Radical tenderness is a term that I first encountered through my collaboration with the transnational performance collective La Pocha Nostra, with whom I worked between 2008-2016. The term was used in the context of the radical performance-pedagogy workshops we facilitated, and though it was not clear to anyone what it really meant, it seemed to resonate with a lot of what many of us, within and beyond the collective, were wanting to nurture. From this initial contact with the term, I began a personal journey of continuing to investigate what radical tenderness did for me, with me, what I and others did – and could do – through it … it has been a guiding force within my performance-pedagogy work and my every day life, affecting my relations and mode of being in the world in different ways.
Throughout this journey I have been developing modes of engagement with radical tenderness in the form of performance-pedagogy workshops, performances and embodied critical writing (working both ‘solo’ and as part of different collaborations/collectives).
Please refer to the different sections of my website for more info on each of these practices.
You may also be interested in accessing directly the following links:
Invitation to Radical Tenderness, by Dani d’Emilia and Vanessa Andreotti (2018). This text registers thoughts expressed by the collective ‘Gesturing towards decolonial futures’ and is part of the broader artistic-pedagogic collaboration ‘Engaged dis-identifications’, which explores the workings of non-notional possibilities of co-existence through performative practices. This collaboration attempts to translate post-representational modes of engagement into embodied experiments that reconfigure the connections between reason, affect and relationality.
Radical Tenderness Manifesto, by Dani d’Emilia & Daniel B. Chávez (2015): an embodied poetic exercise of resistance where we dive into this seemingly oxy-moronic term asking ourselves: ‘how can radical be tender – and tenderness be radical – in our alliances, our communities, and our interpersonal relationships?’