Peter Pucci creates movement. With extensive credits in theater, ballet, modern dance, and dance education, Pucci is one of the most sought-after 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.
Pucci’s most recent credit is on The Old Friends, for The Signature Theatre, directed by Michael Wilson. Other recent credits include: a new production of Midsummer Night's Dream for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, directed by Ethan McSweeny, Roundabout Theatre’s Death Takes a Holiday, directed by Doug Hughes; Phaedra Backwards, directed by Emily Mann at the McCarter Theater; Johnny Baseball, directed by Diane Paulus at American Repertory Theater; and choreography for Dance On for the Big Apple Circus' domestic and international tours. Recent dance company commissions include the world premiere of Dream On By with music by Paul Simon for the State Street Ballet in California, Pucci:SPORT for the New Mexico Ballet, and new ballets for Dance Theater of Harlem and the Dance Company at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Pucci continues work as Artist in Residence at Manhattanville College and as guest artist at the Juilliard School in NYC.
As a Movement Director, Pucci’s work has been seen at major regional and New York theaters in a wide range of productions – from contemporary dramas and musicals to classics from Shakespeare, Chekhov and Molière. His broad-based understanding of movement in performance has carried his creations beyond the stage to film, television, commercials, industrials, fashion shows, ice-skating arenas and opera houses. Pucci is well versed at working with actors of all ages and in using "ability appropriate" movement that makes actors feel comfortable and capable. His unusually eclectic pedigree infuses his work with a vast variety of experiences making him a "jack of all trades" choreographer...Shakespeare to circus, Foote to football.
As an educator and innovator, Peter has created an audience-accessible piece that has become an event unto itself: Pucci:SPORT. With nine action-packed “innings,” SPORT can be set on any group of dancers/students/athletes in an ability appropriate manner using the games of baseball, frisbee, hockey, basketball and more - allowing any company or student group to present pumped-up entertainment enjoyed by dance lovers and sports fans alike. As a vehicle for outreach, dance education, and just-plain-fun, Pucci:SPORT has been performed in venues large and small, from city playgrounds to Madison Square Garden.
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