Bhumi B. Patel | pateldanceworks
Bhumi B. Patel and Jordan Wanderer
pateldanceworks, founded by Bhumi B Patel and Jordan Wanderer, is a Bay Area-based contemporary movement organization centering marginalized voices at the intersection of embodied research and activism to create queer, intersectional performance from a trauma-informed, social justice-oriented perspective using dance as a pursuit for liberation, where all involved have the time and space to decolonize the body through listening, cultivating safe spaces, and availability.
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.
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