Shamel Pitts’ TRIBE: Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon

Shamel Pitts’ TRIBE: Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon

Friday, December 2, 2022 . 8PM
Special Announcement: 

Audience Advisories:

·There will be no late seating or re-entry once the performance begins. This performance contains partial nudity, haze and strobe lights.

·Please note that Stadium Drive Garage hourly visitor parking will not be permitted after 5PM on 12/2/22.  Parking will be free in surface Lots 1/Z.

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Program Notes: 

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed. 

Artist, dancer and choreographer Shamel Pitts presents Black Hole, the third in his Black Series trilogy of works built on the Gaga movement language developed by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. It’s a kaleidoscopic performance art experience using dynamic movement, original sound, innovative lighting and effects and cinematic video projections that uses the idea of the transformational environment of a black hole to create an atmosphere of mystery toward what it encompasses. The work researches and shares an odyssey in which three gifted Black artists (all of African diaspora) unite to create a trinity of vigor, afrofuturism and embrace.

A graduate of and now an adjunct faculty member at The Juilliard School, Shamel danced for seven years with Batsheva Dance Company under Ohad Naharin. He is the artistic director/founder of TRIBE, a New York–based multidisciplinary arts collective and was a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.

Parking Advisory:

Please allow extra time for travel and parking due to a UMD home basketball game. Stadium Drive Garage will be available only for pre-paid basketball parking and The Clarice parking passholders.  Stadium Drive Garage hourly visitor parking will not be permitted after 5PM.  Parking will be free in surface Lots 1/Z.

This event is part of the Visiting Artist Series. The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series features regional, national and international artists who visit the University of Maryland for performances and other activities. Beyond the stunning work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive engagement that creates exciting connections with students and the community. During their time at UMD, Shamel Pitts and TRIBE will have engaged in:

  • Class visits to the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
  • Technical rehearsals open to all UMD students


This engagement of Shamel Pitts is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This performance is also supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.



Health + Safety

Patrons attending University of Maryland arts events are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. We continue to encourage audiences to wear a mask and stay current with vaccinations and boosters. Please see our Health & Safety information page for information about what to expect during your visit.