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Harvard Crimson

Painting With Motion


Nejla Yatkin shares her choreographic process with Hecmedia

New City Journal

Transformation From Within: Nejla Yatkin’s “Conference of the Birds” Experiences the Lakefront with Fresh Senses.

Chicago Reader

Chicago choreographer returns to Chicago to celebrate the beauty of the lakefront...



How do you make actors dance on air?

Theater Mania
"Nejla Yatkin's high-flying choreography is technically impressive while pushing the story (a dance performed on crutches is particularly memorable).

New York Times
"charmingly choreographed by Nejla Yatkin"

Huffington Post
....the boys, who are able to nimbly dance on air Nejla Yatkin’s athletically delicate choreography....

Talking Broadway
And the choreography, courtesy of the inventive Nejla Yatkin, is difficult. Iwata possesses a delicate sensibility that heightens Yatkin's precise footwork while Saboo's physicality is impressive.

Curtain Up
"Nejla Yatkin's choreography is astounding and graceful"

Asbury Park Press
"Choreographer Nejla Yatkin has the challenging task of creating beauty in a horrible environment – and she succeeds."

Nejla Yatkin in the News (past)

"Nejla Yatkin doesn't disappear for an instant, not within a role and not under the impact of movement. She's a performer inside and outside, from a piercing gaze to expressive shoulder blades and from the coils of her long black hair to her finger tips and toes. As a dancer, she measures on a major scale, thanks to a strong, long body and the amplitude she sustains. Watching her can become hypnotic, even off stage". -Dance View Times

"Ms. Yatkin is a magician, telling tales and creating worlds with understated images. She is behind more than choreography." - New York Times

"Before a full house Sunday at Dance Place, Nejla Y. Yatkin's show was innovative in both form and content" - The Washington Post

"Choreographically Yatkin used the entire stage as she created her luminous images, framed in dramatic clarity and passion" - New York Times Journal

"In her five year retrospective Yatkin danced three of her solos, her dancing and conceptual designs broad enough to encompass juxtapositions and multiple characters." - Washington Post

"Nejla Yatkin brings to the stage an exotic air, an erotic note and an artistic intellect that's stiletto sharp." - DanceViewTimes

"Echoes' is not a complex work, but it demonstrates the possibilities of Yatkin's visual and choreographic sensibilities. She has a sharp eye for designed elements, an introspective soul and exceptional technical capabilities." - Lisa Tragier

"Ms. Yatkin is a serious artist who tackles important themes in a way that is highly intellectual but always vividly provocative and dramatic." - Washington Times

"Each of the three works -- one by modern dance legend Jose Limon, two by Yatkin -- was a multilayered experience, and together they left a lasting impression of a woman with a distinctive voice in firm control of her art," - Washington Post

"Wheather she nested on the ground, arms undulating swan-like on the cushion of her black tulle skirt, or stood up to step out of that skirt into freedom, each motion was drawn slowly, carefullt, deliberately." - DanceView Times

"Her body floats as her skirt, but what is most extraordinary are the muscalr strength. steely focus and precision underlying the loveliness....." - Washington Post

"...Given current events it was Americans, not surprisingly, who caught the eye with their statement dances. Nejla Yatkin's "After" was a ravishing solo reflecting on the aftermath of 9/11. A magnificent fusion of dance, video and text fragments, Washington-based Yatkin's metaphor was a linr of empty shoes, and when she added her own to the line, and faded back into the darkness, it was profoundly moving moment..." - Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail, Toronto

"Nejla Yatkinspromising choreographiy displayed in her Saturday Dance Place show 'Gravity' proved whoy she's quickly gained a place in Washington dance..." - Washington Post

"The developing D.C.-based choreographer pulls from a rich accumulation of dance tradition: from Turkish folk dance to classic Americanmodern forms, including the Martha Graham and Jose Limon techniques, to the expressionistic modern dance tradition of Germany and the apocalyptic theeatricality of Japanese butoh." - Washington Post

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