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In Conversation with Luis Valverde

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Luis Valverde on September 28-30, 2018 for PUSHfest Program A at ODC Theater in San Francisco. 


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.

I have been in love with dance and music from the Andes since 1991. I became a member and later an instructor for the San Marcos University in Lima. In 2000 I moved to San Francisco and began performing with local South American dance companies. I later founded my own company and have been teaching, performing and researching mostly in the Bay Area.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?

Even though I have specialized in indigenous dances I have chosen a mestizo dance piece which highlights the contrast between these two variants of the dance form. The use of elaborated embroidered costumes is also a particular feature to expect for our piece.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography?

Although every aspect of life influences my work, music is my major source of inspiration. my work is centered on traditional, indigenous dances with steps that have been performed for centuries the choreographic challenge is linked to the right music to express what comes from inside me.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?

Definitively a writer.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?

Love to choreograph. Always put all the blood in it. Don’t mind the rest when creating.

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