jemuel is a third year Ph.D. student in Critical Dance Studies at the Department of Dance, University of California, Riverside (UCR). He recently completed the requirements for a Designated Emphasis in
Southeast Asian Studies (2019) as a specialization in the same university. Prior to this, he finished a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, double major in sports and dance, as magna cum laude (2009), and a master’s degree in Physical Education, Dance Stream (2014) at West Visayas State University (WVSU), Philippines. He is a 2017 Fellow of the Fulbright Graduate Student Program, a 2017/2018 recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award at UCR, and a 2018/2019 Classroom Fellow for the UCR Gluck Program of the Arts. He choreographed the routine of Team USA who won as gold medalists in the 2018 Global Stick and Blade Alliance World Championships (Team Forms) in Lisbon, Portugal. He was also a choreographer/performer for the youth presentation in the 2014 ASEAN Leaders Summit (Bangkok, Thailand), the JENESYS Cultural Night (Tokyo, Japan) in 2013, and the Philippine Team presentation in Leverkusen, Germany in 2008. His research/choreography engages to flesh out the dynamics of the transnational Filipino dancing body as it navigates the physical/textual spaces of performance. As a Filipino interdisciplinary movement storyteller whose movement practice weaves his passion for dance, comics, magic, poetry, and theatre, he is passionately working on the body as a restless archive of histories, memories, and futurities.