Nattie Trogdon is a performer, educator, and dance-maker based in Brooklyn, NY.
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 Gibney Dance Center teaching contemporary forms, improvisation and partnering classes.
Her choreographic works have been presented at Dixon Place, Mark Morris Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance Center, The Dance Complex, Green Space, The Juilliard School, NYU, SUNY Purchase and the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.
Her collaborations with partner, Hollis Bartlett, 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 (MA), The Dance Complex (MA), The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (MA), School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA), No Theme Festival ( Poughkeepsie, NY), and at universities including Skidmore College, NYU, and The College at Brockport. They are 2019 Work Up 5.0 Artists through Gibney Dance.
Born and raised in North Carolina, her desire for making and performing began at an early age. Her love of the stage led her to train classically as a singer and musician, as well as perform in musical theater and pursue ballet, tap, and jazz. Her training eventually led her to be accepted into the high school program at UNC School of the Arts where she studied in both the ballet and modern departments. She later graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase and was fortunate enough during her time there to perform and share her work in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the 2012 daCI/WDA Global Dance Summit.
I create work that encompasses the complexity of what it is to be human.
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.
Dance is a visceral, cathartic, transcendent experience which reflects in me 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. By combining technical rigor, improvisation, singing and speaking; I aim to generate a deep guttural rawness within myself and my collaborators that allows for vulnerability, authenticity and generosity.
Dance is both communal and deeply personal to me. It is past and present and future. I want to investigate what it is to be in this profoundly empathetic body, moving through this space, this time: feeling, falling, and flying.