My name is Ralph Escamillan--a Canadian born, Queer, Filipino/a/x diasporic creator based in Vancouver, BC. The work I create questions my fascination with identity, traditions, clothing and the influence of pop culture in a globalising society. My experience in a multitude of rooms--as a dancer, choreographer and community leader--has lent me the opportunity to see the discrepancy of privilege in society, and hope to shift this narrative through my work. I believe the body is powerful and important in communicating these ideas, and we should support the body's autonomy/agency, political values, and ancestral legacy. My goals now are to create more spaces to foster artists like myself, to speak about stories that can connect to people like myself, so that I am not speaking by myself anymore.