Choreographer Peter Chu creates works that push the physical bounds of movement with contrasting sharp and liquid-like energy that expands, contracts, isolates, and undulates. Partnering exchanges and an innate wisdom of the body & mind play significant roles in Chu’s works. He is a dance maker inspired by the temporal nature of emotions experienced within movement enmeshed with striking imagery to provoke thought.
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.
In order to more deeply understand the rapid yet mercurial actions his pieces demand and to actualize the movement qualities prominent in his work, Peter provides a guided chuthis. ideas class. This journey fuses his research and discoveries that have been acquired over the years focusing on controlled breathing, composition of the body, composition of space, mind/body familiarity, and Qigong and Tai chi principles. Being introduced to these ideas will further the dancer’s gentle, tranquil approach to movement and strengthen the dancers’ emotional control and the ability to be out of control when required to do so.
For all levels of experience. Participants must be age 18 or over. Participation is free and open to the Boston dance community.
Please note that this class is closed to observers. If you are interested in observing a master class, please see the full list of master classes offered.
Due to limited class capacity, online registration is required. First-come, first-served, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate Students.
This class is offered as part of the Harvard Dance Center Spring 2018 Master Class Series, supported in part by The Office for the Arts (OFA) and The Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities at Harvard University.
ABOUT PETER CHU
Born in the Bronx, NY, & raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Peter began his training as a competitive gymnast, later nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio. Upon graduation from The Juilliard School, he performed with Ballet Jazz de Montreal Danse, EZdanza, Aszure Barton & Artists, Kidd Pivot, & in Celine Dion’s Vegas spectacular A New Day. In 2008, Peter formed a Las Vegas project base dance company, chuthis., which showcases the work of Chu & his collaborators. Chu created works for Orlando Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, SYTYCD, Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn, Houston MET Dance, New Dialect, SALT Contemporary Dance, NDT Summer Intensive, Springboard Danse Montreal, & The Juilliard School, among others.
This season, Chu looks forward to premiering new creations for The Harvard Dance Project at Harvard University (April 26-29)and Charlotte Ballet II. Peter recently presented Space, In Perspective––a full evening installation work, set on Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.
Image: Peter Chu. Photo credit: Levi Walker.