as part of Re_Generation

19.04. – 01.07.2023

Re_Generation is a festival for pleasure, solidarity & healing. International artists, activists, and scientists will gather at the FFT for twelve days to introduce and try out practices that answer to a world that is exhausted in so many ways.

Dani d’Emilia and mar~yã

Reattuning to Metabolic Entanglement through Radical Tenderness: Presentation about Series of Art-life Ritual Actions

presenting work done in collaboration with the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective and other 11 Brasilian performance artists

Lecture Talks & Workshops Social/Urban Movements

The invitation to “reattune to metabolic entanglement” through Radical Tenderness consists of making ourselves more available to re-learn and co-sense our inseparability from all other living beings on the planet – as well as from the planet itself – and to nurture an affective space for confronting the complexity of the problems we are implicated in. Radical Tenderness is more than a term, it is a force, a political practice of healing which erupted in the trans-feminist community of Mexico and has been rippling and shapeshifting in many other bodies around the world.

Dani has been working with Radical Tenderness for over a decade and in this presentation, they will share about a recent series in which they invited 12 Brazilian performance artists to create art-life rituals responding to the text Co-sensing with Radical Tenderness, written in collaboration with Vanessa Andreotti and the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective. Dani will be accompanied by mar~yã, one of the artists that integrate the series, who will be sharing about the work they created entitled Teluric Dreaming, a dreaming of, with, and in the earth. In their words, “they say that to tremble, to let ourselves vibrate, is to co-regulate the body’s frequencies with the earth’s breathing. It is listening to ourselves: the body in relation.”

Please download the “Co-sensing with Radical Tenderness” text here:“ herunterladen.

Visit here to learn more about the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective.


Dani d’Emilia (they/them) is a white-Italo-Brazilian trans-feminist artist and educator working in the intersections of performance, visual art, devised theatre, radical pedagogy, social-relational and ecological justice. Their work engages cuir-metabolic decolonial sensibilities towards the expansion of a sense of intimacy and visceral response-ability that attempts to deactivate the logic of separability within ourselves and our wider relations. Radical Tenderness is a main guiding force in their art and life, which they combine with various other artistic, critical, and somatic practices to nurture a political-affective landscape for personal and collective ritualised un/re-learnings around how we can create and nurture ways of being that face – and attempt to interrupt – different forms of violence inherent in our construction as modern subjects. Dani is a member of the collective Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures, and alongside their independent artistic practice, they currently also work as a curator and editor of the ArtsEverywhere Platform, as well as an associate of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies in the University of British Columbia. They were previously a co-founder of the immersive theatre company Living Structures and the art space Roundabout.lx, a core member of the performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Proyecto Inmiscuir, as well as a collaborator of the ANDlab – Research Centre for Art-Thinking & Politics of Togetherness. + info:

mar~yã (they/them), also known as makabra coqito, is a multi-spirited artist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and hearted in Mexico. They work at the intersections of performance, street theatre, drag cabaret, healing practices, and popular education. Their processes of life and creation are viscerally moved by political art and ancestral medicines. mar~yã works on the performative and pedagogical research project Change Skin Like a Serpent, based on dreams, healing rituals, and feminist justice processes. They are a member of the Teatro de Operações performance collective, a Rio de Janeiro-based group that acts at the interstices of art and critical pedagogies, studying power relations between disobedient acts and the forces that regulate cities as well as those that are contained in bodies. mar~yã has an MA in Performance Arts at the University of Brasília (UNB). They hold a degree in body therapies (Angel Vianna School, Rio de Janeiro), and are a perennial student of Traditional Zapotec Medicine in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Re_Generation receives support from Kunststiftung NRW and from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses. In cooperation with Cheers for Fears.