Choreographer Pavel Zustiak has created a repertory of original works and commissions that have toured nationally and internationally to audience and critical acclaim. Born in the former Czechoslovakia and trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, Zustiak presented early works in Czechoslovakia, Holland, Denmark, and Belgium before relocating to the U.S. in 1999. In 2004, he established the Palissimo Company with the aim of pursuing artistic liberty and communion with live audiences.
Palissimo has premiered a number of original works since its inception, including Bastard (La MaMa, NYC, 2010), Halt! (Whitehall Ferry Terminal, NYC, 2009); Weddings and Beheadings (92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival at Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC, 2009); Itch in the Stitch (Dance New Amsterdam, NYC, 2007); Le Petit Mort (Performance Space 122, NYC, 2006); and Blind Spot (Chashama, NYC, 2003). Palissimo was commissioned by Laboratory Company Dance in Pittsburgh, PA to perform (S)even at Pittsburgh’s New Hazzlett Theater in 2007 and, that same year, by Yale School of Drama to perform Bertolt Brecht’s Baal. Zuštiak is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, 2010/11 Maggie Allessie Choreographic Center Fellow, 2008-2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and winner of both a 2009 Princess Grace Work-in-Progress Residency Award and a 2007 Princess Grace Award.