Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program Master Class Series
Choreographer, dancer, and artistic director Peter Chu will lead a master class that will provide a deep understanding of the rapid yet fluid actions his works demand and to actualize the movement qualities prominent in his choreography. The class will guide participants by fusing personal discovery, technical understanding, and body/mind familiarity, all the while focusing on free form movement and composition of space. Mr. Chu’s class will further the dancer's gentle, mindful approach to movement and strengthen their emotional control and the ability to be out of control when required to do so.
Chu's works depict moving the body against the resistance of water and demonstrate resultant enhanced physical awareness. Physical sensibility and liquid-like qualities guide the body to create silent and seamless—yet powerful—movement.
This class is for dancers age 18 + and open to all levels of experience.
Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers. First-come, first-served, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate Students.
About Peter Chu
Peter Chu is a distinguished choreogrpaher and performer who strives to push the physical bounds of dance. He received his BFA from The Juilliard School (under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy), and has danced with Ballets Jazz Montréal and EZdanza, as the lead in Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts music video, in Celine Dion’s Vegas spectacular A New Day, and with Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot.
In 2008, Chu formed a Las Vegas project-based company—chuthis. His multi-disciplinary dance company combines innovative lighting and sound with live contemporary movement. Chuthis also provides movement classes at universities and dance programs domestically and abroad and hosts its own annual movement intensive.
Recipient of the 2010 A.C.E. Capezio Award, Chu was also honored as selected choreographer for the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival (directed by Linda Kent) and choreographed for the ninth and tenth seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. He has created pieces for Naomi Stikeman (Çaturn; consulted by Robert Lepage), Orlando Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, Houston Met Dance Company, and New Dialect. He has also created for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) Summer Intensive (2013, 2014, 2016), Springboard Danse Montréal (principal company), Western Michigan University, The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Brigham Young University Contemporary Dance Theatre, Southern University of Utah, and Alvin Ailey Certificate Program.
Teaching highlights include Harvard University, Hubbard Street Studio Series, The Dance Teacher Summit, and Movement Invention Project in NYC.
Last season, Chu enjoyed serving as the rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater 2. He recently created works for Giordano Dance Chicago (Divided Against) and Hubbard Street 2 (Floating After Times). In October, Chu performed Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling for Fall for Dance North (Toronto). Following the November production of chuthis.’ new work ––in3s––, he is looking forward to performing Betroffenheit with Kidd Pivot and excited to continue working with NDT as Guest Rehearsal Director for NDT1, both in the Spring of 2017.
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