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Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company

Custodians of Beauty

December 7–9, 2018

Pavel Zuštiak, concept, direction, choreography
Christian Frederickson, music composition and sound design
Joe Levasseur, lighting design
Simon Harding, set design
Ásta Bennie Hostetter, costume design
Megan Carter, dramaturgy
Alexandra Collier, text


In this multisensory work, choreographer Pavel Zuštiak and his Palissimo Company 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.

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Pictured: Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company perform Custodians of Beauty Friday–Sunday, December 7–9, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.
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Pictured: Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company perform Custodians of Beauty Friday–Sunday, December 7–9, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.
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Pictured: Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company perform Custodians of Beauty Friday–Sunday, December 7–9, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.
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Pictured: Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company perform Custodians of Beauty Friday–Sunday, December 7–9, 2018 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.
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