Pavel Zuštiak is a choreographer, dancer and
sound designer living in New York City. He was born in the former
Czechoslovakia where he received his first dance training. At the age of
seventeen he made his choreographic debut with a work for 23 dancers of the
Tremolo Dance Company set to M. P. Mussorgsky's music Pictures at an
Exhibition. He appeared in the children's TV series Golden
Gate for seven years and in numerous TV and radio plays. Zuštiak received
his MBA in 1993 and moved to study dance composition and production at the
School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam.
Zuštiak was awarded a prestigious 2007
Princess Grace Choreography Award to support his collaboration with Laboratory
Company Dance in Pittsburgh, PA, and was a finalist in the 1999 Choreography
Competition in Amsterdam for Wrinkle in Time. He also received 2006
Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant that allowed his dance research in
Vienna, Austria and Brussels, Belgium.
Zuštiak is the artistic director of
Palissimo, a New York City based dance theatre company he established in 2003.
Through Palissimo he produced three evening-length works shown in New York City
in venues such as Performance Space 122, Dance New Amsterdam, University
Settlement, Chashama, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place and internationally at
venues in Poland, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.
Zuštiak choreographed for the Yale University
production of Edward II (2006) and Bertold Brecht's Baal (2007). He was commissioned by Of Moving Colors Productions in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana to choreograph three dance theater pieces: Search (1999), Within Without (2001) and All That
I Can't Leave Behind (2005). In December 2007, Zuštiak choreographed (S)even, a work commissioned and performed by Laboratory Company
Dance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Zuštiak has taught dance composition and
improvisation workshops titled Present Body and Art of
Looking Sideways in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany,
Denmark and the United States.
As a sound designer, Zuštiak has created sound
for Jeremy Nelson (Mean Piece, Danspace Project, 2008; Dance
Theatre Workshop, 2006), Ashleigh Leite (Crawl Space at Danspace
Project, 2007, Autopsy at Joyce SOHO, Evening Stars, Jacob's
Pillow, 2006), Dixie Fun Dance Theatre, and Palissimo.