Palissimo Residency and Performance

CUSTODIANS OF BEAUTY by Pavel Zustiak. Photo by Baranova.

Year: 2019-2020
DanceForce Member: James Lemons
Artist: Pavel Zustiak
Community Partners: Lake Placid Center for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Audience: 305
County: Essex

Sunday, March 16, 2020: NY State DanceForce member James Lemons is bringing Palissimo, lead by Bessie Award winning choreographer Pavel Zustiak, to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a technical/teaching residency. Often described as both human and humane, its works merges the abstract aspects of dance with the nonlinear qualities of theatre and mise-en-scène into multidisciplinary works that are rich in evocative imagery, piercing emotional resonance, and non-narrative/nonverbal content. Palissimo strives to provide original, transformative insight into the human condition while reaching spectators as multi-sensory theatrical experiences. The company will consist of Artistic Director Zustiak and five dancers. A lighting designer and state manager will accompany them. The estimated audience for the residency is 305.

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17: The company will engage in two residency activities including masterclasses for the Lake Placid School of Dance and a lecture/demonstration in Modern Dance for the local community.

Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20: Palissimo will be engaged in a technical residency in the LPCA’s dance studios and theatre aimed at both solidifying final revisions and adding all technical elements to the company’s latest work “Hebel” in preparation for its World Premiere at NYC’s Skirball Center in April 2020. The technical residency will conclude with a free public Preview Performance on Saturday, March 21 followed by a talk back with the artists.

This is the first time the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will partner with Mr. Lemons on a DanceForce project. In March 2019, Mr. Lemons will apply for additional funding from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s ArtsConnect Touring program in partnership with two other presenters from the region. This funding will cover housing, transportation and artists fee for the residency.

It is significant that a new work-in-progress by a Bessie Award winner is being brought to a geographically-isolated and culturally under-served area. This residency will allow residents and students to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the creation of a new work of modern dance. This will also allow the LPCA to provide a significant resource for an established dance company without relying on ticket sales.