Bhumi B. Patel | pateldanceworks
Bhumi B. Patel and Jordan Wanderer
pateldanceworks creates queer, feminist movement art that holds the focus of creating movement at the intersection of embodied philosophy and dynamic sensation taking precedence over stagnant form.
Started in 2017 with dancers Bhumi B. Patel and Jordan Wanderer, pateldanceworks presents work in the exploration of pain, grief, body memory, and awareness. As a trauma informed, social justice oriented dancemaker, Artistic Director Bhumi B. Patel chooses to work collaboratively. The collaborative performance work focuses on listening to individual bodies in conversation with the assemblage of identities that each performer embodies. pateldanceworks Patel’s work has been presented at SAFEhouse Arts, LEVYsalon, Shawl Salon, max10, Studio 200, Molissa Fenley and Friends, Summer Performance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, and the first Queering Dance Festival. Patel has curated “fem(me),” a performance of femme-identified, radical queers, for SAFEhouse Arts and the National Queer Arts Festival since 2017 Patel makes multidisciplinary art to learn how to embrace the contradictions of her inner landscape where she is brown, queer, working class, and a woman. She creates art to open channels to the humane and to open channels of communication. To move through the world as a queer artist of colour, the pursuit of collective safety is both an act of labor and of necessity. Making art is her way of coping with the world at the moment.