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BLACK HOLE — Trilogy And Triathlon


October 19, 2023 - October 20, 2023

Location: Dance Cube

In a dimly lit scene, three dancers are on their back with their limbs extended up

BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon is a multidisciplinary performance choreographed by the award-winning movement artist Shamel Pitts, co-created and performed by his Brooklyn-based arts collective TRIBE. BLACK HOLE constitutes the final installment of Pitts’s “BLACK Series” triptych.

Deeply inspired and infused by the spirit of Afrofuturism, this contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk combines dance, original sound, video projection, and light design in a tale of vitality and tenderness, darkness and light, personal growth and collective empowerment.

“These bodies are bronzed and creaturely. These are dancers of strong presence and control.”
— Brian Seibert (The New York Times — Critic’s Pick)

In a dimly lit scene, three dancers are bathed in red, blue, and green

In BLACK HOLE, a trio of Black performers (all of African heritage) shares the stage in a narrative of unity, vigor, and unrelenting advancement. Their journey originates in the darkness of the titular Black Hole, understood not as a cosmic void but a metaphorical place of transformation and potential. Engulfed in an evocative soundscape of original music, sound samples, and spoken word, the dancers embark on an hour-long, uninterrupted journey in movement in which their tenacity and grace are emphasized by cinematic video projections and stark, monochromatic lights. Choreographed by 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and 2021 Bessie Award winner Shamel Pitts, who also performs in it, the piece features dancers Marcella Lewis and Tushrik Fredericks; video and lighting designed by Lucca Del Carlo; music composed by Sivan Jacobvitz; spoken word text by Shamel Pitts; and costumes by Naomi Rapaport and Mirelle Martins. Photography and cinematography for the piece are by Itai Zwecker and The Adeboye Brothers.

$25 general admission, $15 for senior citizens (55+), $15 for all students

Two performances only:
Thursday, October 19, 8 p.m. — please visit here to reserve seats
Friday, October 20, 8 p.m. — please visit here to reserve seats

The Dance Cube, located on the 3rd floor of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, is easy to visit, with lots of free parking. Please visit here for directions and parking information.

Photography by The Adeboye Brothers.


October 19, 2023
October 20, 2023
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