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Pavel Zuštiak

Custodians of Beauty, Walker Commission/Midwest Debut

“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

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 dance-theater aesthetic, this richly postmodern dance/live music event casts the human body as a sculptural form, an emotional trigger, or a political symbol.

Funding

Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Performance Network’s (NPN) Creation Fund project created in partnership with the Walker Art Center, Legion Arts, New York Live Arts, and NPN. Co-commissioned by American Dance Institute (ADI). Additional support provided by the Jerome Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Residency and developmental support provided by the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space, and the Dance in Process Program at Gibney Dance.

In honor of Dale Schatzlein (1948–2006) and his important work in dance and jazz in the Twin Cities, additional support is provided by Emily Maltz.