RDT’s upcoming performance SOJOURN features four choreographic visions of community, contemporary issues and the nature of human relationships.
One of the choreographers, Natosha Washington, is presenting a work that was created in 2018, Say Their Names, part 1.
Raised in the south, Natosha Washington negotiates stereotyping, privilege and identity daily. Teaching or creating, she focuses on the intersection of social justice, art making and community engagement. Equity, access and transparency are hallmarks of her work—whether honoring Salt Lake School District’s multiplicity of cultures with community-wide dance celebrations or revealing through dance her own history and experiences as a black woman living in Utah. For RDT’s 2018 commission “Say Their Names, part 1,” she explored racial divides, identity and human connectivity. Delving into current events and cultural identity, Washington’s new iteration of “Say Their Names”, which will be developed this summer and premier in the Fall of 2023, promises to deliver an evening of truth telling and inspiration through the interplay of her choreography, RDT dancers and the Calvary Baptist Choir.
SOJOURN, November 17-19, 2022
7:30pm at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
Natosha Washington Bio:
Natosha Washington currently teaches dance for 8th-12th grade at West High in Salt Lake City, Utah. Washington is a professional choreographer, director and avid educator who is passionate about all-inclusive learning. Washington’s most recent achievement is The Sorenson Legacy Award for Best Secondary Dance Educator in the state of Utah 2015. Washington received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Modern Dance and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Ricks College. During her time at the U, Washington’s work received the Best Performance award at the National College Dance Festival and was featured in Dance Magazine. Washington co-directed the Utah-based company, RawMoves that received a Slammy Award for Best New Dance Company in SLC 2005. Washington became a full time dance teacher at Judge Memorial Catholic High School and created a program for young men to dance, starting with 18 it developed to 44 young men. Washington went on to teach at Northwest Middle School and created the school’s Celebration of Dance. In this program 400+ students celebrate their school and individual cultures through dance. When Washington started at West High School she expanded the program two class sizes, reaching over 60+ extra students. In addition, Washington is developing a new educational program in collaboration with Weber State Professor Blake geared towards first generation students to receive higher education. As a choreographer, Washington’s work has been seen on professional, collegiate and secondary school companies, including her own company, The Penguin Lady Collective.