ASIA OLIVIA PYRON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEFANIE BELNAVIS / THE DIAHANN PROJECT
As an Emerging Choreographer and Artistic Director of PYDANCE, I aim to foster a mind-body connection in dance performance and undergo a creative process that immerses each dancer in their own role throughout the work.
While attending Interlochen Arts Academy, I experienced being surrounded by other artists of various forms while training as a dancer. Constant collaboration and exposure to different artistic processes changed my view on performance art and sparked the interest in how deep an artist can submerge themselves into their work. I create with the intention that each dancer plays a specific role that is uniquely created for them. In preparation of performing their character, I engage in lectures and open dialogue to instill the mental connection while also exploring movement that reflects the mindset, creating a mind-body connection through contemporary dance.I believe this strengthens a dancer’s sense of ownership by taking every performance as an invitation to share apart of themselves, knowing their character is based on their experiences.
I strive to create theatrical dance shows that speak to everyone who views it and temporarily pulls them into the world that has been created by the performers. I’m in the process of establishing the collective in the city of Nashville, producing projects that continue my mission. I believe that my work will benefit dancers of all kinds in the Nashville community and will present dance to the public in ways they’ve never experienced before.
Asia Pyron is a freelance choreographer and the director of PYDANCE. Asia is originally from Atlanta, GA but received most of her early training at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. After graduating highschool, Asia attended the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Performance and Composition in 2020. During her time in Boston, she formed her dance collective, PYDANCE, and performed in local dance festivals such as the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Onstage360, and the Boston Conservatory WinterWorks concerts. Asia has been a guest artist for multiple companies such as the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, DanceLab NY, VLA Dance, and QuarIntensive. She has also been a finalist in various choreography competitions such as Choreography Online, the UNCSA Summer Residency program, and the Mare Nostrum Elements: Emerging Choreographers Series. Asia currently resides in Nashville, TN, where she continues to create work for PYDANCE and other dance organizations throughout the country.
Photography by Stefanie Belnavis / The Diahann Project
Recent Choreographic Experiences
March 2021 - May 2021
Jan 2021-March 2021
Mare Nostrum Elements: Emerging Choreographers Series
Asia Pyron was selected for the ECS program and has been awarded a resident commission with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.
PYDANCE will have it's New York debut performance in May 2021.
Marin School of Arts, Dance Department
As a featured Guest Artist, Asia Pyron has been working virtually with dance students of MSA.
DanceLab New York: November Nexus Labs
Asia Pyron was a featured choreographer for week-long virtual residency
with four core members of DLNY.