Shamel Pitts at APAP

 

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Photo by Alex Apt.

 

BLACK BOX:
Little Black Book of RED

APAP SHOWCASE
January 6-7, 2017
14TH STREET Y THEATER
344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
TICKETS: $20, AVAILABLE HERE

An enigmatic performance featuring a solo by Shamel Pitts, a former company member of Israel’s iconic Batsheva Dance Company.

Buoyed by his trademark expressive movement, Pitts employs spoken word, evocative lighting, and video to construct a personal, poetic narrative about the search for identity and striving for survival amidst impermanence. Performed in a confined space in nearly pitch-black darkness, the work features recordings of Pitts’ ruminations jotted down during his travels with Batsheva. Obliquely referencing the flight data recorder, BLACK BOX transcends traditional travel journal format, becoming instead a record of a life as – in a nod to Nina Simone –  a “young, gifted and Black” artist, thriving in constant motion.

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