A research and performance initiative created and led by nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater in 2001. The mission of the Recognizing Women Project is to develop and present artistic educational performances about the unique experiences and contributions of women.  New performances are developed through a collaborative interdisciplinary research team comprised of the company, local dancers, community, university/college students and practitioner of the social sciences and humanities. The aim of our research is to create thought-provoking visceral performances with an inter-sectional understanding of women’s experiences.

This year the company will re-engaging one of its latest works “I, the object in my eye” as a choreographic research template that ask a cast of high school and young adult female dancers to investigate the contributions to self-objectification in America.  Our investigation will be conducted through two residencies simultaneously. One at Taft School (boarding school) in Watertown CT and the other in Brooklyn NY at RestorationART from September 2017 till March 2018. Participants in both residencies are asked to research and examine their own lives to understand the social pressures that contribute to the construction and reconstruction of the self, and its objectification by both the individual and the society one is embedded in.

“I, the object in my eye” seeks to ignite a sustainable dynamic inquiry into self-objectification with the aim of energizing global collective solutions.

To date the RWP has collaborated with various NYC high schools, college’s and university’s to develop and create compelling dance theater that investigates a wide range of topics including identity, gender, rites of passage, myth & legend, grief and spirituality.  It is a project committed to supporting women across generations, cultures and geographies, by giving voice to their shared experiences and perspectives.


February 24 Waterbury, CT at Taft High School

March 15 – 17 Brooklyn, NY at Kumble Theater

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Since 2001 the Recognizing Women Project has worked collaboratively with dancers and students enrolled Taft boarding school and Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Female Studies, History, Sociology and Psychology departments at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, Hollins University, Adelphi University, Barnard and Columbia University. Our artistic academic collaborations have become an integral tool to producing art with educational merit and that has increased interest in the performing arts among academic students who seek creative ways to share new insights and perspectives around women concerns. Work developed through the Recognizing Women Project has been presented at numerous dance festivals and the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis and the Association of Psychoanalysis Culture and Society.


Nathan Trice’s Recognizing Women Project is the result of 10 years of work and a life-time of learning about women
Quinn Batson, Off, Off, Off Dance

Trice’s Recognizing Women Project delivers the poetry of a mothers struggle to love her child yet let her child go
Nana Euka, New York Metro

Orondava’s beautifully conceived and executed costumes evince the culture background of each woman in “MOTHERS”
Carl Paris, Attitude Magazine


I, the object in my eye (work-in-progress) 2017

Choreography: Nathan Trice in collaboration with the dancers, Music: Ryuchi Sakamoto, Text: Dancers, Costumes: Nathan Trice.

I, the object in my eye is an investigation into adolescent and young adult female self-objectification in America.

“3” a new production (2017)

Choreography by Nathan Trice. Music: Arvo Part, costumes: Nathan Trice

“3” is a new production and is inspired by the sacred middle eastern verse: The universe is feminine. A gift of light & dark and time and timing. “3” was originally commissioned by Dance New Amsterdams’ In The Company of Men series in 2006.


MOTHERS (2002)

Choreographed by Nathan Trice, Music: Hanz Zimmer & James Horner, Costumes: Olu-Orondava Mumford, Props: Marisa Lowenstien

MOTHERS is conceived and conceptualized by Nathan Trice with Olu-Orondava Mumford & Marisa Lowenstien. It is a procession of solo’s that explore the process of grief for the mothers of prominent figures: Mahatma Gandhi, Ernesto “CHE” Guevara, Adolf Hitler, Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Tupac Shakur.

banDrui (2004)

Choreographed by Nathan Trice, Music: Various, Costumes: Nathan Trice & Elana Commendador

Conceived and conceptualized by Nathan Trice, banDrui is loosely inspired by various indigenous myths and legends on rites of passage between mother and daughter.  The work is a progression of ritualistic exchangeable roles that illustrate the symbiosis between spiritual linage and identity for mother and daughter.

One’s Trilogy (work-in-progress) 2011

Choreographed by Nathan Trice, Text by Nathan Trice and the dancers, Music: Thomas Newman, Costume: Nathan Trice.

Conceived and conceptualized by Nathan Trice, One’s Trilogy (work-in-progress) is inspired by my life and my mother whom at a period of her life suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, 8 years of homelessness and the drive to find understanding and perspective on how to move forward in ones life, for both mother and son.

Their Speech Is Silver, Their Silence Is Gold (1997)

Choreographed by Nathan Trice, Music: Peter Gabriel & Nathan Trice, Text: Nathan Trice, Costumes: Olu-Orondava Mumford.

Their Speech Is Silver, Their Silence Is Gold is a response to religious and societal concepts placed upon women who struggle to define womanhood.