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May 24 & 25 | Center for Dance

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Highly acclaimed choreographer Peter Chu, who joined Charlotte Ballet for Innovative Works this season and our Rite of Spring collaboration with Reach students and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra last season, is returning to Charlotte to present his company, chuthis.

Charlotte Ballet is thrilled to present chuthis. at the Center for Dance May 24 & 25 as the company performs two works — Smile Masking and paper cuts in an empty bag.

“Chu’s choreography is aesthetically pleasing, yet undeniably difficult in nature… I can only hope this show continues to run so everyone can have a chance to be in the audience.” — Dance Informa Magazine

chuthis. promotes cutting-edge contemporary dance that pushes the physical boundaries of movement with sharp expanding, contracting, and undulating liquid-like energy, enmeshed in striking imagery to provoke thought.



Along with the performance, Peter Chu and his company will also offer a master class for dance students at the Center for Dance. This Intermediate/advanced Contemporary Master Class is for dancers ages 12-18 and is on Saturday, May 25 from 1:30 – 3 PM. Dancers should be prepared to move! Preferred footwear is socks or ballet slippers.

To sign up for the master class you must first purchase a ticket to either the Friday or Saturday performances. The performance is $20 general admission and the master class is $20 per person.

Space is limited so sign up for the master class soon! Buy a ticket to the performance and you’ll get an option to sign up for the masterclass.  Buy Now




about the works

Smile Masking

Initially inspired by the attitudes and passions of performers from old Las Vegas coupled
with the famous venues that have a rich history of presenting these iconic artists, this solo
work exposes the audience to authentic and unforgiving truths about control and obsession.
Doubting reality and running with the danger of glorifying false appearances, a character
explores the highs and lows of smile masking.


paper cuts in an empty bag

Torn and ripped with burden, these figures represent the responsibilities we carry during
divided times. Paper cuts in an empty bag exposes the fragility of character as waving
emotions groove through fragmented sounds. Isolated ripples in the body extend from the
one sound, the inner rhythm that reminds us to openly express why we move.




Peter Chu Born in the Bronx, NY, and raised in Cocoa Beach, FL, 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, and 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 and commissions, including the Hector Zaraspe Prize, A.C.E. Capezio Award, and 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 II, Orlando Ballet  Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, SYTYCD, Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn, Houston MET Dance, New Dialect, SALT Contemporary Dance, Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, Springboard Danse Montreal, Harvard Univeristy, Point Park University and The Juilliard School, among others. This season, Chu looks forward to premiering new creations for Charlotte Ballet, Staatstheater Augsburg, Germany and HSPro. He will also be working on a creation with his own company, chuthis.


$20 General Admission
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Run Time

1 hour and 45 minutes


Appropriate for all ages