Recognizing Women Project

In 2001 Trice created the Recognizing Women Project, an interdisciplinary research to performance initiative led by nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater.  The mission of the project is to develop and present artistic/educational performances that address various contributions and experiences of women.  New performances are developed through a collaborative interdisciplinary analysis team comprised of our company, local dancer, community and students enrolled in university/college social sciences and humanities departments. Our collaborative goal is to develop an interdisciplinary understanding and narrative of women experiences or contributions, and create theatrical dance performances inspired by those understandings and narratives.

Our latest creation entitled “I the object in my eye”, explored what might be the societal, interpersonal and personal contributions to adolescent and young adult female self-objectification. Take a quick look into the process:

As we prepare for the 2018 season of the Recognizing Women Project’s research to performance initiative, we ask for your help to ensure that we successfully engage this unique and timely project by making a tax-deductible donation to: nathantrice/rituals dance theater
Donations made to nathatntrice/RITUALS dance theater support our goal to continually present artistic educational performances that inspire cross-generational dialogue and activism around women’s experiences and contributions. Please make a donation today.

Since 2001 the Recognizing Women Project has worked collaboratively with dancers and students enrolled Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Female Studies, History, Sociology and Psychology departments at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, Hollins University, Adelphi University and Barnard. 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 new and creative ways to present 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

Photography by Judith Stuart, Graphics by Orondava 


I the object in my eye (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 exploration of what might be the contributions to adolescent and young adult female self-objectification in America. The work is developed out of the stories of a cast of twenty high school and young adult female dancers over a six-month process.

“3” (2006)

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

“3” is inspired by the sacred middle eastern verse: The universe is feminine. A gift of light & dark and time and timing.


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.