Originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida, Peter Chu is a distinguished artist who strives to push the physical
bounds of dance. He began his training as a competitive gymnast, later nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio where his evolution into dance began. As a BFA student at The Juilliard School (under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy), Chu was pushed further as a technical mover and began an explosive journey into choreography. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. Chu is a remarkable and multi-faceted artist. As a performer, he has danced with BJM_Danse 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. Chu presented his newest works, Face Her and Smile Masking, under a residency partnership with the Las Vegas—Clark County Library District and later premiered the works at Festival International DansEncore. Chuthis. also provides movement classes at universities and dance programs domestically and abroad plus hosts its own annual movement intensive. The chuthis. Movement Intensive fosters technical/artistic development and mind/body familiarity while igniting an adventurous side of dance. Recently, Peter implemented chuthis. Moves, 2-3 day customized workshops that emphasize movement education.
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-2014, 2017), 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, Axis Connect, The Dance Teacher Summit, and Movement Invention Project in NYC.
Most recently, Chu served as the Rehearsal Director for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and as a Guest Rehearsal Director for NDT1. He also created works for Giordano Dance Chicago (Divided Against) and Hubbard Street 2 (Floating After Times). Additionally, Chu performed Crystal Pite’s works A Picture of You Falling and Betroffenheit in Canada and Europe. This season, Chu premiered a new creation for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and is looking forward to premiering a new work for Charlotte Ballet, as well as continuing to develop work with his own company, chuthis.
Chu is an artist-in-residence at Harvard Dance Center in the Spring 2018 creating a new work on The Harvard Dance Project, along with choreographers Chanel DaSilva and Shamel Pitts. Performances will take place at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St, on April 26-29, 2018.
Photo credit: Levi Walker