Patrick Alcedo

Patrick Alcedo
Associate Professor

BA (University of the Philippines, Diliman), PhD (UC Riverside)

A former Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Patrick Alcedo is Associate Professor and Director of the MA and PhD programs in Dance Studies. For excellence in teaching, he was the recipient of the 2011 Dean’s Teaching Award in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

He received his PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside under the auspices of the Asian Cultural Council’s Ford Foundation grant. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, he performed for the internationally touring Filipiniana Dance Group.

His film publications have appeared in the New York Times (November 2009) and are distributed by Alexander Street Press. Gawad Urian (Manila Film Critics Circle) nominated his film, Ati-atihan Lives, for Best Documentary. His research on folklorization of religion and performance of gender and indigeneity are published, among others, in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (2007) and the anthology, Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

His other recent publications are “Emotional and Religious Landscapes: The Making of the Documentary Film A Piece of Paradise” in Theatres of Affect: New Essays on Canadian Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press, 2014) and “States of Presence and Absence: An Introduction to Nanay (Mother): A Testimonial Play” in Once More, With Feeling: Five Affecting Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, 2014).

For his achievements and community contributions, in 2012 the Filipino Centre Toronto awarded him the “Young Professional Award,” and the Governor’s Office of his home province of Aklan, central Philippines, “Most Outstanding Aklanon.”

With support from Canada’s Social Science Humanities Research Council, Dr. Alcedo recently completed his 3-year documentary film project, A Piece of Heaven, about the everyday and extraordinary lives of four Filipina caregivers in Toronto. In 2014 he won the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation. This award is in recognition of his body of works in the field of arts and humanities and research on Philippine dance, which the Ministry will support for the next 5 years. As well in 2014, the Fulbright Association honoured him with the prestigious Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for the field of Dance and Dance Studies.


Sacred Camp: Transgendering Faith in a Philippine Festival” February 2007.
Published: Cambridge University Press. Citation: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (February 2007), 38 (1), pg. 107-132
ISSN: 0022-4634. Date: 2007-02

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