Photo: Olivia Moon Photography
Natalie Johnson has always had a passion for movement generation and visceral artistic expressions. She began dancing at Mountain Valley Dance in Alamosa, CO where she trained in Ballet, Tap and with Beverly Mozzetti and Aubrey Lucero. She continued and broadened her dance education with programs and intensives at Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program, the American Dance Festival, and The Boston Conservatory. Balanced with her love of movement is her relish of language, literature, and poetry. This led Natalie to Bowdoin College, where she earned her BA in English and Dance, and this fascination with language is one of the most pervasive themes in the company repertory.
Natalie received three distinct fellowships while at Bowdoin to fund her research in dance and choreography, and she was honored with the Dance Group Award upon graduation for "outstanding contributions of dedicated work, good will, and talent". She has performed masterworks by William Forsythe, Trisha Brown, and Igal Perry, and premiered original repertories by current choreographers Jesse Zaritt, Charlotte Griffin, Gwyneth Jones, Emily Wolfe, Alberto del Saz, Juliana Garber, and Annette Herwander.
Natalie has presented her choreography throughout NYC, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, Chicago, and North Carolina. Venues and programs include the American Dance Festival, Center for Performance Research, The Dance Complex, Gibney Dance Center, The Somerville Armory, Sans Limites Split-Bill Season, Actors Fund Arts Center, Arts on Site, Brooklyn Arts eXchange (BAX), Harlem Repertory Theatre, Hudson Guild Theater, Franco-American/Bates (FAB) Dance Concert, Triskelion Arts, Prop Thtr, Fasseas White Box Theater in Chicago, and more.
In 2016-2017, Natalie completed a yearlong artistic residency with 1010 Artist Residency, directed by Tamar Nachmany, which supported her creation of the evening-length production, Sleeptalking. She is a three-time commissioned choreographer of Simantikos Dance Chicago, and received an Artist Grant from the Belmont Cultural Council in 2019 to support her evening-length production, AGEN. In April of 2021 Natalie completed a month-long residency at the Mauser Foundation in Costa Rica. Most recently, Natalie was a recipient of the prestigious Next Steps in Boston Dance Grant from the Boston Foundation. Currently, Natalie is an Artist in Residence at the Arteles Creative Center in Tampere, Finland for the month of April, 2022.
Photo Credit: Olivia Moon Photography and Nikki Lee