Natalie Metzger is an award-winning choreographer/filmmaker based in Los Angeles whose work has been seen throughout the US and across the world.
Metzger is obsessed with the body and wants to distort it, touch it, expose it, and extend it. She has a natural inclination towards dark absurdity, but also appreciates wit and the innate theatricality of life. As a choreographer, her movement is defined by awkward beauty, flung momentum, sand strange sensuality. Her obsession with the human body causes her to often use the audience in unconventional ways — encouraging them to feel the proximity of the living flesh of the performers. Metzger allows audiences to discover the beautiful and the sexy in the ugly, grotesque, and bizarre. She finds power in blurring the boundary between artistic disciplines, and in so doing, transcending the traditional concept of dance. Her work fuses together movement, sound, video, text, and image into hybrid performance work that creates an intimate environment for audiences to enter.
Metzger’s dance theater work Sacrament — an immersive descent into a world of cult mentality, violence, and destruction — earned her the 2011 Emerging Choreographer HARC Award and was described by a former dancer of Nederlands Dans Theater as "The Rite of Spring meets Alien in Night of the Living Dead." Her sextet, Tryst, premiered at REDCAT in Los Angeles in the spring and was selected for the SB - Adapt Festival in the summer. Metzger also recently performed in a multimedia work Luminus Sphaera, created in collaboration with an artist collective, which premiered at PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany as part of the Ruhrtriennale festival.
As a filmmaker, Metzger experiments with the camera to create a completely different framework and proximity for viewing the human body. Her film, For Water, was awarded a Certificate of Distinction at the American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival and a medal for musical Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival. Her recently completed Surgeon General’s Warning premiered at the L-DUB Film Festival in Lake Worth, FL.
Metzger holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography from California Institute of the Arts with a supplemental concentration in Integrated Media. Metzger earned her Bachelor of Arts at Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in three years with a double major in Theater and Dance/Movement Studies and a minor in English. At Emory, Metzger received the Sudler Award in the Arts for demonstrating the “highest standard of proficiency in the performing arts”, the Pioneer Award for “breaking new ground”, and Highest Honors for her choreographic thesis, Mindscape of the Pre-Dead.
Metzger now lives in Burbank, California with her artistic partner, composer Robert Allaire. When not creating work, Metzger geeks out on science fiction and frozen yogurt.