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Palissimo Invites Community to Perform 

Palissimo BASTARD © David Kumerman

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 18, 2017) — Your chance to be a part of a dramatic, searing performance by the New York City-based dance theatre company Palissimo is here.

Palissimo will perform Bastard Feb. 3 at the Performing Arts Center. As part of the performance, the company is inviting up to 50 community members (both dancers and non-dancers) to perform with them in the work.

Bastard is a work of dance, live music and spoken word that is loosely inspired by the harsh and controversial 1965 wartime novel by expatriate Polish writer Jerzy Kosiński titled The Painted Bird.

No audition is required but those participating must:

  • Be able to run and jump
  • Have some measure of stamina
  • Volunteer their time
  • Commit to 6 – 9 p.m. every evening from Monday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 3, for rehearsals and the performance.

Palissimo is an interdisciplinary platform for research, development and production of live arts. Led by Artistic Director Pavel Zuštiak (born and raised in communist Czechoslovakia), the company’s works have an instantly recognizable style – combining immigrant feeling of otherness with the very American sense of freedom to explore disparate artistic resources in search of new means of expression. The company provides original, transformative insight into the human condition while reaching spectators through multi-sensory theatrical experiences.

The performance of Bastard is highlighted by Slovak dancer Jaro Viňarský and original music performed live by Christian Federickson. It draws upon the crucial scene of the novel in which a bird captured by a human is brilliantly painted and then freed to return to its flock, only to be violently killed by its own kind as a perceived interloper. It is being offered as part of the Dance in Albany series.

Those interested in signing up to perform or to obtain more information may contact the Performing Arts Center at (518) 442-3995 or Palissimo’s residency is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State DanceForce/Bessies Residency Fund, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, Dance Alliance and Hampton Inn.

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