Day: November 27, 2015

Context Notes for CUSTODIANS OF BEAUTY by Jeremy Barker

When Pavel Zuštiak was twelve years old, he went to an audition to offer moral support to a friend. In the wake of popular films like Flashdance and Dirty Dancing, the kids in what was then Czechoslovakia were excited by the potential they saw in dance, and folk seemed more approachable than ballet. Unfortunately, Zuštiak’s friend got the …

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Context Notes for CUSTODIANS OF BEAUTY by Melanie George

Written by Melanie George, Resident Scholar, American Dance Institute as a pre-show speech at the American Dance Institute in November 2015. Used with permission. The work of Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo contains multitudes. Perhaps because he entered artistic practice through film and television, his work is multisensory poetry. Our senses are sparked by movement, imagery, light, sound, and …

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