I believe that creation is necessary. To find ways to bring ideas and emotions into a performative experience for an audience and a performer … creating together with different disciplines, discovering what it is we want to explore, and sharing this with a public … as an audience they are free to find their way to connect their own personal experiences with the performance that they are experiencing…”  Peter Leung


Portrait

Creator of the world’s first virtual ballet in 2016, British choreographer and stage director, Peter Leung not only pushes, transcends, but also breaks down the boundaries of (classical) dance. 

He collaborates with artists from: film and technology, music, theatre, fashion, and contemporary art to create visual stories. In particular, he uses techniques from these different disciplines and innovatively applies them to the world of (classical) ballet or music. His creative philosophy is to enable the audience to access the performance at different points, and to experience it on multiple sensory levels. 

Primarily based in the Netherlands, he also choreographs and stages work in the UK, Europe and Japan.


Current positions:

Young Creative Associate, Dutch National Ballet. 

Creative Director of House of Makers, an interdisciplinary performance arts company.


Previous companies:

Dutch National Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon.  


Training: 

The Royal Ballet School, London. 


Other info: 

Studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy; photography at Central Saint Martins, London, and the Fotoacademie NL.




Commissions since 2010

These include: Dutch National Opera and Ballet; the Van Gogh Museum, EYE museum, and Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam; Rotterdam Kunsthal, and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam; ‘Portrait’ for Women of the World Summit in London, and for Black Achievement Month in Amsterdam; Origen Cultural Festival, Switzerland; International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria; music producer and DJ, Armin van Buuren; fashion designer, David Laport; KLM & Rituals, Heineken, and Fukuoka International Ballet Festival in Japan.

In particular, ‘Night Fall’, the world’s first virtual reality ballet was received to critical acclaim. “A key moment in dance history,” Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant.


Commissions until October 2019

Directorial commissions include: Bach’s ‘Johannes Passion’, and ‘Stabat Mater’ for de Ij-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan t’ij, Amsterdam; The International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria; and the annual International Young Patrons Gala at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. 

Choreographical commissions include: ‘Individuell’, the National Theater Munich for the Bayerisches Junior Ballet; ‘Kin’ for “Dance Stories”, at Theater Amsterdam; ‘Perspectives’ at CC Amstel; and ‘All in Passing’ at New English Ballet Theatre.

‘De Dans Ontsprongen’ was specially created for Remembrance Day in the Netherlands. It will be restaged later in the year. It commemorates holocaust survivor, Edith Eger, the ‘Ballerina of Auschwitz’. 

Peter is creating a solo for War Child’s event, ‘Dare to Dream’, created by Michaela DePrince with pop star Sam Smith and dancer Edo Wijnen.

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