• Erin Bomboy

IMPRESSIONS: Shamel Pitts’ “Black Box: Little Black Book of Red”


Shamel Pitts' Black Box: Little Black Book of Red at Gibney. Photo by Scott Shaw.

Who is Shamel Pitts?

This question spurs his Black Box: Little Black Book of Red, which was curated by GDC, a program for choreographers who share values with the Gibney Dance Company. During its half-week run, audiences witness Pitts’ search for identity in a world where the only constant is change. His answers — because it appears there’s more than one — suggest he’s someone who accepts change yet preserves and protects parts of himself from changing too much.

Who was Shamel Pitts?

Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, he attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts before receiving a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. In addition to performing with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, he was a member of Batsheva Dance Company for seven years. There, he became fluent in Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s movement language, which he teaches around the world.

This laudatory résumé, however, isn’t the point. Instead Pitts, his cut-glass body painted gold like a scepter, treads . . .

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