Shamel Pitts: Black Velvet – Architectures and Archetypes

(New York/USA)

Two bodies glowing as if made of liquid metal explore each other’s contours in the darkness. Shaved heads and naked torsos blur the boundaries between masculine and feminine; the dance shifts from formalised patterns to uncontrolled corporeal explosions. The loincloths worn by the couple suggest an archaic origin; geometric structures point to a technology of the future: “Architectures and Archetypes” is the subtitle of this multidisciplinary performance, with which Shamel Pitts celebrates the colour black. The titular “black velvet” is soft in texture but also absorbs light and reflects it in its very own shadowed way. What does it mean to be black today? What do semi-naked bodies signal in an over-sexualized society? Can they also be simply beautiful? The New Yorker Shamel Pitts danced with the Batsheva Dance Company for many years and is a teacher of Ohad Naharin’s movement language, Gaga. The Brazilian Mirelle Martins was lauded for her “phenomenal performance” at the ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival.

“Clothed only in loincloths, the golden fetishistic bodies seem to have emerged from the dawn of humanity.” – Der Standard, Vienna

“A performance in which analogies are drawn between choreographed dance and architectural design.” –

Dates & Prices

25.– € / dis.: 23.– € / under-18: 15.– €


Dauer // Duration: ca. 55 Minuten ohne Pause // approx. 55 minutes with no intermission


Kreation & Performance // Creation & performance: Shamel Pitts & Mirelle Martins
Choreographie // Choreography: Shamel Pitts
Licht- & Videodesign // Lighting & video design: Lucca Del Carlo
Kollaboration Lichtkunst // Collaborative lighting artist: Tom Love
Kostümdesign // Costume designer: David Gap
Photos & Videos: Mauricio Pisani, Alex Apt, Wilian Aguiar, Rebecca Stelle, Itai Zwecker
Audio: Tentáculo Áudio (Ed Côrtes)
Grafikdesign // Graphic design: Idan Epshtein
Internationale Kommunikation // International communications: Katherina Vasiliadis


Photos: Alex Apt

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