The “RED Series” continues Shamel Pitts research to propose and share the colorfulness within blackness. “I have met a multitude of performers from various countries of the African diaspora and this has widened my understanding as to the diversity of black people as well as formed my realization that we find home through a shared platform” – Shamel Pitts

Touch of RED is a new duet of two men that will take place inside of a contemporary ring. It’s research will deal with the allowance of black men to soften; the power in vulnerability; the meeting point of two individuals within a boxed space that references a futuristic and voyeuristic gladiator entertainment site in which a heat path between the two performers builds not out of aggression or combat but within an enhanced electrifying effeminacy that heals.

Bold. Boiled. Blood.

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Artistic Team

Concept Direction & Choreographer: Shamel Pitts

Performers: Tushrik Fredericks & Shamel Pitts

Artistic Production Manager & Lighting Designer: Rus Snelling

Video Light & Mapping Designer: Lucca Del Carlo

Scenic Design: Mimi Lien

Costume Designer: Dion Lee

Costume Stylists: TT Britt & Tushrik Fredericks

Shoe Apparel: Fulton Cobbler (Brooklyn, NY) – customized “gloves”

Original Musical Score: Sivan Jacobovitz

Additional Music: Ben Frost – A Single Point of Blinding Light     Burial – Forgive  

Dramaturg: Ashley Pierre-Louis

Lindy Hop Instructor: LaTasha Barnes

Cinematographer: Taylor Antisdel

Photographers & Cinematographers: The Adeboye Brothers

Stage Manager: Kaz Russell, Chanel Pinnock

Video Installation Consultant: Rumwolf Video Productions

Assistant Lighting Designer: Domino Mannheim

Creative Director: Mirelle Martins

Artistic Administrator: E Katrina Lewis

Managing Director: Brittany Wilson

Digital Creative Associate: Pam Panozzo 

Press Agent: Kamila Slawinski

Worldwide Bookings: Lotus Arts Management, Sophie Myrtil-McCourty,

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"Since leaving Batsheva Dance Company, choreographer Shamel Pitts has been provoking audiences with multidisciplinary dance works that push against the boundaries of identity."
Candice Thompson
"So often I felt like my vulnerability and sensitivity and fragility was a weakness. But I wish to share with people, particularly other Black boys and men, that there is power within vulnerability."
Shamel Pitts
"Touch of RED project is collaborative all the way through: from the process at TRIBE, which Shamel, 36, founded as a multidisciplinary group of BIPOC artists where each member is a valued co-creator."

Touch of RED is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, YoungArts, Miami Light Project, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, New York Live Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Touch of RED is also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Mellon Foundation; developmental support and the world premiere presentation is made possible by co-presenters Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and Jacob’s Pillow. We would also like to thank the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Trust for Mutual Understanding, GIBNEY, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Artis. Bubble residency guidance provided by Duke Dang and medical consultant Dr. Wendy Ziecheck. For more information:

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.

First three performance photos (MASS MoCA co-presented by Jacob’s Pillow) by: The Adeboye Brothers
Dave Adeboye & Matt Adeboye

Promotional photos (color) by: Alex Apt

Rehearsal photos (black & white) by: Elvis Suarez – Glassworks Media