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COIL 2017 Festival: "Custodians of Beauty" by Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC) Dance

COIL 2017 Festival: "Custodians of Beauty" by Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC) Dance


Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC) Dance


La MaMa, Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan
New York, NY


Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 5:00pm
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 5:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 2:00pm



Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC) Dance

Custodians of Beauty

Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo (NYC) Dance, Performance Co­presented with La MaMa


La MaMa, The Downstairs, 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan

Jan 5 at 8pm, Jan 6 at 5pm, Jan 7 at 5:30pm, Jan 8 at 2pm

85 minutes


“Plunges headlong into questions about what is ‘beautiful’ by interrogating sources like Plato, Pope Benedict XVI, and of course, the dancing body.” – Time Out New York

For decades in the humanities, various arguments have been put forward against beauty. Where do we find beauty today and does it need our defense? Bessie Award–winning choreographer/director Pavel Zuštiak and his Palissimo Company examine beauty and its intrinsic relationship with art through minimalist movement, sensuous abstraction and potent stage imagery. Drawn from a dark Eastern European dance­theater aesthetic, this richly postmodern dance/live music event casts the human body as a sculptural form, an emotional trigger, or a political symbol. In an age when humanity, disenchanted with itself, seems to have rejected the necessity of beauty, Custodians of Beauty asks us to look again, beyond the surface, to see differently.



Pavel Zuštiak is a NYC­-based director, choreographer and performer, born in the communist Czechoslovakia and trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. His works for stage and public spaces merge the abstract aspects of dance with nonlinear qualities of “theatre of images” into multidisciplinary pieces rich in evocative imagery and piercing emotional resonance. Zuštiak is the 2015 Bessie Juried Award winner for his “poetic layering of movement and visual imagery, conceiving the stage space as a decentralized world in which the corporeal body is the focus and canvas for a wide range of human expression,” a 2015­17 Princeton Arts Fellow, the recipient of 2013 LMCC President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Practice and 2012 NEFA/NDP Production and Residency Grants, 2010 Guggenheim Fellow and 2014, 2009, and 2007 Princess Grace Awards Winner. His 5­hour trilogy The Painted Bird received a 2013 Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Production.

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