Peter Pucci already has a laundry list of credentials in dance and theater. Just when it seems he's done it all, he sets out to choreograph the circus.
By Nina Markowitz
Mount Kisco resident Peter Pucci has a reputation for being a rigorous, creative and caring choreographer. His expertise ranges from ballet and modern dance to theater and instruction as the Artist in Residence at Manhattanville College--- and everything in between. When it seems as though Pucci has done it all, he goes out and joins the circus.
In three weeks' time, Pucci - who runs Peter Pucci Plus Dancers - will tackle unchartered territory in his career as he steps in to choreograph for the Big Apple Circus.
"I've been working individually with my assistant. We talk a lot about it and put ideas on paper," Pucci said. "There are a lot of unknowns in the circus."
Pucci describes the Big Apple Circus as a worldly affair featuring people of different cultural backgrounds. He goes down a list of the international performers, including a contortionist from Mongolia, an act from China and another from Ethiopia. The differences in culture are what Pucci feels brings the show together.
"The show itself is about the universality of the language of movement," he said. "It's not a dance show, but it is inspired by dance."
Pucci's work for the circus will include opening and closing numbers, as well as working with individual characters throughout the duration of the show.
"It's going to be interesting when you walk into the room and you see people from all over the world," he said. "The circus is very different, that they all have acts that they do and we are going to ask them to do things that they normally don't do."
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