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, 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


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.

Bhumi B. Patel / pateldanceworks

remaining tender, 2016 // image © Shinichi Iova-Koga