Troika Ranch was founded by composer Mark Coniglio and choreographer Dawn Stoppiello in 1993. The duo derived the name from the hybrid of dance/theater/media (Troika) and cooperative interaction (the Ranch). The performance ensemble attempts to create a fusion between technology/media and the body in a way that confronts contemporary society. Troika Ranch is considered an innovator in the 1990s movement of Dance and Technology. They performed at The Kitchen in 1998 as part of Techno Passion Month.