In Bastard, Pavel Zuštiak, in collaboration with composer Christian Frederickson and award-winning Slovak dancer Jaro Viarský, tackles the themes of displacement, otherness and transformation. The first installment of his trilogy The Painted Bird, the piece is loosely inspired by Jerzy Kosinski's controversial novel of the same name. Zuštiak draws upon the book's signature scene--a wandering boy witnessing the painting of a bird into brilliant colors causing it later to be violently killed by its own flock--to create a new work that transforms the internal landscape of agony and misrecognition into a collective remembrance.
The Painted Bird is a trilogy - Bastard is Part 1 and premiered at LaMama in the fall of 2010. Parts 2 & 3 are to be presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Performance Space 122 respectively.