The Painted Bird Trilogy: Bastard, Amidst, and Strange Cargo
Wexner Center Artist Residency Award Project
Wed, Sept 12, 2012 | 7:00PM
Thu, Sept 13, 2012 | 7:00PM
Sun, Sept 16, 2012 | 3:30PM
Wexner Center for the Arts
For the first time ever this weekend at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, New York City-based dance theater company Palissimo is mounting its Painted Bird Trilogy as a complete sequence. Choreographed by Pavel Zuštiak, Palissimo’s Czechoslovakian-born artistic director, The Painted Bird Trilogy is inspired by a classic and controversial novel of the same name by Polish-born author Jerzy Kosiński. The novel tells the story of a young boy making his way through war-time Eastern Europe and a brilliantly painted bird that is violently killed by its own flock, which mistakes it for an imposter.
Parts I (Bastard), II (Amidst), and III (Strange Cargo) have been previously performed over the last two years individually at La MaMa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and PS122. This weekend’s performance of the complete cycle was made possible through a Wexner Center Residency Award.
Zuštiak’s project excavates the tale’s themes—identity, otherness, displacement, and transformation—in three uniquely staged performance events. His approach integrates dance, video, and visual projections with live music composed by Christian Frederickson, a former member of the acclaimed chamber rock band Rachel’s.
Staging The Painted Bird Trilogy utilizes two separate venues within the Wexner Center set up in novel configurations. Sunday’s performance of the complete trilogy comes with an optional box supper.