Dancer Peter Smida

Peter is an independent dancer, choreographer, actor and emerging filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. He is currently the Creative Content Producer and artist in residence with Ballet BC as well as a teacher for Modus Operandi (Tiffany Tregarthen & David Raymond).

Peter danced at Ballet BC as a company artist for 11 seasons where he created, collaborated, and performed works by internationally esteemed choreographers such as Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Jorma Elo, Itzik Galili, Sharon Eyal and Medhi Walerski, among several others. In addition to dancing with the company, Peter has choreographed works and produced films for several workshops and labs as part of the company’s outreach.

Peter’s film “Let me leave so that you may continue” was recently featured on the Tanstheater Wuppertal (Pina Bausch Company) Create’s Platform as part of their Digital Stage Series.

His passion and underlying mission is to explore new ways to create abstract narratives with the physical body through the mediums of dance, theatre and film.

Peter acknowledges and is privileged to live, work and create on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Ballet BC Artist in Residence Peter Smida. Image by Cindi Wicklund.