BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon

BLACK HOLE is a kaleidoscopic performance art experience using movement, original sound, light projection, and visual art.

BLACK HOLE researches and shares an odyssey where three Black performers create a trinity of vigor, afrofuturism, and embrace. It is the third multidisciplinary live art work in Shamel Pitt’s “BLACK Series” triptych.

BLACK HOLE is a live performance initially created for a Black Box Stage, and has been presented also as a site specific outdoor performance, MiniDoc, photography series, and 360 Video Art (work in progress).

BLACK HOLE’s creation had the afrofuturism movement as its biggest inspiration. The project marks the initial meeting between choreographer Shamel Pitts and the artists of TRIBE.

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2023 Bessies Nominee for Outstanding Creator:

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BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon at New York Live Arts



Concept Direction & Choreographer: Shamel Pitts

Performers: Shamel Pitts, Tushrik Fredericks, Marcella Lewis & Ashley Pierre-Louis

Video Lighting Designer: Lucca Del Carlo

Musician & Composer: Sivan Jacobovitz

Artistic Production Manager: Rus Snelling

Black Tarp Designer: Naomi Rapaport

Costume Designer: Mirelle Martins

Photographer & Cinematographer: Itai Zwecker

Photographers & Cinematographers: The Adeboye Brothers

Spoken Word Text: Shamel Pitts

Stage Managers: Chanel Pinnock & Kaz Russell

Creative Director: Mirelle Martins

Artistic Administrator: E Katrina Lewis

Managing Director: Brittany Wilson

Digital Creative Associate: Pam Panozzo

Press Agent: Kamila Slawinski

Bookings: Sophie Myrtil-McCourty

BLACK HOLE was developed with the kind support of Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU), American Dance Abroad, gloATL, PearlArts Studios, CrossAward (Italy), Dock 11 / Eden (Germany), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Artis, New York Live Arts, and 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. The presentation of BLACK HOLE at the Belgrade Dance Festival is supported in part by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International, a program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Additional TRIBE commissioning, development and core operating support is provided by the Mellon Foundation; Arison Arts Foundation; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The Howard Gilman Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Ford Foundation; 92Y Harkness Dance Center; National Performance Network (NPN) Creation, Development & Artist Engagement Fund Project. The Creation, Development & Artist Engagement Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency); New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Photos by: The Adeboye Brothers
"The whole hourlong work…is curiously stylish and sincere, glossily cold and tender. Always visually stunning, it’s never dull."
Brian Seibert
"The mesmerizing performer Shamel Pitts began making his own work, including a solo called “Black Box — Little Black Book of RED.” The first part of what would become Pitts’s three-part “Black Series,” the piece examined his personal journey and Black identity through his signature strong, silky movement and powerful poetry."
Brian Schaefer
"A stylish Afrofuturist vision featuring three Black dancers, in monochromatic light and video projections, finding connection in a movement language derived from Ohad Naharin’s Gaga."
Brian Seibert
"Black Hole succeeds in keeping the public’s eyes glued to the stage, even when the performance lasts 1 hour, 1 minute, 1 second. The choreography has a unique pace dictated by the perfection of each movement."
"Black Hole has conceived a strongly cognitive visual mapping, absolutely decisive in the involvement of the public."
David Della Scala
"This was probably the best performance I saw during FB19. Being a multi-disciplinary performance that involves dance, video mapping, light design, changes of rhythm and powerful music."
"The dancers embark on an hour-long, uninterrupted journey in movement in which their tenacity and grace are emphasized by cinematic video projections and stark, monochromatic lights.