MENAGERIE @ Gibney Dance Company




World Premier:

Nov. 16 – 18th 2018

Gibney Dance Company – NYC


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 and Object Theater, choreographer Shamel Pitts and visual artist Deville Cohen explore the quixotic individuality of the six dancers in Gibney Dance Company. Inspired in part by Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Pitts and Cohen worked with a group of custom-built and readymade objects to exaggerate the differences in each performer. 


The movement was also designed and found to amplify their sense of self. Pitts and Cohen tried to create the possibility of a space where each dancer can live and thrive inside this environment with this given collection of objects, and also while negotiating their individuality.

MENAGERIE is made for:

6 Dancers

5 Roses

4 Freedas

3 hundred Unicorns

2 Co-creators


Co-created by Shamel Pitts and Deville Cohen

Choreography by Shamel Pitts

Directed and objects by Deville Cohen

Original soundscore composed by Sivan Jacobovitz


Menagerie has received generous support from The Artis Grant Program.


Shamel Pitts is a 2018 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award winner for the creation of Menagerie