ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE

Founded in Dec. 2019, TRIBE - Multidisciplinary Visual Performances is a Brooklyn-based afrofuturistic arts collective dedicated to creating, producing and sharing original multidisciplinary art projects.

Understanding that Performance Art and Live Art are practices of human connection, TRIBE acts nationally and internationally by developing art exchanges in collaboration with institutions and artists, with a focus on the African diaspora.

TRIBE’s mission is to seize space and create a platform for artists – most specifically artists of color – with a huge inspiration in the afrofuturistic movement. This movement states that we have a responsibility through our work to tell new stories and create a brighter future that looks different from its past.

TRIBE art projects include, but are not restricted to: live multidisciplinary performance, video art, video documentary, photography, exhibition, commissioned dance choreography, art residency, and workshops.

Ultimately, TRIBE aims to bring the audience and community into experiences that humanizes Black and Brown bodies and shares the colorfulness within Blackness that allows us to be multiplicitous.

ARTISTS

Shamel Pitts

FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Shamel Pitts

Artist, Choreographer, Performer, Teacher
2020 Guggenheim Fellow
2019 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow
2018 Princess Grace Award

FOUNDING ARTISTS

Mirelle Martins

Mirelle Martins

Artist, Creative Director

Lucca Del Carlo

Lucca Del Carlo

Transmedia Artist

Tushrik Fredericks

Tushrik Fredericks

Performer, Costume Designer

Marcella Lewis

Marcella Lewis

Performer

Elizabeth Schmuhl

Elizabeth Schmuhl

Artistic Managing Director

Ashley Pierre-Louis

Ashley Pierre-Louis

Artistic Administrative

ARTISTS

Alex Apt

Naomi Maaravi

Sivan Jacobovitz

Itai Zwecker

Taylor Antisdel

Rus Snelling

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sasha Kipka

Marcel Przymusinski

Messeret Strongman-Wheeler

Ed Wheeler

Lorey Bailey

Joycelyn Taylor

For the past several years since leaving Batsheva Dance Company in 2016, I’ve been asked whether or not I would start a dance company. And I’ve always felt the answer to be no way! However, after the creation of my trilogy of works known as the “BLACK SERIES”, which engaged 11 artists from all over the globe, I realized that I had an immense passion towards creating space and giving platform for diverse artists to cultivate and share ideas through performance art. Each creation process became a revelation on my artistic directional path. It allowed me to focus my passion on what I already had, and that was a multidisciplinary performance arts TRIBE!

Shamel Pitts | Artistic Director

GRANTS, PRIZES & AWARDS

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2021

MidAtlantics 2020

Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2020 / 2017

Harkness Dance Foundation 2020 / 2019 / 2018

TMU 2020 / 2019 / 2018

American Dance Abroad 2019 / 2020

Best out of Town Production – ArtsATL 2018

Audience Choice Award – STOFF 2017

ART FESTIVALS

Adelaide Festival 2020 – Adelaide / Australia

Colours Festival 2019 – Stuttgart / Germany

Cross Festival 2019 – Verbania / Italy

Cena Brasil Internacional 2019 – Rio de Janeiro /Brazil

Machol Shalem Dance International 2018 – Jerusalem

Aura Dance Festival 2018 – Kaunas / Lithuania

Binary/ M1 Contemporary Festival 2018 – Singapore

ImpulsTanz 2018 – Vienna / Austria

Pool International Dance Film Festival 2017 – Berlin

Stockholm Fringe Festival 2017 – Stockholm / Sweden

ART RESIDENCIES

Catskills Mountain Foundation 2021

Bridgestreet Theatre 2021

GIBNEY 2021

New York Live Arts 2020

Jacob’s Pillow 2020

92 Street Y / Harkness Dance Center 2020/2021

Young Arts 2020

Dock 11 / Eden Studios 2019 / 2018 / 2017

gloATL 2019 / 2018

Derida Dance Center 2018

Cross Award 2018