BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED
^^^Poetic Dance Performance^^^
Conceived, Written, And Performed By Shamel Pitts
In Collaboration with Art Director And Lighting Artist Tom Love
Buoyed by his trademark expressive movement, Pitts employs spoken word, evocative lighting (created by Israeli Art Director Tom Love), 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.
BLACK BOX was first performed at Shamel’s apartment in Tel Aviv, for an intimate audience of friends. It was first premiered for the general public as part of Batsheva Dance Company's "Batsheva Host" in Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, 2016.