Fake Knot (Ralph Escamillan)

Vancouver-based Artist in Residence

Ralph Escamillan

Ralph Escamillan is a queer, Canadian-Filipinx performance artist, choreographer and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. His work questions notions of identity, tradition and clothing, and the influence of pop culture in a globalising world.

As the artistic director of FakeKnot, he develops inclusive and collaborative performance works that have been presented both nationally and internationally. Having ancestral roots in the Philippines, he’s fascinated by inquiries into what it means to be North American, especially within the context of cultural traditions, dance, music and costume in an increasingly interconnected global community. The exploration of how culture is created through the accumulation of ideas and concepts is at the center of his work. He has found the body to be a powerful vessel through which these ideas can be investigated—incorporating music, costume and new media design.

Ralph started his training in street dance styles, and is a graduate of Modus Operandi—a Vancouver-based Contemporary Dance program. He has had the pleasure of working and touring with Company 605, Co. Erasga Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro and Out Innerspace Theatre, and apprenticed with Kidd Pivot. He is currently on contract with Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance and was a guest dancer for Ballet BC.

His latest full length work, ‘whip’ is slated to premiere at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in the fall of 2021. He’s also in the process of developing a new work called ‘Piña,’ that draws inspiration from the traditional Philippine textile it is named after and the cultural significance surrounding it.