Pavel Zuštiak’s new evening-length performance work HEBEL is a collaboration with scenographer Keith Skretch, composer Christian Frederickson, and lighting designer Joe Levasseur. Taking its title from the ancient Book of Ecclesiastes, HEBEL interrogates the text’s key question: “What do you gain from all your work?” Through an interdisciplinary, strongly visual and textured approach, Zuštiak mines themes of human ambition, meaning and identity, reflecting on human effort and and individual life’s worth.
Reflecting the scale and proportions of the HEBEL’s ontological questions and informed by Michel Foucault’s writings on docile bodies, power, and heterotopias, HEBEL draws us into an evocative, emotionally charged exploration of life’s quest for meaning where the turbulent past and present are alive and the future is envisioned.
Pavel Zuštiak is a Slovak-American creative director, choreographer, and performer. Born in communist Czechoslovakia, he left for Amsterdam shortly after the Velvet Revolution and currently resides in New York City. His works include Custodians of Beauty, Endangered Pieces and The Painted Bird trilogy. Zuštiak’s many awards include several Princess Grace Awards and the Juried Bessie Award for his “poetic layering of movement and visual imagery, conceiving the stage as a decentralized world in which the corporeal body is the focus and canvas for a wide range of human expression.” His five-hour trilogy The Painted Bird received a 2013 Bessie nomination for Outstanding Production. palissimo.org