The Recognizing Women Project.
In 2001 Nathan Trice created the Recognizing Women Project to bridge the gap between art and academia. The RWP is a collaborative interdisciplinary research and performance initiative with the mission to create artistic/educational work that addresses various contributions and experiences of women. New works are developed through a research initiative led by the company in collaboration with local dancers, community and students enrolled in local university/college gender, sexuality and women studies departments and other disciplines relevant to our focus.
The Recognizing Women Project creative process spans an academic semester allowing student’s research, suggestions and constructive criticism to play a significant role in the development of a new work. In the past, professors have allowed the project to become a component in their curricula where students have received academic credit and press recognition for their contributions. Since 2001 the Recognizing Women Project has worked collaboratively with dancers and students within Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Female Studies and Psychology departments at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, Hollins University, and Adelphi University. The collaborative aspect of the project has become an integral component in helping to produce work with a high artistic merit and strong educational foundation. The RWP research initiative has also increased interest in the performing arts among academic students who seek new and creative ways to present their insights and perspectives around women concerns.
Work developed through the RWPs’ initiative has been presented at numerous dance festivals and most recently the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis and the Association of Psychoanalysis Culture and Society. Our presentation sparked dialogue around the need for more interdisciplinary research initiatives that help extend the reach of new perspectives around women, gender, culture and identity. Fostering these kinds of relationships with enthusiastic institutions and organizations has always been essential to the project’s mission, goals and objectives.