"A vivid, often anguished imagination shines through in Zuštiak's work."—The New Yorker
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
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
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.
Sat, Dec 8, 2018
With choreographer and Palissimo Company artistic director Pavel Zuštiak. Free to ticket holders.
Community Dance Class
Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 11am
The Art of Looking Sideways: Making Work—Ideas, Practice, and Process. Pavel Zuštiak, Palissimo Company's artistic director, leads a dance-making workshop for choreographers, dancers, actors, and artists working with the body as a medium. He will focus on developing conscious presence while improvising and connecting technique to composition. Participants will practice creating structures for dance; generating, editing, and deconstructing movement material; creating relationships between composition and improvisation; and introducing elements of chance. Open to all ages and abilities. $10. Pre-registration required; capacity is limited.
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