Manifiesto de la Ternura Radical


Click HERE for the Spanish version published in Hysteria Magazine – July 2015

Click HERE for the Catalan translation (by Ariadna Pous Solà) – July 2015

Ternura radical es, in it’s poetic manifesto iteration, is a text co-written by Daniel Chávez and Dani d’Emilia, core troupe members of the performance collective La Pocha Nostra. In this text, we attempt to corporally theorize to-gether the potentiality of the notion of “ternura radical/radical tenderness”, a fundemental aspect of the performance pedagogy of La Pocha and now also of our daily lives. A seemingly oxy-moronic term, we insist that radical tenderness, seen from the perspective of pedagogy and practice in performance, is a way of being with others both within and outside of the realm of performance. We ask: ‘how can radical be tender’ in our alliances, in our ephemeral communities, and in our interpersonal relationships? While we do not foreclose on the possiblity of rage, we ask how even rage can be tender within political, transfeminist, and decolonial projects of resistance.

* ‘Radical tenderness’ is a term that has been used as part of the pedagogy of La Pocha Nostra for the last ten years. As performer-pedagogues members of La Pocha, with this manifesto we wanted to honor the term and its usage in projects around the globe by elaborating on what it is for us both within and outside of the collective. We wish to thank all those who have been part of this journey with us, in particular the most current active Pocha members that have also been most engaged with this term for a number of years: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez, Michèle Ceballos Michot, Roberto Sifuentes and Emma Tramposch. This version of the manifesto is our take on the term, we hope that our Pocha colleagues and extended networks of collaborators also feel very present in it.

* The writing process of this manifesto began in January 2015 and will continue to transform itself through different incarnations and contexts. This version was a result of a poetic jam between Dani & Daniel, with the editorial support of Guillermo Gómez-Peña, during the time in which Dani was writing about ‘radical tenderness’ as part of her MA Independent Studies Program at MACBA in Barcelona (more info on this investigation here). It was premiered as a performative reading in the Encuentro Internacional “Poética de la Acción” (Centro Nacional de las Artes, D.F. Mexico, May 2015), presented academically in UAB (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, June 2015) and published online for the first time via Hysteria Magazine (July 2015).