Palissimo perofrmance opportunityPALISSIMO INVITES COMMUNITY TO PERFORM

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be hosting Palissimo Company for five days from January 30 through February 3, 2017.  The residency will culminate in a performance of Bastard, 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 entitled “The Painted Bird.”

As part of the performance, Palissimo is inviting up to 50 community members (both dancers and non-dancers) to perform with them in the work.  No audition is required but those participating must:
1)  Be able to run and jump
2)  Have some measure of stamina
3)  Volunteer their time
4)  Commit to 6pm - 9pm every evening from Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3 for rehearsals and the performance

Based in New York City, 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 and displacement with the very American sense of freedom to explore disparate cultural, artistic and intellectual resources in search for new means of expression. The company strives to provide 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.

Anyone interested in signing up to perform and/or getting additional information, may contact the UAlbany Performing Arts Center at (518) 442-3995 or