Florida’s own Peter Chu debuts world premiere work with Orlando Ballet

Award-winning dancer, teacher, and choreographer Peter Chu is thrilled to debut his first-ever world premiere choreographed work with an internationally renowned classically trained ballet company. Chu has been invited by the Orlando Ballet to choreograph a captivating new performance for the company’s world premiere of Hollywood en Pointe, presented at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center from February 15-16, 2013.

“It is an incredible honor to be working with Orlando Ballet’s Artistic Director, Robert Hill, and the full company of accomplished dancers,” says Chu. “As a native of Florida, I consider it a true privilege to return to my home state to make my choreographic debut with a professional ballet company of this stature.” Conceived and principally choreographed by Robert Hill, Hollywood en Pointe features choreography by Chu and Orlando Ballet company dancer Arcadian Broad. An elegant evening of dance inspired by classical Hollywood cinema, the performance is set to some of the silver screen’s most cherished scores from yesteryear and modern day and honours the widespread legends of Hollywood just in time to celebrate the 85th Academy Awards.

Chu capitalizes on both his commercial and concert dance experience and signature choreographic style – electric, pulsing, and stirring movements – to create this never-before-seen work. “I have had the fortune of working with some of the world’s most talented,
inspiring, and invigorating performers,” says Chu. “Yet it has always been my lifelong goal to work with a classically trained ballet company. To be able to marry my unique dance aesthetic with the expertise of this ballet company is truly a dream come true.”
With a style that is at once both jolting and fluid, Chu’s mercurial approach to dance has achieved critical success on both the commercial and concert stage. He has traveled the world with Montreal’s innovative BJM_Danse and Crystal Pite’s risk-taking Kidd Pivot. He has also worked as a featured performer in Celine Dion’s Vegas triumph A New Day and Christina Perri’s haunting Jar of Hearts music video.

The world premiere performance, with works by Chu, Artistic Director Robert Hill, and company dancer Arcadian Broad, is presented at Orlando’s Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre from Feb. 15-16, 2013.

Tickets range from $20-$90 and can be purchased online at www.orlandoballet.org/tickets

About chuthis: Founded in 2008, chuthis. is a project-based dance company, founded and under the artistic leadership of dancer and choreographer Peter Chu. Featuring six remarkably talented dancers, who have performed with Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, the Rockettes, among others, and toured Europe’s most prestigious venues. Chuthis. has performed its critically acclaimed show Nothing Sticks to enthusiastic audiences in New York City and Vancouver, B.C. The company will tour Nothing Sticks, inspired by the vaudevillian era and choreographed by Peter Chu, across the U.S. this spring. Visit www.chuthis.net.

About Orlando Ballet:Established in 1974, Orlando Ballet is the professional resident ballet company in the Greater Orlando area. The Orlando-based organization employs a full-time company of national and international dancers, performing both full-length classical ballets and contemporary repertoire programs. Via its mission, Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural growth of Florida through the highest quality of dance. Visit www.orlandoballet.org.