Premiere: November 10 - 11, 2017 Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto Created by Peter Chin, this work embodies and honours the words uttered by Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, a young man of 23 years. In May 2017, Taliesin, along with two other men, had been defending two Muslim girls against the racist aggression of a white supremacist on public transit in Portland, Oregon. The aggressor turned on the three men, attacking them with a knife. As Taliesin lay bleeding to death.
Premiere: March 11 - 12, 2017 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Here I Stand in Time Phnom Penh is a contemporary sacred dance performed in three public sites on the streets of Phnom Penh including the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This healing series of dances was created by Peter Chin in collaboration with thirty-five dancers and musicians of Amrita Performing Arts Phnom Penh.
Premiere: January 14, 2017 Mandala Agung Venue, Ubud Bali, Indonesia Peter Chin performed his solo work, Where? With All as part of the All about Dance series, described as "A special day honouring the power of dance to heal, move energy, create joy, bridge communities and cultures, share wisdom and celebrate life." "Peter's performance at the Mandala Agung was flawless as always, rich and soulful...I just hope that Ubud will be blessed to see his return in the future." Savitri Devi
Premiere: September 24 - 26, 2015 Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto presented by DanceWorks Tour: October 3, 2015, Alcalá Theatre, Oaxaca Mexico, presented by Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú and Textile Museum of Oaxaca Inspired by the intertwined threads of woven art in Cambodia, Indonesia, Mexico and Canada. "There is only one word to describe Woven, and that word is stunning." - Paula Citron
Premiere: April 9 - 11 & 15 - 18, 2015 Commissioned for Toronto Dance Theatre Nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography “Your work was brilliant, Peter, created & performed with exhilarating artistry and deeply moving as a reflection of a humanity without borders.” - Claudia Moore
Premiere: December 5, 2014 Gotrasawala Festival Radiant Art Centre, Cirebon West Java, Indonesia Ningali is an expansion of a dance piece originally presented in Bandung West Java in November 2013 to much acclaim. Dancers and musicians who have graduated from the esteemed arts college STSI Bandung, interpreted Chin's work about the many meanings of "seeing", which is the meaning of "Ningali" in the Sundanese language.
2014 Dusk Dances commission with Boby Ari Setiawan from Indonesia and Chy Ratana from Cambodia This work toured in the same year to Solo and Malang Indonesia for the Solo International Mask Festival.
Premiere: October 5 - 6, 2013 Gardiner Museum, Toronto, as part of Nuit Blanche Everyday Marvels, is a new episodic performance installation based on Saskatchewan poet Lorna Crozier's new volume of poetry called The Book of Marvels - A Compendium of Everyday Things. Directed by Shannon Litzenberger Dance Company, Everyday Marvels features 16 miniature vignettes (or 'marvels') created by eight local choreographers. Peter created two of these vignettes.
Premiere: November 26 - 27, 2012 Teatro Carmarin Del Carman as part of the Festival Danza en la Ciudad, Bogota, Colombia. Realms Revisited investigates our connection to the past, and realms that have faded into history, both imagined and real. In this fluid world between fantasy and fact, through evocative solos, duets and ensembles, the four dancers enact a kind of ritual that delves into a state of mind that takes one back and forward into realms beyond the here and now.
Premiere: October 19, 2012 Institute for Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Peter Chin joined with celebrated dancer Leak (Chy Ratana) from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to present a dance work exploring the multiple layers that both hide and reveal the soul - whether a traditional dance mask, or the glass between a viewer and the photo of the portrayed.
Premiere: November 3 - 5, 2011 Enwave Theatre, Toronto presented by DanceWorks In Fluency, Peter Chin asks the question, Can one become Nicaraguan? He attempts to answer that question through this multidisciplinary piece imbued with finesse and humour that he developed during a lengthy stay in Latin America. Over a two-year period Peter, accompanied by videographer Jeremy Mimnagh, documented his efforts to learn Spanish and his attempts to integrate into a new culture.
Premiere: February 24 and 26, 2011 Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto presented and commissioned by CanAsian Dance Festival Touring: April 18 - 19, 2013 at Abron Arts Centre, New York, presented in partnership with Amrita Performing Arts In a new ceremony, five young Cambodians of a pivotal generation embody and synthesize contradictory ways of being in a contemporary Cambodian society of opposing currents.
Premiere: February 6 - 9, 2008 Enwave Theatre, Toronto, presented by Harbourfront Centre's World Stage Series. A collaboration with Amrita Performing Arts, Phnom Penh. The work explores the physical traces of the transmission of the invisible, whether it be unseen messages from nature that enter the soul, or the passing on of the spirit of a people through the teaching of its cultural forms. Nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Original Sound Composition.
The piece, inspired in part by Buddhist temple architecture and South East Asian theatre, conjures a world populated by wrathful demons and benign deities. Integrating dramatic full-body dance movement and precise facial choreography with vocalization techniques from many eastern cultures, stupa explores the notion of sacred space in both the physical and metaphysical realms as well as the sanctity of the human body and spirit. Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography
Winner of two Dora Awards for Best Original Choreography and Best Dance Performance for the ensemble.