"A vivid, often anguished imagination shines through in Zuštiak's work."

The New Yorker

Dance
Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company
Custodians of Beauty (West Coast Premiere)

In this richly multisensory work, choreographer Pavel Zuštiak and his brilliant New York City-based Palissimo Company (making its Bay Area debut) ask: Where do we find beauty today, and does it need our defense? Zuštiak creates an immersive visual experience for Custodians of Beauty, combining movement with imagery, light, and sound in response to a 2009 speech by Pope Benedict XVI, reminding artists of their responsibilities as "custodians of beauty in the world." Through formal abstraction and restrained, minimalist gesture, Zuštiak explores the human body as sculpture, emotional trigger, and political symbol.

Approximate run time: 90 minutes, no intermission

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Containing Multitudes
by Melanie George

Perception is Something We Do
by Jeremy M. Barker

Cal Performances welcomes Pavel Zuštiak and his brilliant New York City-based Palissimo Company to Zellerbach Playhouse in December for the West Coast premiere of Zuštiak's powerful Custodians of Beauty. In this richly multi-sensory work, the celebrated choreographer and his performers ask: Where do we find beauty today, and does it need our defense?....READ ARTICLES

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Parking will be a problem on campus for the Dec 8 performance due to a Cal Men's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Related Events

Community Dance Class
Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 11am
Bancroft Studio
With members of the company. Open to all ages and abilities. $10. Pre-registration required; capacity is limited.

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Parking Alerts

Parking will be a problem on campus for the Dec 8performance due to a Cal Men's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]