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Black Velvet: Architectures And Archetypes

Shamel Pitts

BLACK VELVET: Architectures and Archetypes is an original multidisciplinary performance art work created and premiered by Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca del Carlo in São Paulo, Nov/2016 at Teatro Sérgio Cardoso. A research about the sensibility of ideals, models, and systems in a projection of self. Structures and textures as a power for creation. The inaugural international tour of BLACK VELVET will be happening in New York, Berlin, Stockholm, and Sao Paulo (TBD), The production includes "Black Velvet Art Book" " Black Velvet Video Art" and performance workshops.


BLACK VELVET is a celebration of the many textures, beauty, delicacy, and strength within us.. It Is an art work that aims to share and reflect on  the colorfulness of blackness -especially in regards to black women- in a relationship of love, compassion and camaraderie. 

The dealing within structures of systems is to discover what is inside of us, between us, and around us. To hopefully bridge the distances so that we can see and meet each other.  Some systems must be broken, re imagined,  in order to reconstruct. .   

The international tour will commence in Berlin/DOCK 11 (August 10,11), Stockholm/STOFF Stockholm Fringe Festival (September 6,7), Sao Paulo Brazil/TBD (September 30, October 1) New York/14th Street Y Theater (January 11-14) and potentially  other cities through 2018 onward.

The artists involved in the project are: Shamel Pitts (African American, choreographer/performer), Mirelle Martins (African Brazilian, performer), Lucca del Carlo and Tom Love  (Brazilian and Israeli Video mapping and light artists), Anna Zepa (Brazilian, director assistant, producer manager) and Mauricio Pisani (Brazilian, photographer and cinematographer).