Ashley Chen & Peter Steven

Dance Performer, Choregrapher / Filmmaker

February-March & May 2023

chen et steven

chen et steven

  • Performing Arts
  • Cities
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
"Our bodies are in perpetual motion, constantly traversing spaces that overwhelm us with a flux of constant, natural, or mechanical movements."

As part of Albertine Dance Season 2023


Ashley and Peter grew up in the 1980s in Normandy, France. In their respective families, cultural diversity was an integral and important part of their upbringing. From the beginning of their collaboration, their goal has always been to create rich and accessible artistic ideas. 


Ashley Chen: 

I am very fortunate to have travelled extensively while working with international dance artists. As a result, I enjoy figuring out how one creates, what inspires them: their culture and surroundings. My work is often and largely inspired by differences. The aim is to bring peculiar experiences to the spectator and incite them to question what they see. 


Peter Steven: 
Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, I have always had a fascination for art and multicultural experiences. 
At a very early age, I fell in love with the arts of theater and film.  My journey has led me to meet people from diverse artistic backgrounds and has undoubtedly influenced my taste, even my attraction, and passion for storytelling. My bi-cultural identity has given me a unique and interesting perspective, not only on various work ethics but also on life as a whole. My aim is to create a fundamentally compelling story through the medium of film. 



After graduating from the Conservatoire in Paris, France, Ashley Chen moved to NYC to work with Merce Cunningham in 2000. In 2004 he returned to France integrating the Lyon Opera Ballet. Since 2006, he’s been freelancing throughout Europe and has collaborated with many choreographers including Michael Clark, John Scott, Philippe Decouflé and Boris Charmatz. He founded his company, Kashyl, in 2012, with the desire to create unusual choreographic projects based upon the raw and radical physical intensity of the performers. 


Peter Steven studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London in 2003. There he decided to focus on his passion for filmmaking. Travelling to San Francisco, another city renowned for its diversity, Peter continued to train in filmmaking and editing. His travel experience and dual culture offered him a unique perspective on art and inspired him to explore his creative potential via Youtube channels.  



In partnership with

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Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie

The Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie is a space for shared projects that questions the world in which we live, a receptive place where dance is at the heart of an artistic, political and civic-minded vision. It is a centre for creating, hosting, producing and disseminating choreographic works, a resource centre for training and research. It is a place shared with artists, residents, community associations and cultural institutions, a place open to artistic creation and the contemporary repertoire.


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