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:
3 hundred Unicorns
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