Joshua Serafin


Joshua, a Filipino person with long brown hair, stands in front of a sandy, seaweed-covered beach under a wide blue sky. They wear a striped long sleeve shirt, and their hair gently flows in the wind.

Joshua Serafin is a multidisciplinary artist combining dance, performance, visual arts, and choreography to perform a sociological exorcism of Filipino identity, exploring global ideologies and unpacking the historical violence of its feudal contemporary society and dehumanizing normality. Serafin’s globally acclaimed work dwells within interstitial spaces as a refusal to participate in dimorphic structures and a commitment to speak from in-betweenness. Born in the Philippines, Serafin has studied contemporary dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent, where they completed a BFA in Performance and an MFA in Visual Arts with great distinction. They are a house artist of Viernulvier in Ghent for the 2023–2027 season, and their work has been shown internationally at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore; BIT Teatergarasjen in Norway; ANTI Festival in Finland; Night Shift in Belgium; Beursschouwburg in Brussels; Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong; and Haus Der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Serafin is based in Brussels.