Cie Shamel Pitts (USA / Brasile)
Fall 2018

A kaleidoscopic performance experience using the movement, the light and visual arts, Black Hole intends to use the idea of the transformative environment of a black hole to create a mystical atmosphere towards what it contains. Black Hole will take its audience on a hypnotic and very colorful journey, without any exit. Three performers of African origin have united themselves creating a trinity of force and afro-futurism. Black Hole is the third creation of Shamel in the trilogy Black Series, a series of works that investigate the concept, the experience and the symbolic range of blackness as aesthetic and existential heritage.

A project by Shamel Pitts // concept and choreography: Shamel Pitts // with Joy-Marie Thompson, Mirelle Martins, Tushrik Fredericks // video mapping and light design: Lucca del Carlo // dramaturg: Tom Love // costume designer: Naomi Maaravi, Mirelle Martins // original music: Sivan Jacobovitz


Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, dancer, artist of words and teacher. Born in Brooklyn in New York where he began his education studying at Juilliard School and received the Martha Hill Award for excellence in dance. He began his carreer with BJM_Danse Montreal and Hell’s Kitchen Dance of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Now he teaches at the Harvard University and at the Julliard School, and performs with Sharon Eyal and Gay Behar in the L-E-V Dance Company. He is a teacher of Gaga, a language of movement created by Ohan Naharin, and he was a teacher of this for Batshva Dance Company and the Young Ensemble. He has brought on stage the repertory of Ohan Naharin with various companies. He has collaborated with Movement Invention Project, SPINGBOARD DANSE MONTREAL, Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Intensive, SUNY Purcade, and The Juilliard School. He has created the conceptual performance and dance piece BLACK BOX: Little Black Book of RED. The work has been presented in Brazil, Berlin, Israel and New York from 2015. In 2016 he created the duo named Black Velvet: Architectures and Archeotypes with the artist Mirelle Martins.

Credits foto: Paolo Sacchi