Paul Chantry & Rae Piper
Choreographers & Movement Directors
Paul Chantry and Rae Piper are a vibrant and skilled choreographic duo whose work includes the Olivier-nominated David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny, the Horrible Histories stage shows, a special anniversary commission for the Prince of Belgium, Opera, Theatre, Musicals and more.
The two started out performing as a pas de deux couple, then progressing to working as co-choreographers and movement directors, and then founding Chantry Dance Company – a touring theatrical contemporary ballet company.
Rae and Paul’s extensive experience and varied backgrounds have made them masters of their art, and they are in demand across a wide variety of theatrical genres for their innovative and exciting creativity.
Paul’s performance career started after training at Central School of Ballet. After dancing in various contemporary and ballet companies, he has worked closely as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated choreograhers including Javier De Frutos and Will Tuckett. He has performed in numerous ballets, operas and musicals at Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Opera House and London’s West End.
Rae enjoyed an extensive performance career, in which she also performed in London’s West End, Sadler’s Wells, regional UK theatres, and The Royal Opera House. Rae is also a former contortionist and aerial acrobat, and has performed at national and international cabaret and circus venues.
Since working together, Rae and Paul have embraced their diverse performance careers to inform their distinctive and dynamic choreography.
In Theatre work, they have choreographed the World Premiere of David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny which enjoyed runs at the Garrick Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End, and several UK Tours. The show was nominated for an OLIVIER AWARD for Best Family Entertainment, and also the winner of “Best Home Produced Show” from the What’s On Reader’s Awards. They also choreographed the UK Premiere of The Last Days of Mankind for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal, Birmingham Stage Company’s Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors & Vile Victorians, Horrible Christmas (UK tours) and Tom’s Midnight Garden (The Old Rep, Birmingham and UK tour). They have also worked internationally in Munich creating choreography for Cherry Docs with BeMe Theatre.
In Opera, they have created work performed at The Royal Opera House, the Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma, Mahogany Opera Group, English Touring Opera and Grange Park Opera. They choreographed The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus for The Royal Festival Hall, and their subsequent revivals for Opera Danube, St John Smith’s Square. Paul and Rae also choreographed The Magic Flute and La Traviata for The Merry Opera Company, with the latter being nominated for Best Opera, by The Off West End Theatre Awards.
Their Dance Theatre work includes Anyone For Tea for award-winning company Les Enfants Terribles, and Shadowbox for BESIX and the Prince of Belgium.
Their Musical and Pantomime work involves multiple pantomimes for Little Wolf Productions and Derby Arena, including the 2017 award-winning production of Beauty and the Beast, also for Greenwich Theatre, and Sister Act and Our House for Pimlico Opera.
As well as their choreographic freelance work, Paul and Rae founded and create productions for Chantry Dance Company. The company was formed when Paul and Rae were commissioned through Sadler’s Wells by the Chinese Ministry of Culture to choreograph 5 pieces for the Chinese Calligraphy, Music and Dance Concert which was then performed on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells.
Following this incredible debut, CDC has created numerous works including six UK tours, a triple bill in collaboration with Ronald Corp OBE, and various major commissions.