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There are many ways to make a dance about grief. This solo is a mess of conflicting impulses woven together to ask the questions about reflection and moving forward, not sadness and fear. I didn’t want to make this dance until there were no hard feelings, no sharp ones; I do not have that luxury. But, remaining tender is living in the warm parts, the parts where the dead are watching and see us as we are.

A brief but compelling solo, remaining tender was equal parts visceral and introspective; tactile and primal.
- Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs

Original Premiere Date: December 9, 2016 at Mills College

Performed at The Gutsy Series, Supper Edition on December 11, 2016


Concept Series by RAWDance, November 2017

Choreographer and performer: Bhumi B. Patel

Music: Helios

Lighting Design: Hamilton Guillen

Program Note: If the dead are watching, I want them to see that we still reach to each other.

remaining tender




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