ICA: BLACK HOLE—Trilogy And Triathlon
BLACK HOLE—Trilogy And Triathlon is a multidisciplinary performance choreographed by the award-winning movement artist Shamel Pitts and co-created and performed by his Brooklyn-based arts collective TRIBE. Deeply inspired and infused by the spirit of Afrofuturism, the performance combines dance, original sound, video projection, and light design in a tale of vitality and tenderness, darkness and light, personal growth and collective empowerment.
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 illuminated 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 Tushrik Fredericks and Ashley Pierre-Louis; 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.
Following the Friday performance, members of the company will join John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director/Curator of Performing Arts, for a post-performance conversation.