Fallacies – Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett

Two dancers in red jumpsuits are caught mid movement in front of a gray drape, a few green plant fronds poke into the foreground of the frame.
Photo by Whitney Browne

Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett

June 8 & 9, 7pm
Rockefeller Park
FREE, Drop-In

June 9, 5pm
Rockefeller Park
FREE, Drop-In

Fallacies blurs the lines between original source and personal interpretation, constructing dance from a dancer’s perspective. Distorting referential choreography to reveal new patterns and physical possibilities, the piece materializes as a Rorschach test of dance. When the movement is stripped down, what do you see? By rendering movement through the lens of its performers, Fallacies makes invisible embodied histories visible.

In addition to performances on June 8 and 9, audiences were invited to join a workshop with Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett at 5 pm on Sunday, June 9 to learn movement from Fallacies, gaining insight into the piece's various original sources before seeing the performance that evening.

Choreography: Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett in collaboration with the performers
Performed by: Katerina Belmatch, Sienna Blaw, Dwayne Brown, Brendan Drake, and Noa Rui-Piin Weiss
Costumes by: Marlene Hamm 
Sound: "Dehors" and "Dedans" by Francisco Meirino and Bruno Duplant

Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority.
Performance length: 40 minutes
Workshop length: 1 hour
This work was developed in part through residences and support from Marble House Project, Coffey Street Studios, Amanda + James,  14th Street Y and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program. Additionally, this project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Dance Reflections by Van Clef & Arpels
Battery Park City Authority

Fallacies (video)
Made in collaboration between Filmmaker Alex Romania and Choreographers Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett
Featuring performances by Symara Sarai, Wendell Gray II, and Katerina Belmatch
Filmed at The Arts Center at Governors Island

Black and white photo of two overlapping bodies in black jumpsuits against a white background. Nattie is leaning forward with long dark hair and one arm extended in a long line to the side, Hollis is behind her more upright with curly dark hair and one arm bent forward.

Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett developed Fallacies as part of LMCC’s Arts Center Residency program supported, in part, by Cowles Charitable Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., The Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and Teiger Foundation.

The Arts Center Residency is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett are partners in both life and creative endeavors. They construct dance works, films and research based practices aimed to disrupt assumptions of performance and personhood. Their collaborations have been presented at Gibney, CPR – Center for Performance Research, Coffey Street Studios, Snug Harbor, The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, and the Future Dance Festival at the 92nd Street Y. Their site-specific work and films have been commissioned by the Brick Alley Block Party at Garner Arts Center, The Long Time Texas, Motion State Dance Festival, and the Mobile Dance Film Festival. They’ve received residency support through LMCC, Marble House, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Mana Contemporary and the New Directions Choreography Lab at The Ailey School. Currently they are adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase and Montclair State, and co-lead the artist-run class platform skewl.

Dance Reflections by Van Clef & Arpels
Dance Reflections by Van Clef & Arpels

Nattie Trogdon + Hollis Bartlett was presented as part of the 2024 River to River Festival, with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. Profoundly attached to the world of dance since its origins, the High Jewelry Maison strengthens its commitment with Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Guided by the values of creation, transmission and education, this initiative aims to support artists and institutions in presenting choreographic heritage, while also promoting new productions.

Since its launch in 2020, it has promoted numerous dance companies for their creations as well as the presentation of multiple performances around the world.

The program is complemented each year by major events, including the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, whose first edition took place in London in March 2022.

This support further extends to awareness-raising actions focused on dance culture for the broadest possible audience, professionals and amateurs alike.