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Pavel Zuštiak residency:
Pavel Zuštiak is the Artistic Director of Palissimo Company, established in New York City in 2004 under his vision to pursue artistic liberty through communication with live audiences. Palissimo is known for sophisticated, multidisciplinary works with piercing emotional content and abundant surrealist imagery. A 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, 2008-2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and winner of both a 2009 Princess Grace Work in Progress Residency Award and 2007 Princess Grace Award, choreographer Zuštiak's repertory of original works and commissions have tour nationally and internationally to both audience and critical acclaim. Through layering "weighted, sensual, and loose-limbed" movement (The Village Voice), powerfully evocative sonic environments, and "a ghostly atmosphere" of projected photography, film, and staged theatrical scenario (The New York Times), the Company has fast established itself amongst experimental theater groups and works with a roster of contributing and commissioned artists.
John Allen residency:
John Allen is a freelance choreographer having set works on such international companies as Russia’s Kannon Dance Company and the Ekaterinburg Contemporary Arts Centre Dance Company as well as South Africa’s First Physical Theatre. He has also worked with Louisiana-based Baton Rouge Ballet and Of Moving Colors at the regional level and has choreographed for and performed with New Orleans-based, Tsunami Dance Company and his cooperative company, John/Allen Project which has performed in such venues as St Petersburg’s OPEN LOOK Festival, the Harare International Festival of the Arts, and South Africa’s National Arts Festival. After serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Tulane University, he is continuously active in giving teaching and choreographic residencies at universities throughout the world. His performance background includes dancing with such companies as the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, SB Dance and Steve Koester and Dancers and performing in original works by Doug Varone, Sean Curan and Daniel Ezralow among others.
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