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Peter Bingham was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on May 31, 1951. Raised in an air force family, he lived in many towns and cities across Canada before returning to make Vancouver his home.

While studying at Simon Fraser University, Bingham discovered dance with Linda Rubin, his first teacher. She introduced him to improvisation and modern dance techniques. In 1976, American dance artists Nancy Stark Smith and Steve Paxton, two of the leading proponents of Contact, visited and taught in Vancouver. Bingham studied with both Paxton and Stark-Smith, becoming a good friend of these artists and a committed practitioner of Contact.

In 1977, after working for a number of years with Linda Rubin’s company, Synergy, Bingham co-founded Fulcrum with Andrew Harwood and Helen Clarke. For two years, Fulcrum presented Contact-based dance performances and workshops in Vancouver and across Canada.

In 1982, Bingham joined seven independent dance artists to form the dance collective, EDAM. As one of the Company's directors, Bingham performed in numerous improvisations and created many choreographed works. In 1989, Bingham became EDAM’s sole Artistic Director. Since then, he has implemented the Company’s ongoing program of choreographed productions, improvisational projects, workshops, classes and residencies.