Nightfall is“...a key moment in dance history” - De Volkskrant about Leung’s VR ballet
‘This Virtual Reality Ballet will blow your mind... as you explore the fantastical piece, you feel completely transported.’- dancespirit.com
‘The world’s first VR ballet experience is absolutely stunning (...) It’s an exciting new take on an art form that has been around for ages, breaking into an audience that might not normally visit a ballet show.’ - thenextweb.com
‘Ballet has officially entered the 21st century....The effect is goose bump-worthy.’ - pointemagazine.com
‘A delightful ballet show unfolds around you... Passion, beauty, technology and theatre, seamlessly blends together in this tantalising tale Nightfall.’ - virtualcorrespondent.com
Peter Leung - kann ernsthaft auf das Choreographie-Fach zusteuern - mit einem (im Vokabular) eigenwillig und schön gebauten Sextett um einen "Regenschirm”.
-Merkur, Munich about The Umbrella
'moments of surreal poetry'
Dance Europe about The Umbrella
'happyokay was more than okay- It was awesome'
dance spirit 2014 - happyokay
'Young Creative Associate, Peter Leung, wrote Portrait for Michaela DePrince… Portrait is something of a rite of passage for each of these artists as they move into a new space…. Leung’s complex work of signs and suggestions takes him to a new level. DePrince, simple costumed in a black dress, is positioned between two light stands as in a photographer’s studio and indeed her extraordinary life of courage in adversity has meant that much of her professional career has been played out in the spotlight. The choreography allows her, in brief moments to display her formidable technique but this intense solo is about a strong soul finding her own path. - Maggie Foyer - Seeing Dance
'Peter Leung’s The Table, Outside and the Grey Room was realised in grey austerity, the gloom subtly textured by effective lighting. the inspiration of Rene Magritte was realised by the bowler-hatted gents, while the women’s simply cut flowing dresses made evocative shapes. This well defined by Shostakovich’s music. Seemingly ordinary dance would suddenly shift to the surreal…
Dance Europe 2009 about The Table, Outside and the Grey Room
“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
Creator of the world’s first virtual ballet in 2016, Amsterdam based choreographer and stage director, Peter Leung not only pushes, breaks down, but also transcends the boundaries of (classical) dance.
Visual storytelling through multidisciplinary art, forms the basis of his work. Adopting unconventional techniques and collaborating with artists from disparate disciplines (technology, film, music, photography, art and fashion) help to create a 360 degree interface. This enables audiences to access the performance at different points, and to engage with it on multiple sensory levels. Thus, challenging the conventions of the performative experience, and thereby creating a platform to reach new audiences beyond traditional theatres.
Peter initially trained as a classical ballet dancer in his native Britain at The Royal Ballet School before dancing in Munich at Bayerisches Staatsballett, Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon and Dutch National Ballet. Though no longer performing professionally, he continues to explore and expand his creative horizons beyond dance.
He is the creative director of House of Makers, an Amsterdam based interdisciplinary performance arts company. Since 2017, he has been affiliated with the Dutch National Ballet as a Young Creative Associate. He has also studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, and photography at Central Saint Martins, London, and the Fotoacademie NL.
Commissions since 2010
Dutch National Ballet; the Van Gogh Museum, EYE museum, and Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam; Rotterdam Kunsthal, and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam; Origen Cultural Festival, Switzerland; International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria; music producer and DJ, Armin van Buuren; fashion designer, David Laport; KLM & Rituals, and Heineken.
Key works include Nightfall, the world’s first virtual reality ballet which received to critical acclaim. The Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant considered it “a seminal moment in dance history” and compared it to another, namely the first ‘TV ballet’, created in the 1950s, by renowned Dutch choreographer, Hans van Manen.
More recently, Peter has created several works for Michaela Deprince, second soloist at Dutch National Ballet and Ambassador for War Child, a Dutch charity. This includes Portrait performed at the WOW (Women of the World) Festival in London, and for Black Achievement Month in Amsterdam.
Commissions in 2019
In 2019, Peter has continued to challenge himself and grow as a director and choreographer resulting in a more diverse and comprehensive body of work.
In the spring he directed Bach’s Johannes Passion’ for de Ij-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan t’ij, Amsterdam and restaged this version for the International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria. Collaborating with the dancers, he choreographed Individuell, which premiered at the National Theater Munich for the Bayerisches Junior Ballet.
He also created De Dans Ontsprongen for Rememberance Day in the Netherlands. It commemorates holocaust survivor, Edith Eger, the ‘Ballerina of Auschwitz’ who was forced to dance for Joseph Mengele, ‘the Angel of Death’. Together with Dutch National Ballet first soloist, Igone de Jongh, and award-winning actor Pierre Bokma, this work explores the complex relationship between the victim and perpetrator.
Later this year, he will be co-directing the annual International Young Patrons Gala at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, remounting his Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) and creating new work for Dance Stories, a series of new works by Amsterdam based makers at Theater Amsterdam.