Choreographer and Movement Director
Peter Pucci creates movement. With extensive credits in theater, ballet, modern dance, dance education, opera and fashion, Pucci is one of the most experienced choreographers working today. 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.
Peter is currently working on a new commission for the New Mexico Ballet Company in Albuquerque. Recent theatrical productions include: of 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; One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Gregory Boyd at the Alley Theater, Houston. Additional credits include: Antony and Cleopatra directed by Emily Mann at the McCarter Theater; Money Shot directed by Terry Kinney at MCC Theater NYC; and two dance films: Swag n’ Bach: A Path to Choreography and In the Garden for the Dance of Film series at the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Pucci recently completed work on a new NEA funded production of Migration, a group work for 50 dancers to the music of Dawn of Midi. The world premiere of Migration was performed in the 34,000 square-foot Wellness Athletic Center at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Peter also recently completed work on two commissions, Oh Yeah and A Silent Path for the Towson University Dance Company in Baltimore. Other recent commissions include Dream On By with music by Paul Simon for the State Street Ballet in California, PUCCI:SPORT for the New Mexico Ballet, and ballets for Dance Theater of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble in New York City.
Peter has recently been in residency at Towson University as the Rosenberg Fellowship Guest Artist, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and has been a guest artist at Juilliard School of Drama in NYC. Pucci is also a Guest Moderator and Programmer for the Dance On Film Series at Jacob Burns Film Center.
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”.
Recently Peter became the new Executive Director for the Carole Drake Cascio Fund For Mind Movement Dance Connections based in Stevensville Maryland. https://www.carolecasciofund.org/
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