t e n d e r n e s s

t e n d e r n e s s is a multi-lingual theater piece that underscores the dehumanization at the core of all violence, and contrasts it with the eternal power of human tenderness and connection. Inspired by ensemble members’ personal experiences of human-rights abuse in war in the Darfur region of Sudan, Guinea, West Africa, and the school-to-prison pipeline system and mass incarceration in the US, tenderness reaches beyond conflict and racism to find pathways for human connection. 

The ensemble originates from Haiti, Burundi/Rwanda, Guinea, South Sudan and the U.S. The piece blends monologues, storytelling, scenes, movement, and seven languages: Arabic, Mandingo, Kirundi, Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English. Original music by Charles Neville.

t e n d e r n e s s premiered at the 2016 Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA

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Tenderness photos courtesy of Ed Cohen Photography