Miami Light Project, in partnership with YoungArts, presents:

Performance Series •

Touch of RED
Shamel Pitts | TRIBE

November 3 - 5, 2022 8 pm

About

Touch of RED is a new evening length performance work that consists of a duet for two men inside of a contemporary ring. The work investigates how Black men can allow themselves to soften, even under extreme pressure and heat. The confined space 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.

Rounds

1. RED Pollock
2. Lifeblood
3. Embers/Embraces
4. Interlude
5. Umbilical
6. The Glitch
7. gloves off!
8. Touching
9. Father | Son
10. Borderline Blood Burial

Artistic Team

Concept Direction & Choreography by:
Shamel Pitts

Performers:
Tushrik Fredericks & Shamel Pitts

Artistic Production Manager & Lighting Designer:
Rus Snelling

Video Mapping & Lighting Designer:
Lucca Del Carlo

Set Designer:
Mimi Lien

Costume Designer:
Dion Lee

Costume Stylists:
TT Britt & Tushrik Fredericks

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

Original Musical Score:
Sivan Jacobovitz

Dramaturge:
Ashley Pierre-Louis

Stage Manager:
Jennifer Puig

Rumwolf Video Productions:
Video Install Consultant

Domino Mannheim:
Assistant Lighting Designer

Lindy Hop Instructor:
LaTasha Barnes

Cinematographer:
Taylor Antisdel

Creative Director:
Mirelle Martins

Social Media Manager:
Pam Panozzo

For Bookings: Lotus Arts Management, Sophie Myrtil-McCourty, email: [email protected], website: https://lotusartsmgmt.com/
Website: Itsatribe.org

Additional Music

Ben Frost: “A Single Point of Blinding Light”

Burial: “Forgive”

Support

Consider making a tax-deductible contribution to TRIBE’s next live performances and art projects. We are an 501 (c) (3) arts and cultural non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: itsatribe.org

Touch of RED is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, YoungArts, Miami Light Project INC, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, New York Live Arts INC, 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’d like to also thank the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Trust for Mutual Understanding, GIBNEY, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Bubble residency guidance provided by Duke Dang and medical consultant Dr. Wendy Ziecheck. For more information: npnweb.org

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.

Biographies

Shamel Pitts (Concept Director, Choreographer, Performer, Founding Artistic Director): 2020 Guggenheim Fellow Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, choreographer, conceptual artist, dancer, spoken word artist, and teacher. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shamel began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. He is 2003 YoungArts Finalist and a first prize winner of the YoungArts competition. Shamel then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded the Martha Hill Award for excellence in dance. He began his dance career in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance and BJM_Danse Montreal. Shamel danced with Batsheva Dance Company for 7 years, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin and is a certified teacher of Gaga movement language. He is an adjunct professor at The Juilliard School and has been an artist in residence at Harvard University. He is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography, a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Award winner in Choreography, a 2020 Jacob’s Pillow artist in residence and a 2021 New York Dance Award winner (The Bessies). Shamel is the Founding Artistic Director of TRIBE, a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary arts collective. TRIBE is a 92Y Harkness Dance Center’s Artist In Residence for the 2020-2021 season. Shamel Pitts | TRIBE is also a New York Live Arts Live Feed artist in residence.

Website: shamelpitts.com
Instagram: @shamelpitts

Tushrik Fredricks (Performer & Costume Stylist): TUSHRIK FREDERICKS recipient of Princess Grace Award (Chris Helman dance honor), nominated by TRIBE in 2021 is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up he found himself drawn towards the style ‘KRUMP‘. He graduated from the Peridance Certificate Program in NYC in June 2015 and has had the opportunity to work with Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY (Danielle Agami, Artistic Director), Sidra Bell Dance New York and UNA Productions. Tushrik was an assistant lecturer to Sidra Bell at The University of the Arts Philadelphia for Sophomore students (2016-2018). In May 2021 Tushrik received 3rd prize for dance at the SoloTanz Festival in Stuttgart for his self choreographed solo ‘(territory) of the heart’ and in November 2022 it will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.

Instagram: @tushrik

Rus Snelling (Artistic Production Manager & Lighting Designer): AN AUSTRALIAN ARTIST with a career continuing over 30years, Rus has worked as a production, stage, site and tour manager, lighting and set designer, consultant, technical director and fire sculptor with arts organizations, institutions & freelancing on events and installations around the world ranging from intimate theatrical works, shows on and off Broadway in NYC and on London’s West End. His work includes large scale indoor and outdoor festivals, the Sydney Olympic Ceremonies, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Ceremonies & Cultural Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Montreal Just for Laughs, Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Vancouver Winter Olympics Cultural Festival, Centennial celebrations, river & street parades, tours & various music festivals. Some artists Rus has worked with are Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, John Leguizamo, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Tim Robbins & The Actors Gang, Taylor Mac, Patti Smith, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Bandaloop, Camille A Brown & Dancers, Abraham.In.Motion, Streb & Phantom Limb Company among many and on projects & tours in Australia, USA, Canada, Tunisia, Europe, Asia & South America. Rus worked at PS122 in NYC many moons ago and was the founding Production Manager & Resident Lighting Designer at Oz Arts Inc in Nashville TN for 6 years before moving to Miami to continue freelance work and is proudly working on the tour of And So We Walked featuring DeLanna Studi and is excited and honored to be part of the
creation of Touch of Red with TRIBE.

Lucca Del Carlo (Video Mapping & Lighting Designer): is a graphic designer and video artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a founding member of the Brooklyn/New York based multidisciplinary arts collective known as TRIBE. He has created the lighting and video mapping projections for numerous performance works and has toured and performed live with the collective in many countries all over the world. He specializes in transmedia, mixing cinema techniques, concepts of architecture, visual arts, light design, and technology, and integrating those into the direction and creation of scenography, immersive environments and visual live shows. In his view, all ways of visual communication have interlacing points, not only using technology but also using human cognition and its related censorial illusions. Del Carlo’s specialty is mixing it in new ways to inspire and break common patterns in visual expression.

Website: luccadelcarlo.com  

Mimi Lien (Set Designer): Mimi Lien is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She hails from New Haven, CT and is based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, and is the first set designer ever to achieve this distinction. Selected work includes Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway, TONY Award, Lortel Award, 2013 Hewes Design Award), John (Signature Theatre, 2016 Hewes Design Award), Appropriate (Mark Taper Forum, LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Preludes, The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), An Octoroon (Soho Rep/TFANA, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), Black Mountain Songs (BAM Next Wave). Her stage designs have been exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 and 2015, and her sculptures were featured in the exhibition, LANDSCAPES OF QUARANTINE, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Her designs for theater, dance, and opera have been seen around the U.S. at such venues as Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, the Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Joyce Theater, Goodman Theatre, Soho Rep, and internationally at Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia), Intradans (Netherlands), National Theatre (Taiwan), among many others. Mimi Lien received a B.A. in Architecture from Yale University (1997) and an M.F.A. in Stage Design from New York University (2003). She is a company member of Pig Iron Theatre Company and co-founder of the performance space JACK.

Website: mimilien.com 

Dion Lee (Costume Designer): is a designer brand hailing from Sydney, Australia, established in 2009 by its eponymous Creative Director. Renowned for experimental construction combined with traditional tailoring, the brand has pioneered a modern identity for Australian fashion. The Dion Lee aesthetic is technical with an intelligent sensuality. Each collection marries innovative construction, with a consciousness of the form. Textiles are engineered to form sculptural embellishments. Architectural silhouettes are dissected to enhance movement and the flow of air and light. After debuting at Australia Fashion Week, Dion Lee presented collections in London before relocating to New York, where the brand has become a permanent fixture on the seasonal schedule. In 2013, Cue Clothing Co. acquired a shareholding stake in Dion Lee as part of a strategic partnership to develop and accelerate the brand’s domestic and international growth. Dion Lee is sold globally in over 40 of the world’s most exclusive retailers including Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Lane Crawford. Australia is home to seven flagship stores, each designed to reflect the constructed nature of the product, in an environment that is both industrial and luxurious.

Website: dionlee.com 

TT Britt (Costume Stylist): is a multidisciplinary artist based in NYC. TT’s storytelling origins began as a fashion stylist, and in recent years, those narratives have grown to include sonic transmissions as a DJ. The Virginia native is based in New York and draws inspiration from their communities both here and across the globe. Infusing the classic shape shifting sounds of the Midwest with the paradigm shifting sounds of Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, and beyond. Their sets will take you on a hard-hitting celestial journey through euphoric melodies, spastic synths, and cunty chants. Uniting rhythmic frequencies of opposing forces, TT’s singular style is much like that of a “Meditating Gunrunner.”

Website: ttbritt.com 

Sivan Jacobovitz (Original Musical Score): lives in Brooklyn. Dance collaborations include: TRIBE/Shamel Pitts’ Black Hole (touring internationally) and Touch of RED; Kimberly Bartosik’s I hunger for you (BAM Next Wave) & through the mirror of their eyes (NYLA – Bessie Outstanding Production Honoree); MENAGERIE (with Shamel Pitts/Deville Cohen/Gibney Company); ASSEMBLY with GREYZONE.

Instagram: @sivan_daniel 

Ashley Pierre-Louis (Dramaturge): Ashley Pierre-Louis grew up on the lands of the Tequesta, Miccosuki and Seminole tribes. With education from New World School of the Arts and later from Florida State University, Pierre-Louis began to discover her passion for movement, the human form, and arts administration. Ashley is currently artistic administrator and performer with Shamel Pitts’ multidisciplinary arts collective, TRIBE. Ashley is the associate choreographer for the play Help (2022) by acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, directed by Taibi Magar, and commissioned at The Shed in New York. She is also in process with Indigenous choreographer Emily Johnson in her newest multi-scalar creation, Being Future Being. She has premiered the play Thoughts of A Colored Man by playwright Keenan Scott II and director Steve Broadnax III at Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage. She has performed for the premiere of Donna Uchizono’s work March Under an Empty reign at The Joyce: NY Quadrille Festival, has been one of GALLIM’s Moving Women spring artist – in – residence and she has also been a part of Alvin Ailey’s inaugural Choreography Unlocked Festival under the direction of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women, and Robert Battle. Ashley has attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, as well as Gaga intensives in Tel Aviv and New York.

Instagram: @ashleypierrelouis 

Jennifer Puig (Stage Manager): Jennifer Puig is a Dance Teaching Artist, Trainer, and Dance Movement Therapist with a specialty in inclusion, education, and community building. Jennifer currently stage manages and works as assistant stage manager at Miami Light Project, YoungArts, and the Arsht Center pop- up Arsht on the Road performances. Jennifer received an Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College and studied Dance in USF (2001- 2003), and studied Professional Dance and Stage Management skills under the mentorship of Gary Lund at Florida International University (2005-2008). Jennifer’s work in stage managing is denoted by being “the calm amidst the storm” and providing a positive creative supportive environment for all artists and technicians to thrive and collaborate in. Jennifer has worked as a stage manager for organizations such as MDC Kendall, Anchor Arts and Hued Songs. Jennifer was recently invited to stage manage a multi-artist stage at Make Music Miami 2022 in Lincoln Road, and the upcoming Here & Now 2023 show at Miami Light Project. Jennifer loves stage managing because she can hone in on her natural skills of leadership, time keeping and co-creating a positive supported community in the name of the arts. Jennifer is great at taking notes, following through on diverse tasks, communicating with a variety of individuals and roles, as well as using musicality and rhythm to “call shows” to the best of her ability.

Rumwolf Video Productions (Video Install Consultant): Rumwolf Video Productions is a Visual Arts Studio and Live Event Production Company based in Bentonville, Arkansas. We specialize in Interactive Projection Mapping Art installations, High End Multi Camera IMAG/Video Switching, Creative Content Creation, Post Production Services, Production and Show Design, Producer Services and large scale Live Event Projection/Video production for corporate meetings, public and social events. Rumwolf was founded with very specific goals in mind; Affect audiences in unique ways through the marriage of artistic vision and cutting-edge audio visual technologies; and Collaborate with passionate, vision oriented clients to produce projects, shows and events that are challenging, creatively satisfying and truly one of kind experiences for attendees. Rumwolf Video Productions believes that at the heart of any show or event is an important common goal; A message to communicate and a story to tell. We believe in your big, crazy ideas and want to help you realize them.

Domino Mannheim (Assistant Lighting Designer): Domino is a freelance Lighting Designer and Assistant from Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Lighting Design. Most recently she graduated in 2022 from Rose Bruford College in London with her Masters in Lighting In Performance. She loves working on theatre productions, musicals, opera, and dance. Some recent productions she has assisted on include The Devil Wears Prada, the Musical at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago, Oratorio at Ars Nova in New York City, Ain’t too Proud First National Tour at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, and Iphigenia at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston. As a travelling Designer and Assistant, she is grateful to have had the opportunity to help on this production and look forward to seeing it come to fruition!

LaTasha Barnes (Lindy Hop Instructor): LaTasha Barnes is an internationally recognized and awarded dance artist, educator (Asst. Prof of Dance ASU), and tradition-bearer of Black American Social Dance. Currently operating between New York and Phoenix, Barnes’ expansive artistic, competitive, and performative skills have made her a frequent collaborator to arts organizations around the world. She is also honored to serve on the Brain Trust guiding the ground-breaking stage production SW!NG OUT, as well as the visionary creator and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed intergenerational and intercommunal cultural arts experience ‘The Jazz Continuum’.

Website: latashabarnes.com

Taylor Antisdel (Cinematographer): Taylor is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and photographer, with a BFA in Directing from the School of Visual Arts. With a background in filmmaking, he strives to create photographs that are cinematic and multilayered.

Website: taylorantisdel.com

Mirelle Martins (Creative Director): Originally from Brazil, Mirelle Martins received her Bachelor Degree in Social Communications from UnB (Brasília, 2002-06). She has worked as an artist, independent curator and art producer since 2010. In 2013, Mirelle started to research performance art with the intensive summer course of Gaga.people.dancers in NYC. Since 2015, she has been producing Gaga courses yearly in Brazil, so far reaching over 1200 students. In 2016, as a 32-year old, Mirelle made her dancing debut in “BLACK VELVET”, a duet by Shamel Pitts, with light designer Lucca Del Carlo. The show toured in the US and internationally from 2017 to 2020, and has received the Audience Choice Award in Stockholm Fringe Festival (Sweden, 2017), and Best out of Town Production by ArtsATL (Atlanta, 2018), and sold-out performances at ImPulsTanz (Vienna, 2018), BAM Fisher (Brooklyn, 2019), and Adelaide Festival (Adelaide, 2020). In the live performance “BLACK HOLE” (Pitts, 2018), Mirelle collaborated as performer and costume designer. Since 2019, Mirelle is one of the founding artists of TRIBE, Brooklyn-based arts collective led by Pitts, where she also acts as Creative Director.

Website: mirellemartins.com

Joel (Pam) Panozzo (Social Media Manager): Joel (Pam) Panozzo is originally from Southwestern Michigan and studied printmaking at Eastern Michigan University. He spent his early career as a graphic designer working with numerous nonprofits. He left the nonprofit sector to open a food cart and subsequently three vegan restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His restaurants have been featured in the New York Times and Bon Appétit Magazine. During his decade in the restaurant industry, he advocated for fair wages and ending workplace sexual harrassment at the U.S. Congress, D.C. City Council and Michigan State Congress. For his advocacy work he was honored with the Pace Setter Award presented by Jane Fonda and RAISE High Road Restaurants. Panozzo left the business at the end of 2019 and is now the Social Media Manager & Graphic Designer of Shamel Pitts’ multidisciplinary performance collective TRIBE.

Sophie Myrtil-McCourty (Booking Agent): Sophie Myrtil-McCourty founded Lotus Arts Management in July 2014. She is originally from Paris, France, where she graduated from a translation and interpretation school in the French, English and German languages. After college, Sophie worked in Paris as a freelance translator. She has always enjoyed the performing arts world, particularly dance, which she has practiced as an amateur for many years. Additionally, her sister is a dancer/choreographer in Paris and Sophie has frequently helped her with her administrative work and international booking. In 1998, Sophie moved to NYC and started working for Marlies Yearby first as her personal assistant, then as the administrator of her dance company, Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater. In October 2000, she joined the staff of Pentacle as the Administrator of the Help Desk program. As she also enjoyed booking other artists on the side, Sophie was promoted to join the Pentacle booking department in July 2004. She became the Director of the Department in 2008 and worked with an eclectic roster of six companies until June 2014. Sophie has also served on several panels including Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks. She was on the committee of the 2015 Wassaic Festival; sat on the board of Tennessee Presenters; and was an Advisory Council Member of the Field Leadership Fund, which is based on the premise that advancements in diversity among leadership will lead to a more equitable arts sector in New York City and beyond.

Wesbite: lotusartsmgmt.com

About Miami Light Project

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; and offers educational programs for students of every age. Since our inception, we have reached a diverse cross-section of communities throughout Miami-Dade County with an extensive outreach effort that includes partnerships with other arts organizations, universities and social service agencies. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.

About YoungArts

YoungArts was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify exceptional young artists, amplify their potential, and invest in their creative freedom. YoungArts provides space, funding, mentorship, professional development and community throughout artists’ careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12 in the United States, that is judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. For more information, visit youngarts.org, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter.

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