February 23 Music For A While Dance Concert: nathantrice/RITUALS

When dancer and choreographer Nathan Trice established his theatrical dance company in 1998, his vision included the creation of a "unique visual, audio, sensory, theatrical movement language." For nearly six months, Trice has been speaking that language at Taft, guiding students though a process of self-exploration. Those students will take the stage in Bingham Auditorium Friday, February 23 during a special piece, performed with members of Trice's Brooklyn-based troupe, nathantrice/RITUALS, a Project-by-Project Dance Company. The piece is part of a full program of performances by Trice and his fellow dancers; it is also part of Taft's Music for a While Concert Series. The program begins at 7 pm; tickets are not required.

Originally from Detroit, MI, Trice began his training in 1988 under the direction of Aulani Chun in San Diego, CA, while also serving in the US Navy. Upon completion of his Naval contract, Trice was accepted into the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program, after which he spent six years as a featured artist with MOMIX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Kevin Iega Jeff, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Forces of Nature Dance Company. During that period, Trice developed and began presenting his own choreographic work while simultaneously establishing his teaching philosophy, style, and technique.

In 1998, Trice created nathantrice/RITUALS, a Project-by-Project Dance Company to share his own artistic vision. Since then, he and his company have toured globe, performing at some of the world's most prestigious festivals and venues. Trice has also focused on developing a number of multimedia projects that explore the dynamics of identity, gender culture, technology, and the human spirit. Among them, the Recognizing Women Project.

"Overall, the Recognizing Women Project focuses on bringing high schoolers, young adult dancers, and professional dancers together to create work that speaks to the unique contributions and experiences of women," Trice explains. "We do that by having the dancers research their own lives to develop deeper personal understanding and pen very personal narratives."

Those narratives, Trice says, are the heart of the ten-minute piece in this weekend's program, featuring members of Trice's dance company and six students from Sarah Surber's Advanced Dance class. I, The Object In My Eye, marries the research Taft students have engaged in during the semester, with movement and spoken word performances.

Read more about Trice's work at Taft here.