PETER PUCCI

Choreographer and Movement Director

Peter Pucci creates movement. With extensive credits in contemporary dance, theater, ballet, and dance education, Pucci is one of the most experienced and versatile choreographers working today.

Peter is also the director of Discovery Through Movement (DTM) a natural movement workshop program for organizations and colleges looking to strengthen creativity, collaboration and connectivity within a group.

PETER PUCCI

Choreographer and Movement Director

Peter Pucci creates movement. With extensive credits in contemporary dance, theater, ballet, and dance education, Pucci is one of the most experienced and versatile choreographers and working today.

Peter is also the director of Discovery Through Movement (DTM) a natural movement workshop program for organizations and colleges looking to strengthen creativity, collaboration, and connectivity within a group.

Recent dance company commissions include a NEA funded production of Migration, a group work for 50 dancers, Dream On By for the State Street Ballet in California, PUCCI:SPORT for the New Mexico Ballet, and new ballets for Dance Theater of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble in New York City.

Pucci is a Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Choreography and a Lucille Lortel Awardee for Outstanding Choreographer for his work on Queens Boulevard. Pucci also received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans’ Home Cycle.

Recent dance company commissions include a NEA funded production of Migration, a group work for 50 dancers, Dream On By for the State Street Ballet in California, PUCCI:SPORT for the New Mexico Ballet, and new ballets for Dance Theater of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble in New York City.

Pucci is a Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Choreography and a Lucille Lortel Awardee for Outstanding Choreographer for his work on Queens Boulevard. Pucci also received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans’ Home Cycle.

PHOTOS OF PUCCI DANCES

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Trio For Time
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AWARDS

Pucci nominated for the 2017 SDCF Zelda Fischandler Award

Pucci awarded Special Drama Desk Award for his work on Orphan’s Home Cycle

Pucci awarded Westchester Artist of the Year from ArtsWestchester

Pucci nominated for Outstanding Choreographer for the Drama Desk Award

Pucci awarded Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway: Outstanding Choreographer Peter Pucci, Queens Boulevard (the musical)

Pucci nominated for Outstanding Choreographer for the Joe A. Callaway Award

AWARDS

Pucci nominated for the 2017 SDCF Zelda Fischandler Award

Pucci awarded Special Drama Desk Award for his work on Orphan’s Home Cycle

Pucci awarded Westchester Artist of the Year from ArtsWestchester

Pucci nominated for Outstanding Choreographer for the Drama Desk Award

Pucci awarded Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway: Outstanding Choreographer Peter Pucci, Queens Boulevard (the musical)

Pucci nominated for Outstanding Choreographer for the Joe A. Callaway Award

NEW PROJECTS COMING SOON

Peter Pucci

Peter will be creating a new ballet for the New Mexico Ballet Company in Albuquerque in September 2021.

Also, he will create a new commission for the University of Richmond’s Theatre & Dance department’s University Dancers in the spring of 2022

Currently, Peter is working on new choreography for two short dance films that will premiere this year.

 

Recent theatrical productions include: Curse of the Starving Class, Directed by Terry Kinney at the Signature Theatre, NYC and Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Age of Innocence directed by Doug Hughes at Hartford Stage, Master Harold and the Boys directed by Athol Fugard at the Signature Theatre; Incognito directed by Doug Hughes Off Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club; Desire, directed by Michael Wilson Off Broadway at 59E59.

Peter Pucci - Crow Stand

One of Pucci’s greatest strengths as a choreographer is his ability to spark an interest in dance among diverse audiences. His work is imbued with a sense of athleticism and humor that, combined with a keen and thoughtful vision and a true integration of music and dance, makes his work appeal to a wide range of ages and backgrounds – both for dance novices and dance aficionados.

Peter Pucci - Crow Stand

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

Testimonial 1

“Mr. Pucci draws his audience into the world of a performer of unmistakable intelligence, integrity and sensitivity. He is a choreographer with a sense of humor and of deft observation”

~ The New York Times

Testimonial 2

“BalletMet certainly has a hit on its hands with its newest acquisition: Peter Pucci’s marvelous Suite Mizike. Pucci not only captured the flavor of the music, he captured the personality of the company. This is the must see of the year.”

~ The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Testimonial 4

“Scoring big for Alberta Ballet was Peter Pucci’s sensational Lifted by Love, a contemporary gem set to the music of k.d. lang. Pucci explores Lang’s belief that sexuality and love rule supreme. The ballet is bouncy and brutal and yearning all at the same time. It was a joy to watch.”

~ The Leader-Post, Montreal

Testimonial 5

“Colorado Ballet closed the evening with the premiere of Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit. Using social dance infused with ballet, Pucci seeks a hybrid style that reflects the enduring spirit of swing in dance today. Witty, racy, romantic and dazzling, this intricately crafted piece shows another facet of this versatile choreographer.”

~ Dance Magazine, USA

Testimonial 6

“In Picture of Sedalia, Peter Pucci’s choreography is polished, showing both originality and Mr. Pucci’s roots in Pilobolus. It is a strange piece, promising to be a crowd pleaser set to Scott Joplin’s ragtime but full of dark surprises.”

~ The New York Times

Testimonial 7

“The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago presented a world premiere from Peter Pucci’s steamy pas de deux from Billboards. The music was great, and Pucci has done an excellent job of blending contemporary dance and classical ballet. I don’t know what this billboard is supposed to be selling, but I want it.”

~ Detroit Free Press, Michigan

Testimonial 8

“Ballet Arizona’s sold-out crowd gave a rare standing ovation for Pucci’s breathtaking Trio for the End of Time. The sheer force of Pucci¹s choreography was well matched by the prowess of his dancers.

~ Dance Magazine, USA

Testimonial 9

“For the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Pucci has created some very different works. Moon of the Falling Leaves is a facet of Pucci that hasn’t been seen in this area before. Moon is a work that addresses Native America and its oppression by the European society that confronted it. Pucci has taken ideas of Native American philosophy and incorporated them into an abstract and stunning visual work for four men.”

~ The Denver Post, Colorado

Testimonial 10

“Pucci likes to make moving bodies create clear shapes in space, shapes that can be ingenious, surprising, or poignant…something for dancegoers of all ages.”

~ The New York Times

Testimonial 11

“Lifted by Love, a premiere by Peter Pucci, is a pop ballet with a difference: streamlined and sensual, but soulful in its depiction of human relationships. Pucci’s elegant style and contemporary sensibility find a compatible match with the forward-thinking Alberta Ballet.”

~ Dance Magazine USA

Testimonial 12

“Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit is about the sweet generosity of spirit and comes across as a love letter from the choreographer to an era we now look back to as an age of innocence.”

~ The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

Testimonial 13

“Pucci likes to make moving bodies create clear shapes in space, shapes that can be ingenious, surprising, or poignant…something for dancegoers of all ages.”

~ The New York Times

Pucci is known as a Choreographer/Movement Director who works exceptionally well with actors, dancers, opera singers, models – both those with movement experience and those with no movement training. He is able to collaborate closely with Directors to create theatrically appropriate movement for the performers that capitalizes on their innate movement quality while staying true to the vision of the production – giving the actors/dancers/singers/models or anyone he works with, movement that is appropriate for their characters as well as for their abilities. Pucci refers to his way of working as ability appropriate movement for the moment .