I’m a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography!

I’m proud to be a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography! NYFA provides unrestricted grants to New York-based artists through NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $30 million to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The funds can be used in any manner the artists […]



BLACK VELVET @ BAM Fisher – May 2019

    After SOLD OUT Performances in NYC in 2018, BLACK VELVET returns to NYC for its Brooklyn Premier at BAM FISHER in May, 2019. BLACK VELVET – Architectures and Archetypes is an original multidisciplinary performance art work created and premiered by Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca Del Carlo. BLACK VELVET is a celebration of […]

BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon

        BLACK HOLE is Shamel’s third creation of the “black series” Hence the sub title “Trilogy” “Triathlon” is a marathon in three parts. It’s A Race. NEXT PERFORMANCES:  August 15, 16 & 17, 7pm – DOCK 11 | BERLIN

SPRINGBOARD X | shift perspective

  SIDRA BELL, PETER CHU, SHAMEL PITTS. Shift your perspective at Springboard’s third annual fundraising workshop + showing in collaboration with Gibney [NYC]. 2 days. 3 Springboard Artists. No audition. The informal showing on Nov 18th is open to the public: Showing: SpringboardX | shift perspective   cover photo by David Katzenstein ; Springboard 2017

MENAGERIE @ Gibney Dance Company

    MENAGERIE World Premier: Nov. 16 – 18th 2018 Gibney Dance Company – NYC – Tickets – CO-Creation with Shamel Pitts & Deville Cohen  Original Music: Sivan Jocobovitz Menagerie, derived from the French word “menage,” a strange or diverse collection of people or things in a household unit.    Blurring the lines between Dance […]

BLACK HOLE @ CROSS AWARD – Verbania, Italy

Several weeks after its premier, BLACK HOLE by Shamel Pitts, won the Cross Award in Italy. Among more than 200 applications, BLACK HOLE was selected to be one of the three projects for a residency in Verbania.   After 15 days of rehearsals and research, the site-specific version of BLACK HOLE was presented on October 20th 2018 […]


Shamel Pitts

CHOREOGRAPHY FELLOWSHIP WILL SUPPORT NEW WORK FOR GIBNEY DANCE COMPANY Shamel Pitts has received a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography, becoming part of a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group of working artists who have also received this award. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and […]

Interview at Qiio Magazine

Dance in the Age of the Technological Revolution – An Interview with Shamel Pitts Shamel Pitts is a dancer, choreographer and ex-member of the Israeli dance ensemble Batsheva. For Qiio he talks about the unifying power of dance and whether we will one day dance with robots.

Interview at Michigan Quartely Review

In January, I trekked from D.C. to New York City in the snow for the sold-out performance of Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes. Five months later, I’m still thinking it. Sold out performances are becoming routine for Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins. The New York Times recently listed their May NYC performances of the show as one of “10 […]

Black Box at The New York Times

“Black Box: The Little Black Book of Red” is a dark, electrifying solo that incorporates some of Mr. Pitts’s writing on identity, a self-portrait of a dynamic dancer finding himself in a foreign land.


  A Newly Commissioned Performance Work For Harvard Dance Project Choreographed By Shamel Pitts Artist In Residence At Harvard University