Dani d’Emilia is a transfeminist artist and educator working internationally across performance art, devised theatre, visual arts and radical pedagogy projects. She is a co-founder of the immersive theatre company Living Structures (2007, UK) and the artistic space Roundabout.lx (2012, PT) and was a core member of the transnational performance collective La Pocha Nostra (MX/US) between 2011-2016 and Proyecto Inmiscuir (ES/MX) between 2015-17. As part of her artistic-pedagogical practice, in recent years Dani has also developed ongoing collaborations with the research network Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (University of British Columbia, CA), the Gorca Earthcare program (SL), Free Home University (IT), Las Chamanas and Kinal Antsetik (Chiapas, MX), ANDlab – Research Centre for Art-Thinking & Politics of Togetherness (Lisbon, PT) and other research-in-practice contexts.
Dani’s work explores the co-production of critical knowledge and political imagination through languages that go beyond rational and discursive realms. Making use of the potential of performance/art as an ’embodied mode of encounter’ she combines performance-pedagogy (performance practice as a pedagogical process of unlearning), radical tenderness (a mode of political-poetic resistance), transfeminist (intersectional and trans inclusive feminism), decolonial/critical whiteness (interrogating colonial legacies on our bodies and subjectivities) and different body practices stemming from physical theatre, dance and Chikung training. Dani’s workshops investigate ways in which we can create and nurture political-affective communities and alliances that take into account – yet attempt not to reproduce – different forms of violence inherent in our construction as political subjects. She is interested in modes of doing and being that activate the combination of criticality and radical love, risk and care, searching for holistic forms of activism (inwards and outwards), perceiving others through multiple senses and modes of knowing, inhabiting the contradictions, paradoxes, incoherences, vulnerabilities and joys that arise in this process.