BLACK VELVET: Architectures and Archetypes
Thu, May 9, 2019 - 7:30pm
Fri, May 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sat, May 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sun, May 12, 2019 - 3:00pm
BAM Fisher/Fishman Place
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

May 9 (Benefit Gala): $65, $40
May 10-12: $50, $20


A former company member of Batsheva Dance Company and the 2018 recipient of Princess Grace Award in Choreography Shamel Pitts returns home to Brooklyn with his recent work BLACK VELVET: Architectures and Archetypes. The piece, which played to sold-out houses in NYC and around the world in 2017, is the second installment of the Black Series and a follow-up to his autobiographical solo Black Box. Comprising vignette-like solos and duets immersed in intense music, evocative lighting and complemented by the spoken word, BLACK VELVET is a theatrical meditation on transcending the boundaries of gender, race, love, friendship, and identity. This multimedia-infused work, choreographed by Pitts, is a product of a two-year collaboration with his performing partner Mirelle Martins and lighting designer Lucca del Carlo.