Nattie Trogdon is a performer, dance-maker, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY.
Her own choreographic works have been presented at Stuffed at Judson Church, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance Center, The Juilliard School, Boston University, NYU, SUNY Purchase and the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.
Her collaborations with partner, Hollis Bartlett (Hollis + Nattie) have been presented at First Look at Brooklyn Ballet, Slice & Dice at The Joffrey School, Triskelion Arts, the Jack Crystal Theater at NYU, Gibney Dance, Earthdance, The Dance Complex, The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, No Theme Festival, and at universities including Skidmore College, NYU, Salem State University, Swarthmore College and The College at Brockport. They have received residencies through the Dance Complex, the Peaceable Barn, the Floor on Atlantic and Work Up 5.0 through Gibney Dance.
As a freelance artist, she has had the pleasure of working for David Dorfman, Oliver and Teri Steele, Elizabeth Dishman, Annie Kloppenberg, Nelly Van Bommel, Kensaku Shinohara, Mark Dendy, Michael Foley and Doug Varone.
As an educator she has taught at Purchase College, The Dance Complex (MA), NYU Tisch, NYU’s Gallatin School, and is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center and the Floor on Atlantic teaching contemporary forms, and improvisation classes.
Born and raised in North Carolina, her desire for making and performing began at an early age. She is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts where she studied in both the ballet and modern departments; and holds a BFA in performance from SUNY Purchase where she was fortunate enough to be invited to perform and share her work in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the 2012 daCI/WDA Global Dance Summit.
I create work that allows the body to deeply speak it’s humanity.
I aim to expose the ugliness, the messiness, the destruction alongside the beauty and goodness. I invite the audience into a space that is familiar, that fuels their emotional responses, that dredges up the things they’ve hidden deep inside themselves. I believe that movement can heal- that movement is a vehicle for social, political, and personal change.
My research involves creating a visceral, cathartic, transcendent experience which reflects something more ancient and primal. I thrive on opportunities to test the boundaries of the human body. To find its limits and to push past them. To crack the heart open and expose its contents. To move the bones and skins and organs rigorously, daringly, boldly. Through technical rigor, improvisation, singing and speaking; I aim to generate a deep guttural rawness within myself that allows for vulnerability, authenticity and generosity. I acknowledge my history, my place of privilege and work to understand it’s context within my process. I actively aim to create an empathetic space that is open to many voices, bodies, identities- where movement is both communal and deeply personal.