Art

Natalie Brewster Nguyen is a performance artist, site-specific installation artist, writer, actor, mover, educator, and musician. She is a certified Acroyoga, Yoga, and Yogaslackers teacher. She co-parents in an amazing collective of artists and parents in Tucson, AZ, and is dedicated to living with authenticity, community accountability, and adventure at every turn.

Natalie’s work is often heavily based in erotic and fetishistic imagery, and pushing the limits of the capacity of the physical body. Alternatively, she also incorporates her children into much of work and is interested in employing techniques that invert traditional relationships and reignite our sense of wonder in our surroundings. She seeks to discover ways in which to make parenting a nourishing daily performance practice between herself and her kids.

One of her current and primary projects is a long term ritualistic installation and photo project titled “Love Letters Leave No Trace.” It is an exploration of the emotional, psychological and environmental impact of human celebration. Inspired by the imagery of children’s birthday parties, the work is a series of monochromatic balloon installations in site specific locations. Each chapter examines a single color as related to childhood development, and a particular text. The text is exploded onto balloons which are then installed by the children into the landscape as a “love letter.” At the end of the installation, the debris of the celebration is recovered to be turned into functional objects as a permanent homage to our need for public joy and celebration.

Natalie was featured in an AZ Public Media story, Art Moms, by Andrew Brown.
Watch the video here

Collaborators include: Serena Tang , Cirque Roots , Sugar Beast Circus , Flight School Acro , Borderlands Theater , La Pocha Nostra , Charlie Levin , Ni’ja Whitson , Sage Reed , Larry Bogad , Denise Uyehara , Heather Gray

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“I can hear in your voice
you were born in one country
and will die in another,

and where you live is where you’ll be buried,
and when you dream it’s where you were born,

and the moon never hangs in both skies
on the same night,

and that’s why you think the moon has a sister,
that’s why your day is hostage to your nights,

and that’s why you can’t sleep except by forgetting,
you can’t love except by remembering.”
-from “Restless” by Li-Young Lee

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I am interested in the roots of things. The distillation of meaning. The immediacy of home and the origins of obsession.

“part of the strangeness of being human is our need of boundaries, parameters, definitions, explanations, and our need for them to be overturned. “ -Jeannette Winterson

Wild party 1 Photo by Dan Stein

yoga

I earned my 200 hr yoga teacher certification from the Lotus Seed School in Portland Or in 2008 and have continued to study various forms of yoga. I am certified as a YogaSlackers Teacher and as an AcroYoga MTL Teacher.
I teach classes that range from challenging vinyasa flow, to more restorative practices. I enjoy using partner work in classes to encourage community and cooperation. I love to challenge, but with a devout attention to the needs of the body. I am most passionate about helping you communicate with your body, and what it needs.

I am particularly interested in teaching new parents, families, social justice groups, elders and youth. I strive to create an anti-oppressive environment conducive to learning for all ages, races, sizes, genders and abilities.

I offer regular classes as well as privates and workshops. Please contact me for more information, or check my calendar.

revoluution@gmail.com is the best way to reach me. blessings.

FLYER
YOGA(Y) at Fluxx Gallery, 414 E 9th St, Tucson AZ every Wednesday at 7:30pm

Videos

puppet prayer
toured with the Mobtown Moxie Revue and
Gurlesque Burlesque Chicago, 2005 and 2007
original music by Natalie Brewster Nguyen
Guitar: Ally Booker
Trumpet: Chris Heinisch

Twins. Myself and Serena in a Flight School Acro number. Sula, Savan and Violet in the back.

Jill Campbell and Natalie Brewster Nguyen playing in Montreal

Hibernation: a collaboration between myself, Matthew Jackalinski, Sula, Lula Mae Day and Sadie Lune

mama/dada/baby the first cycle
video by Denise Uyehara and Natalie Brewster Nguyen
editing by Bruno

mama/dada/baby the second cycle
the tracing
video by Denise Uyehara and Natalie Brewster Nguyen
editing, camera, and all that love by Adam Cooper-Tehran


Mama/Baby/Dada from Uyehara on Vimeo.

The pilot for our “Nesting” project involving installation and the building of nests. Photography by Akashic Imaging, Video by Denise Uyehara. Denise, Natalie, and Serena and their kids.

“Nesting Pilot Workshop” from Denise Uyehara on Vimeo.

Les Draps Sourds – Marianne Dissard’s album L’Entredeux from marianne on Vimeo.

Tank Man Tango in Tucson. A memorial to Tiananmen Square and the Tank Man. A dance performed around the world.

Tank Man Tango – Tucson from jodi netzer on Vimeo.

About the Tank Man Tango:

Acroyoga

Acroyoga is a combination of creative movement, yoga, partner balancing, therapeutics, and acrobatics. It challenges and invigorates while encouraging a deep sense of body awareness, personal connection and inner balance. This powerful practice is not only for seasoned yogis and athletes-it can be accessible to anyone. It can be taught to all levels and is a wonderful way to connect with and transform your community. I specialize in teaching to families and community groups with special attention to inclusiveness and accessibility. Contact me for workshops, private lessons, and group rates.

I teach in the style of Acroyoga Montreal and I am also a certified YogaSlackers teacher. I perform with http://flightschoolacrobatics.com
Great resources include:
http://acroyoga.com
http://yogaslackers.com
http://acroyoga.org

Photo Credits: Sky Yoga, Kadri Kurgun, Shawn T Wilson, Rachel Castillo, Rachel Dragonfly, Dan Stein and more. Please do not reproduce without permission. Thanks!

Art and Performance CV

Natalie Brewster Nguyen
http://nataliebrewsternguyen.com
revoluution @ gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Performances
2012:Trickhouse Live at Casa Libre En La Solana Tucson with Serena Tang and Flight School Acrobatics
2011: Retrospective of the artist Marina Abramovich at the MOCA Los Angeles annual Gala
2011: Zuzi Theater’s No Frill Program with Flight School Acrobatics
2011: Cuerpo Ilicito with La Pocha Nostra at SOMarts in San Francisco
2010: Zuzi Theater’s No Frills Program with Flight School Acroyoga
2010: Winter Masquerade, Tucson AZ, Flight School Acroyoga
2010: Mat Bevel Institute as part of the Tucson Sculpture Festival, Flight School Acroyoga
2009: International Drag King’s Extravaganza, Tucson AZ, Flight School Acroyoga
2009: El Presidio Park, IDEVASW (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers) Installation and performance
2009: Eagle Rock Gallery, LA, Broodwork with mama/baby/dada and Denise Uyehara
2009: Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ: OX ’09
2009: Art Culture Partnership, Tucson, AZ, Dime/Tell Me an evening of Lyrical Disclosures
2009: Historic Y, Tucson, AZ, Performance with La Pocha Nostra
2008: Southside Community Arts Center, Chicago, IL: Displacement with Ni’ja Whitson
2008 MOCA, Tucson AZ, Hunger World, Eliza Jimenez
2008 Teatro Caliente Festival, Phoenix, AZ: Running Blind and Mama/Baby/Dada
2008 Splinter Bros and Sisters Warehouse, Tucson, AZ: Sublimation
2007 The Vic, Chicago, IL: Gurlesque Burlesque
2006 Wingspan, Tucson, AZ: Front Porch Music
2006 The Space on Congress, Tucson, AZ: Aquifer: The Water Show
2005 The Abbey Theater: Gurlesque Burlesque
2005 National Tour: The Mobtown Moxie Revue
2005 The Hothouse, Chicago, IL: The Girlie-Q Variety Hour
2004 PAC/edge Festival of the Performing Arts, Chicago, IL: Second/place with GirlCharlie
2004 Springman Studios, Chicago, IL: No Exit: an adaptation by Burning Doll Theater
2004 The Abbey Theater: Gurlesque Burlesque
2004 The Hothouse, Chicago, IL: Girlie-Q Variety Hour
2004 Tucson. AZ: Headliner, The Sex Worker Arts Festival
2004 The Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA: The Sex Workers’ Art Show
2003 National Tour: The Sex Workers’ Art Show
2003 Tucson, AZ: The Sex Worker Arts Festival
2003 Bi-Annual Estrogen Fest curated by Ann Filmer and Joanie Schultz
2002 Tucson, AZ: The Sex Worker Arts Festival
2002 University of Boulder, CO: The Business of Bodies
2002 Spybar: Whiplash, regular experimental performer
2002 Big Wig: Fetish Blenders, regular experimental performer
2001 Tucson, AZ: The Sex Worker Film Festival
2001 Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL: Ladyfest Midwest

Running Monthly:
2008 to 2010: Dinnerware Gallery, Host and performer, 7-UP Performance Night

Film and Video:
current work with Maria Beatty from Paris, Adam Cooper-Tehran, Sage Reed From Chicago and others

Spoken Word:
1998-2005 Spoken word collaborations with the 512 Collective
1998-currentFrequent performer of individual spoken word and slam poetry

Music:
1999-2005 cellist and multi-instumentalist with the experimental art-pop ensemble the Apartment Burlesque Orchestra.
2004-2005 cellist and multi-instumentalist with The Golden Egg
2002-2005 Frequent collaborator and studio musician with various local and national ensembles
2001-current Performer and composer of music for theater, performance art, and events