There was a celebratory spirit in the packed house on opening night for Shamel Pitts’ and Tribe’s New York Live Arts season. As people located their seats, energetic jazz riffs played over the sound system and projected white specks of light floated in a circular formation on the black stage floor simulating the cosmic phenomenon of a black hole. At long last, the final instalment of Pitts’ “Black Trilogy,” titled “Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon,” was having its pandemic-delayed New York premiere.
Shamel Pitts, Marcella Lewis, Tushrik Fredericks in “Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon” by Shamel Pitts
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading