chuthis. Repertoire

 
 

Photo by Sacha Grootjans

Paper cuts in an empty bag (40 minutes)


Choreographed & Directed by | Peter Chu
Premiere | November 2106 — Las Vegas – Clark County Library District
Dancers | Jenni Berthelot, Haley Heckethorn, Krystal Matsuyama, Jillian Meyers
Composer/Music Producer | Jean-François (Djeff) Houle
Sampled music | Creek Lullaby (Margaret), Shortin’ Bread (Ora Dell Graham), Sea Lion Woman (Christine & Katherine Shipp), Piano Improvisation (Jan Schouten), You Send Me (Aretha Franklin — written by Sam Cooke)
Lighting | Eric Chad

 

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.


Produced by chuthis. in partnership with Las Vegas – Clark County Library District.


Photo by Sacha Grootjans

Forming In* (11 minutes)


Choreographed & Directed by | Peter Chu
chuthis. Premiere | November 2106 — Las Vegas – Clark County Library District
Dancers | Jenni Berthelot, Haley Heckethorn, Krystal Matsuyama, Jillian Meyers
Composer/Music Producer | Djeff Houle, Ólafur Arnalds
Music Samples | Verses (Ólafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott)
Lighting | Eric Chad

 

Submersed in our most abundant substance, water, Forming In plays with the rise and fall of a body influenced by the pull of tempo. A moving body against the resistance of water enhances physical awareness. Range of movement is expanded, distorted, and smeared as floating patterns form within during times of uncertainty.


*Forming In was initially choreographed for Brigham Young University.


Photo by Sacha Grootjans

Two Yous* (16 minutes)


Choreographed & Directed by | Peter Chu
chuthis. Premiere | November 2106 — Las Vegas – Clark County Library District
Dancers | Jenni Berthelot, Jillian Meyers
Composer/Music Producer | Jean-François (Djeff) Houle
Lighting | Eric Chad

 

Wrestling with the past, a heightened sense of urgency is driven by the inability to control behavioural patterns. Two Yous pushes the physical bounds of movement with sharp liquid-like energy the expands, contracts and undulates. An involuntary slip of the mind seduces bewilderment.


*Two Yous was initially choreographed for New Dialect.


Face Her (8 minutes 30 seconds)


Choreographed & Directed by | Peter Chu
Avant-premiere | March 2105 — Las Vegas – Clark County Library District
Premiere | June 2015 — Festival International DansEncore, Québec, Canada
Performers | Jenni Berthelot
Sound Designer | Djeff Houle
Additional music | Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Lighting & Projection Designer | Eric Chad

 

Facial appearance is vital for human recognition and communication. 
In Face Her, a woman reflects upon repeated patterns as touching drops wash away.


Produced by chuthis. Creation sponsored by Las Vegas – Clark County Library District.


Smile Masking (45 minutes)


Choreographed & Directed by | Peter Chu
Avant-premiere | March 2105— Las Vegas – Clark County Library District
Premiere | June 2015 — Festival International DansEncore, Québec, Canada
Performers | Peter Chu (accompanied by Jenni Berthelot)
Composer | Djeff Houle
Additional music | Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, Chauncey Grey, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ern Westmore, Ólafur Arnalds
Lighting & Projection Designer | Eric Chad
Costume Design & Construction | Linda Chow

 

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.


Produced by chuthis. Creation sponsored by Las Vegas – Clark County Library District and The Cultch, Vanouver, BC.


Nothing Sticks (90 minutes with intermission)


Choreographed & Directed by | Peter Chu
Premiere | 2011 — Roseland Ballroom, New York City
Original Cast | Jenni Berthelot, Jill Chu, Pam Chu, Peter Chu, Stephen Hernandez, Jillian Meyers, Rebecca Niziol, Matthew Peacock
Re-work | November 2014 — West Las Vegas Library Theatre, Las Vegas
Performers | Jenni Berthelot, Pam Chu, Peter Chu, Savannah Harrison, Jillian Meyers, Matthew Peacock
Composer | Jean-François (Djeff) Houle
Additional music | Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt, Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson, Ernest Breuer, Ole Olsen, Chick Johnson, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Diane Dowda
Lighting Designer | Erika Courtney
LED Lighting System Designer | Steel Wallis
Projection Designers | Andrew Atienza, Jeff Tidwell
Set Designers | Steve Huntsman, Derek Mack
Costume Designer & Construction | Linda Chow

 

Exploring the temporal nature of entertainment and life, this work tackles the complexities of impermanence and the human tendency to doubt even our own perception of reality. Ideas, thoughts, and sensations break up into flowing, smooth, liquid-like energy that expands, contracts, undulates, and vibrates. This multi-disciplinary show combines innovative lighting and sound with live contemporary theatrical movement.

Nothing in this world is permanent. Just as stars form and collapse, continents shift and climates change, our minds evolve and relationships come and go. We live in a world of constant flux. Understanding that we and others may change, we can recognise and accept when a different approach or a “new sketch” is needed.


Produced by chuthis. with generous support from:

| 2011 & 2012 |
Digital Theatre LLC, Capezio A.C.E. Awards, Break The Floor Productions, Signature Productions, Tuacahn Performing Arts, Bunker Dance Center, Dances for a Small Stage and several private donors.

| 2014 |
Digital Theatre LLC, Bunker Dance Center and several private donors.