Artistic Director

Peter Kalivas in “Meditation on a Theme with Variation”. Photo by Keith Wang.

Peter G. Kalivas’ choreography has been presented world wide on some of the most respected stages including Jacob’s Pillow, Le Festival D’Avignon France, Festival Musica e Arte Italy, Dance Platform Turkey, The Stamping Ground Dance Festival Australia and The International Dance Festival/Asia in Taiwan among many others. His work has been commissioned by both Ballet and Contemporary/Modern companies and is in the repertory of The National Ballet of Peru housed at the Museo de Nacional in Lima, The State Opera Ballet/Astana in Kazakhstan, Petite Danse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company, The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, The Nanette Brodie Dance Theater Long Beach, Amalgamate Dance Company in New York City and City Ballet of San Diego among others.

Peter is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and trained extensively at The Pennsylvania and Joffrey Ballet Schools and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School in New York where he was later invited to join The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater second company.

Peter was an original member of Sean Curran Company in New York City premiering roles at The Joyce, The Duke and The New Victory Theaters, St. Mark’s Church and during National & International tours and has danced for Judith Jamison, Donald Byrd, Pearl Lang, The Iwanson Dance Company,  the Bavarian State Opera Ballet of Munich, Germany,  Malashock Dance & Company and The San Diego Ballet among others.

Peter co-choreographed the off-Broadway show “Kilt” starring Tovah Feldshuh and several theatrical tours, TV Specials for Dick Clark, European Television, the Diversionary Theater, and assistant choreographed at The San Diego Opera.  

Recipient of multiple grants and fellowships in support of his work, he holds two honorary Master of the Arts Diploma’s through the Ministers of Education Peru and Kazakshtan, is a Senior Cultural Specialist and Envoy through dance for The US Department of State originating and directing mutual exchange projects in Central Asia, Asia, Africa, Central and South America and a Fulbright Scholar in Dance Education and Cultural Appreciation with research completed at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, S. Korea.  He has guest taught and choreographed at many of the major arts institutions including New York University, Boston Conservatory, CalARTS, New World School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, The Jacob’s Pillow Institute and abroad including The State Ballet Turkey in Istanbul, Pinneapple Dance in London, TanzZentrum S.E.A.D in Salzburg, Austria, Taiwan School of the Arts in Kaoshiung and on.

His company, The PGK Dance Project is in residence at Culture Shock Dance Center near the Old Town section of San Diego offering classes in Contemporary Technique inspired by classic modern forms such as Horton, Graham, Limon with an emphasis on the clear, efficient principles associated with ballet.  His company classes and rehearsals are open to the public to engage discourse and appreciation for the training and creative process.  In San Diego Peter produced the series’  “4 x 4 x Floor” hosted by Bluefoot Bar & Lounge and “The Movement” at Queen Bee’s Arts & Cultural Center in North Park and ”Dance Moves” in Temecula at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater in Association with Temecula Presents where local and regional companies and choreographers regularly shared their work and actively learned about and participated in audience development for dance and community engagement.

Since 2009 biannually he produces ”San Diego Dances”, presenting local, regional and national professional dance of all styles in alternative spaces including storefronts, warehouses, hotels, galleries and more in cooperation with local businesses as a way to keep dance performance affordable, available and relevant to audiences today.

Annually, he and his company produce Dance on the EDGE for Mission Federal Credit Union’s ArtWalk in LIttle Italy, he has presented lectures, interviewed artists and assisted with the development and facilitation of CHOREOLAB for The La Jolla Music Society during their annual dance series and remains a highly sought after master teacher, choreographer and consultant on audience development and community collaboration.

Lastly, a professional musician as well (Voice, Piano, Composition) trained at The Governer School of the Arts New York, Bennington College, VT., The University of the Arts Music minor, Mr. Kalivas appeared on Broadway as Mr. Mistofelles in ‘CATS’, several national tours including ‘West Side Story’, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, was featured in ‘Bowzer’s Original Rock N’ Roll Party in Atlantic City and can be heard on ‘Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Party’ “LIVE in New Zealand Concert Tour Album as one of three Stingrays.  Peter has sung as a part of the group ‘Bowzer & The Stingrays’ since 2001 at major venues and arenas throughout the US and abroad including performances for Mayor Bloomburg of New York City, and alongside many important artists including Billy Preston (the 5th Beatle), Leslie Gore, Ronnie Spector and Jay Black among others.  Recently, in San Diego Peter proudly sang ‘A Song for You’ at The Garfield Theater while Viviana Alcazar performed his choreography by the same title for OUTREACH THROUGH DANCE which annually raises important funds for The Make A Wish Foundation.