Mahal” means “dear” in English, which could be “älskling” in Swedish and “skat” in Danish. Simultaneously, “skat” also means “tax” in English. “Ang mahal!” in exclamation, means “Åh vad dyrt!” in Swedish. 


“Mahal” is a work-in-progress solo performance with macho dancing at its core. After training in contemporary dance techniques in Denmark, Paolo returns to his Philippine roots by delving into the movement vocabulary of macho dancing with the assistance of Youtube videos and field studies at gay bars.


The vocabulary of macho dancing emerged in the Philippines as an effective means to sexualize male-coded bodies - a reappearing spectacle performed for financial exchange. 


For the context of My Wild Flag, Mahal slips into the ongoing social space of HALLEN i Farsta, teasing out negotiations between romance, erotics, nostalgia and home.


Performance date: 12/9 21.30


Performance & Choreography: Paolo de Venecia Gile

Assistant: Stina Ehn Hillberg

Artistic advice: Andreas Haglund

Light design: Jonatan Winbo 

Sound design: Paolo de Venecia Gile

Music: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart; Carola - Främling; Lady Gaga - Shallow; George Bizet - Habanera; Heart - Alone; Sade - Sweetest Taboo; Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams


Special thanks to: Eisa Jocson, Lydia Östberg Diakité, Den Danske Scenekunstskolen, Amalie Bergstein, Camilla Lind, Siren (Søren Job Moseholt), the macho dancers and their publishers on YouTube

Paolo de Venecia Gile (b. 1994, Manila) is a Copenhagen-based dance artist who migrated from the Philippines to Sweden as a young teen. He holds a diploma in dance and choreography from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. He transitioned from nursing to dancing studies in 2014, the same year he was a candidate for Mr Gay Sweden as part of Stockholm Pride. He is currently involved with a project led by Ofelia Jarl Ortega and has performed in works by Frédéric Gies, Eleanor Bauer, Pontus Pettersson and a variety of smaller projects.


PHOTO CREDIT: Paolo de Venecia Gile

Illustrations by Channa Bianca  + Graphic design by Sara Kaaman