The Recognizing Women Project is a research to performance initiative created and led by nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater in 2001. 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 dancers, community and university/college social sciences and humanities departments. The goal of our analysis is to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of a particular focus and create theatrical dance performances inspired by those understandings.

Last year our world premier entitled “I, the object in my eye” brought together a cast of adolescent and post-adolescent women to investigate the societal, interpersonal and personal contributions to self-objectification in America.  This year “I, the object in my eye” will be re-engaged with the same goal through two residencies simultaneously. One at Taft School in Watertown CT from September 2017 till February 2018 and the other in Brooklyn NY at RestorationART from September 2017 till March 2018. Both residencies will re-engage “I, the object in my eye” as a choreographic interdisciplinary research frame work that ask, is identity situational? Our inquiry aims to evoke participants to re-examine provocative personal stories and their perspectives as a means to collaboratively explore what makes up identity and further more ask what would self-transparency, accountability and responsibility look like within those situations?

“My aim is to inspire dynamic dialogue around this issue with the hopes of energizing collective solutions.” nathan trice

Other works previously created, as well premiering in our 2018 season explore spirituality, myth and grief. The Recognizing Women Projects’ primary goal since 2001 has been is to function as a contributing platform that supports women across generations, cultures and geographies, by giving voice to new perspectives on shared experiences.


February 24 Waterbury, CT at Taft High School

March 15 – 17 Brooklyn, NY at Kumble Theater

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As we begin the 2017/18 process of the Recognizing Women Project’s research to performance initiative we ask for your help to ensure that we successfully engage this unique project by making a tax-deductible donation to: nathantrice/rituals dance theater
Donations made to nathatntrice/RITUALS dance theater support our goal to continually create and offer artistic educational platforms that inspire 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, 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 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


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.