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In Conversation with Peri Trono

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Peri Trono on September 20-22, 2019 for PUSHfest Program A at ODC Theater in San Francisco. Photo by Baldwin Diep


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
I began dancing in Marin County where I was raised. I later went to UC Irvine for my BFA in Dance and Choreography. I am currently a dancer for The Fyber Vision, pateldanceworks, STEAMROLLER Dance Company and Kitty Conlon.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?The audiences can look forward to soul searching, interaction with clay, frustration with oneself

Photo by Terra Deal

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography?
In this piece, vulnerability and clay as a medium to show this

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
Fashion design merchandising (FIDM)

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
Always trust the process.