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On February 9, 2014

The experimental theater and dance company, Troika Ranch, performed its innovative work Friday and Saturday evening at the Joan. C Edwards Playhouse as a part of the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival.

Troika Ranch is an arts organization that creates modern, hybrid artworks through an examination of the human body and its relationship to technology.

Nicolle Perrone, committee chair of the fine arts festival, said the theater and dance company was a perfect fit for this year’s festival theme titled “Artists and Audiences in the Information Age.”

“The work is a multimedia performance installation,” Perrone said. “ This is not your traditional theater and dance piece, their work is so innovative. They truly are pioneers in this field.”

Composer and media artist, Marc Coniglio, and, choreographer and media artist Dawn Stoppiello, are the founders of the arts organization and are pioneers in the field now known as dance and technology.

Coniglio and Stoppiello conceptualize and invent much of the technology, techniques and equipment that are used in each performance.

Students and faculty who saw the show saw fellow classmates and professors in the performance.

Perrone is one of the professors who participated in the performance, along with two other professors and three students.

“We have been in residence with this company all week long,” Perrone said. “In addition to that we have had dozens of students in here throughout the day observing rehearsals, talking to the company members and participating as test audience members.”

Perrone encourages all students and faculty to keep up with the Birke Fine Arts Festival calendar and come to as many events as they can.

“The Birke Fine Arts Festival is all about having the ability to bring this kind of talent to campus and sharing it with the university community and the Huntington community,” Perrone said.

All festival events are open to the public until March 6.

Breckin Wells can be contacted at

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