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Strange Cargo

Pavel Zuštiak + Palissimo Company (NYC)
The Painted Bird (Part III): Strange Cargo

“A vivid, often anguished, imagination shines through in work…”
– The New Yorker

In this capstone of the acclaimed The Painted Bird trilogy, choreographer Pavel Zuštiak collaborates with composers Christian Frederickson & Ryan Rumery to plunge into assumptions of refuge and home. The urge to survive is inherent, the feeling of otherness is universal and yet reality shifts the minute the desire to belong is turned inside out.

“Bastard is searing.” -Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

“Bastard earns its emotional extremity – with tenderness and quiet.” -Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times ★★★★

“Bastard had both magic and mystery.” -Leigh Witchel, DanceViewTimes

2010 Time Out New York Honorable Mention


“Mr. Zuštiak, a striking performer who projected an exquisite, unknowable vulnerability. There is the sense that, with The Painted Bird, he has found his material, and will be mining it for a long time to come.” -Claudia LaRocco, The New York Times

“And, as always, this artist has chosen forceful performers with the physical skills and courage to follow him into the dark, shuttered spaces of human life.” -Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Dance Magazine

“The most disorienting reminders of the terrors of that war, though, came from the emotional impact of the dance, and the audience’s own foggy path.” -Martha Sherman, DanceViewTimes

“It’s worth losing your bearings for a while in the enigmatic atmosphere of this high-art haunted house.” -Leigh Witchel, New York Post

Pavel Zuštiak is a choreographer, performer and sound designer. 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 2009 Princess Grace Foundation Residency Award- and 2007 Princess Grace Award-winner for Choreography. He is the Artistic Director of Palissimo Company, founded and based in New York City since 2004. Zuštiak was named an ambassador of Košice European Capital of Culture 2013, his birth city that was selected together with Marseille as European cultural capitals.
Christian Frederickson is a violist, composer, and sound designer living in Brooklyn, NY.
He received his MM in viola from The Juilliard School. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed alternative indie-rock band Rachel’s and a founder of The Young Scamels with Jason Noble and Greg King. Frederickson has collaborated with a number of theater directors and choreographers, developing a signature style as a musical improviser and composer for the stage.
Performed by Giulia Carotenuto, Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Luke Murphy, Denisa Musilova and Jeremy Xido.

Live music by Frederickson and Ryan Rumery. Lights by Joe Levasseur, set by Peter Ksander, costumes by Asta Hostetter, and video design by Keith Skretch and Manny Pallad.

Learn more about the Palissimo Company and the The Painted Bird Trilogy Project

Photo © David Kumerman

PS122 is proud to present our first production at Synod Hall at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The world’s largest Gothic cathedral – and headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of New York – dominates Morningside Heights, just south of Columbia University. Synod Hall is a beautiful building located on the Cathedral’s southern grounds.

A Long Table on Migration & Displacement
Lead by Masha Pyshkina

Saturday, May 5 at 5:30pm

at Synod Hall (NE corner of Amsterdam at 110th)

FREE and open to the public.
Limited capacity – reservations strongly encouraged. Reserve online
Light refreshments to be provided, including sweets from the Hungarian Pastry Shop.

The Long Table is an experimental public forum originally developed by performance artist Lois Weaver. The Long Table experiments with participation and public engagement by re-appropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum, and encouraging informal conversations on serious topics. It is literally a very long table set up with chairs and refreshments where anyone and everyone is welcome to come to the table, ask questions, make statements, leave comments, or simply sit, listen and watch.

This Long Table is held in concurrence with Palissimo’s Strange Cargo. Performances are May 3 – 13 Thursday – Sunday at Synod Hall and presented by Performance Space 122 in conjunction with The Cathedral Church of St. John’s the Divine.

After eight years as Program Director at CEC ArtsLink, Masha Pyshkina continues to work on international arts projects as an independent producer and consultant. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, she has over fifteen years of experience administering international programs. She holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from New York’s Columbia University, and BA degrees from State Pedagogical University in St.Petersburg (English, German and Art History) and from Grinnell College (Economics).

Strange Cargo (Part III) was created with commissioning support from Performance Space 122 and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University and made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support and commissioning funds for this program have been provided by The Jerome Foundation and New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance program and additional project support was provided by Greenwall Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Strange Cargo was developed and supported during residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (Tallahassee, FL), Baryshnikov Arts Center, Abrons Arts Center and also made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program through a real estate donation from Capstone Equities.

This presentation is supported, in part, by the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Presented by Performance Space 122 in conjunction with The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Synod Hall
at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Amsterdam Ave. at 110th Street, Manhattan, NY
May 3 – 13, 2012
Thursday 8pm
Friday, Saturday 8pm & 9:30pm
Sunday 8pm
Note: There is no late seating for Strange Cargo

Opening night hospitality sponsor: Veselka & Veselka Bowery

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