In 2001 artistic director Nathan Trice created the (RWP) Recognizing Women Project, an annual 6-month inter-disciplinary research initiative, that creates educational residencies and artistic presentations about the experiences and stories of women globally. Beginning Fall through Spring the RWP initiative brings together a multi-cultural group of 25 to 30 adolescent, young adult and adult female dancers, with students and practitioners of the social sciences to work as a research analysis team. The aim of the RWP’s research initiative is to provide a space for women to explore the inter-sectional nature of their experiences, and share their findings through dialogue and thought-provoking performances.
For the past 5 months the RWP participants have explored the question, what does it look like when mothers and daughters seek to self-identify amidst patriarchal culture? Through rigorous research into their own stories, experiences and the origin of those stories, participants developed a deeper understanding and awareness of how multi-generational institutional biases influence identity, prompting the urgency of transforming one’s personal culture as a commitment to self-healing, authentic identity and spiritual salvation.
Our 2019 Recognizing Women Project performances will present a two-act evening of the projects seminal master piece “Their Speech is Silver, Their Silence is Gold”. An evocative visceral work created in 1997 in responds to the exchanges, transmissions and transformations that occur within mothers and daughters seeking to determine womanhood within a male dominating society.
This years participants will engage Trice’s master piece “Their Speech Is Silver, Their Silence Is Gold” as a de-constructive rite of passage that explores what it’s like to self-identify amidst patriarchal culture.
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, Barnard, Columbia University, Brooklyn Arts High School, Fort Hamilton High School, Talent Unlimited High School and Taft High School. Our inter-disciplinary collaborative processes have become an integral tool to producing informative thought-provoking work, that subsequently bridge art and academia in ways that present new insights into women’s experiences. 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. The RWP was born out of the Judson Church (DADD) Dance Of African Descent Downtown series, created and curated by Aziza.
As we prepare for the 2019/20 season of the Recognizing Women Project, 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 nathan trice / RITUALS dance theater supports our goal to continually present artistic educational residencies and performances, that inspire dialogue and activism around women’s concerns across cultures, generations and geographies. Please make a donation today.
“Nathan Trice’s Recognizing Women Project is the result of 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 them 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 explores what might be the contributions to 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.
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.
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 will 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 an evocative visceral work created in responds to the exchanges, transmissions and transformations that occur within and between mothers and daughters who aim to self-identify with-in a patriarchal culture.