Performances to showcase work of internationally renowned director, choreographer Peter Chu, collaborators
LAS VEGAS – After a two-year hiatus, chuthis. (sic), a nonprofit, project-based dance company showcasing the work of internationally renowned artistic director and choreographer Peter Chu and his collaborators, will premiere a new evening of dance in three parts, appropriately titled “—in3s—.”
Performances will take place from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the 298-seat West Las Vegas Library Theater, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Co-sponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the vibrant, 90-minute program is free to the public.
Combining contemporary, urban and theatrical dance with cutting edge lighting and sound elements, the works comprising “—in3s—“ emphasize the rise and fall of a body influenced by the pull of tempo (i.e., gravity) and share an innate wisdom of the body and mind connection during movement. Enmeshed with striking imagery, the program explores the temporal nature of emotions during times of uncertainty and exposes the audience to unforgiving truths behind physical misunderstandings, inducing moments of bewilderment.
“I’m really excited to be back in Las Vegas with our dance company,” Chu said. “Our last full company show was in 2014, so it’s an exciting time for our dancers to be together again. I find this art we’re creating is important and relevant; it provokes thought, evokes emotions and, most importantly, helps unite our community.”
Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting the West Las Vegas Library Theater prior to show times. For more information, contact the library at 702-507-3980.
Media may schedule special tours, as well as gain access to the choreographer and dancers during rehearsal week Nov. 14 – 17 by contacting Nathan Wildauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-428-1019.
Originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida, 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. 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.
The recipient of the prestigious 2010 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreography, Chu is a 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., which helps promote dance in its home base by offering free public performances as well as providing dance classes, both domestically and abroad, at universities and dance programs.
Last season, Chu served as the rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT), also teaching and choreographing for NDT’s Summer Intensive. Current creations include “Divided Against” for Giordano Dance Chicago and “Floating After Time” for Hubbard Street 2. “Divided Against” premiered at the Harris Theatre Chicago Oct. 28 and 29 to positive reviews. “Floating After Times” was Chu’s creation as the 46th choreographer of Hubbard Street 2’s International Commissioning Project, premiering at the Velodrom Theatre in Regensburg, Germany. Chu also continues to perform, recently appearing in Crystal Pite’s “A Picture of You Falling” for fall for Dance North in Toronto.
Following this chuthis. production of “––in3s––,“ Chu is looking forward to performing “Betroffenheit” with Kidd Pivot and will continue to work with NDT as guest rehearsal director for NDT1, in addition to ongoing chuthis. education programs. A full list of chuthis.’s recent and upcoming performances can be found here.