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The Program in Dance presents an exciting and innovative, reimagined virtual edition of the annual Princeton Dance Festival featuring six diverse, professional choreographers who have created new dances with Princeton students despite the restrictions of the COVID pandemic.

Led by Peter Chu, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Dean Moss, Silas Riener, and Olivier Tarpaga, students explore the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site based work, and music. Each evening is a completely different and unique experience followed by a question and answer session with the choreographers.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

November 23, 2020 at 8:30 PM — Choreography by Peter Chu

December 3, 2020 at 8:00 PM — led by Francesca Harper

December 4, 2020 at 8:00 PM — led by Rebecca Lazier + Dean Moss

December 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM — Choreography by Merce Cunningham staged by Silas Riener + choreography by Olivier Tarpaga

 

PRINCETON DANCE FESTIVAL REIMAGINED: Led by PETER CHU

Peter Chu’s project, Welcome HOME: The Princeton Series, is a thought-provoking yet playful journey that evokes the viewer’s spatial perception. In this live-streamed performance, scenes change with precision timing and careful orchestration to transport viewers through viscerally charged worlds. Welcome HOME celebrates raw, curious, and honest communication!

 

JOIN THE EVENT

All festival events are free and open to the public. Performances will take place on Zoom Webinar; registration required. Separate Zoom registration required for each event in the festival. Live audience Q+A on Zoom follows each performance.

REGISTER FOR THE PETER CHU EVENT

Note: For the best experience, please plan to watch this performance on a computer. Watching on a phone or tablet may provide limited viewing possibilities. Also make sure that your computer is running updated Zoom software (version 5.4 or higher).

 

ACCESSIBILITY

closed captioningPre-recorded content will be closed captioned and live performances and conversations will be open captioned. Guests needing other access accommodations in order to participate in this event are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.

 

 

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER

peter wearing black seated with arms over knees

Photo by Levi Walker

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 BJM Danse, EZdanza, Aszure Barton & Artists, Kidd Pivot, & in Celine Dion ’s Vegas spectacular, A New Day. Peter can be seen as the lead in Christina Perri ’s Jar of Hearts music video.

In 2008, Peter formed a Las Vegas project based dance company, chuthis., which showcases the work of Chu & his collaborators. chuthis. also provides movement education programs which foster technical & artistic development.

Chu has been an honoured recipient of choreographic awards & commissions, including the Hector Zaraspe Prize, A.C.E. Capezio Award, & Hubbard Street Dance International Commission Project. He was also named a Blodgett Distinguished Artist by Harvard University for 2018. Additionally, Chu has served as the Rehearsal Director for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and as a Guest Rehearsal Director for NDT1.

Chu has created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Charlotte Ballet, Staatstheater Augsburg, Germany, Orlando Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, Charlotte Ballet II, SYTYCD, Houston MET Dance, New Dialect, SALT Contemporary Dance, HSPro, Harvard University, Point Park University, & The Juilliard School, among others.

Last season, Chu premiered works for Giordano Dance Chicago & Gibney Dance Company and choreographed for Cirque du Soleil’s Vitori in Malta. He is currently commissioned to create for Paul Taylor Dance Company, and he will develop a new work with his own company, chuthis.

VIDEO

Event Poster

Six performers appear in a grid inside their homes on a poster

Presented By

  • Program in Dance