Shamel Pitts poses with two dancers in black and white lighting in a close up photo

Shamel Pitts | TRIBE

BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon

UCLA student on sale: Sep 1, 2024

These bodies are bronzed and creaturely. These are dancers of strong presence and control.” Brian Seibert (The New York Times – Critic’s Pick)

BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon is the final part of Shamel Pitts' BLACK Series triptych, brought to life by the Brooklyn-based arts collective TRIBE. This multidisciplinary performance, enriched by Afrofuturism, weaves together dance, sound, video, and light into a narrative celebrating vitality, tenderness, and the power of unity and progress. Through the journey of three performers of African heritage, BLACK HOLE explores themes of transformation and potential, transcending the darkness into a metaphorical space of empowerment. 

This uninterrupted hour-long performance highlights resilience and elegance, set against a backdrop of captivating visual and audio elements, including original music and spoken word. Conceived by 2024 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and Guggenheim Fellow Shamel Pitts, who also performs, alongside dancers Tushrik Fredericks and Marcela Lewis, this work features contributions from a talented creative team. BLACK HOLE is not just a performance but a culmination of Pitts' exploration of identity, community, and artistic evolution, marking the birth of TRIBE as both a collective and a movement towards cultivating a unique space through shared Afrofuturistic visions.

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