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In Conversation with Peri Trono

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Peri Trono in collaboration with JP Alejandro on Wednesday November 18, 2020 LIVE at 6 PM. Photo by Baldwin Diep.

This Fall, join us for PUSHfest Global, our virtual dance festival featuring 18 choreographers from the Bay Area and beyond. From October 7 through November 18, each Wednesday evening at 6 PM meet a new group of PUSHfest Artists for dynamic conversations about dance and activism. | Tickets & More Here

Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
I began dancing ballet in my hometown of Marin County and later trained in a variety of styles in San Francisco. I attended UC Irvine where I received my BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance. While dancing at UC Irvine, I worked with Loretta Livingston and guest choreographers from Isreal including Idan Cohen and Noa Shiloh. Upon graduating UC Irvine in 2018, I have since presented work in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York as well as performed with Elke Calvert, STEAMROLLER Dance Company, Bhumi Patel and Gerald Casel.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?
Push, Pull and Listening.

Photo by Kyle Adler

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography? What are you curious about?
I am always inspired by gestures or people I see while out and about. I find natural human movements as great starting points for movement.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
If I hadn’t chosen to be a Choreographer or in the Arts, I probably would be sitting around wondering why I wasn’t in the Arts. I find the Arts to be full of people who are inspired by those that want to make a change in this world for the better and are brave enough to put their thoughts on the table.

What does your work respond to or activate within this world or yourself?
My work responds to the inner analyzing of the self. It questions the human condition and almost always is inspired by people I see as I go through life, wondering where that person is from, what they stand for, what they are thinking and so on. I find my work is a response to what I see within my world.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
Always keep your eyes open. Let the process unfold even if it is not how you may have planned or imagined.

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Peri Trono received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine and was awarded an Arts Excellence Award for Choreography upon graduating in 2016. She is currently choreographing her own work and dancing for The Fyber Vision: Dance/Artist Collective.