The Recognizing Women Project is an annual inter-disciplinary research and performance initiative created and led by nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater since 2001. The mission of the initiative is to develop rigorous artistic, educational residencies that investigate the stories and experiences of women.  Residencies are conducted through a collaborative research process between our company, local high school & professional dancers, community, university social science and humanities students. Our aim is to create thought-provoking visceral performances reflecting the layered experiences of women across generations, cultures and geographies.



Since 2001 the Recognizing Women Project has worked collaboratively to develop and present compelling dance theater that investigates a wide range of topics concerning women that include identity, gender, rites of passage, myth & legend, grief and spirituality. The project has collaborated with Taft boarding school, 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 collaborations have become an integral tool to producing art with merit, while increasing interest in the performing arts among academic students who seek creative ways to share new insights and perspectives around women 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.

As we begin the 2018/19 Recognizing Women Project’s research and performance initiative we ask for your help to ensure that we successfully engage the project by making a tax-deductible donation to: nathantrice/rituals dance theater
Donations made to nathatntrice/RITUALS dance theater support our efforts to continually create artistic educational platforms that inspire dialogue and activism around women’s experiences and stories. 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 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 (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. Participants are asked to re-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.

“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.