Pavel Zuštiak is the Artistic Director of Palissimo Company, established in New York City in 2004 under his vision to pursue artistic liberty through communion with live audiences. Palissimo is known for sophisticated, multidisciplinary works with piercing emotional content and abundant surrealist imagery that explore “the darker shades of human behavior” (The New Yorker). 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 toured 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.
Born in the former Czechoslovakia and trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, Zuštiak's early works appeared through Czechoslovakia, Holland, Denmark, and Belgium before he relocated to the U.S. in 1999.