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BLACK VELVET – Architectures And Archetypes

A Award Winning  Multidisciplinary Performance Art Work

by Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca Del Carlo.

Premiered in São Paulo, 2018, the International Tour started in  2017

with performances in

2017:  Berlin, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

2018: New York City, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Atlanta,

Vienna, Singapore, Baltimore, Kaunas. 



April 24 & 25

Carolina Performing Arts  

North Carolina | US



May 9-12 

BAM – Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn | US

See full Schedule



The work ‘BLACK VELVET – Architectures and Archetypes’

researches and shares the sensibility of ideals,

models and textures as a projection of self.


The dealing within these 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


Black Velvet Photos by Alex Apt





Creation and Performance: Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins
Choreography: Shamel Pitts
Light and Video mapping: Lucca Del Carlo.
Collaborative Lighting Artist: Tom Love.
Costume Designer: David Gap
Photos and Videos: Mauricio Pisani, Alex Apt, Wilian Aguiar, Rebecca Stelle, Itai Zwecker
Audio: Tentáculo Áudio (Ed Côrtes)
Graphic Design: Idan Epshtein
International Communications: Katherina Vasiliadis


“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 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. this Weekend.”

Read Full Interview by Elizabeth Schmuhl


Shamel Pitts created Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes, which he performed with Mirelle Martins. Pitts is a very capable former-Batsheva dancer and a novice choreographer. But he has presence and strong creative urges that are expressed in very personal perceptions of space and light, drawing our attention to relationships between bodies and architecture, and music and text.
He brings to the stage his unique sensitivities regarding his art, along with a promise of things to come”.

THE JERUSALEM POST, Ora Brafman,  12, 09, 2017



The music roars disturbingly loud, white noise drumming on furiously. Two ever-so-graceful bodies glide on stage, the feeble light slowly focusing on their muscular forms as they push and strive, embrace and break apart. Their shorn heads and similar build make it almost impossible to discern between the pair of dancers. Are they female or male? Are they fighting or making love? Are they winning or losing? Does it even matter? This ambiguous, magical duo who enjoy both provoking and moving their audiences to tears are artists Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins”

TIMEOUT ISRAEL, Joy Bernard,  11, 22, 2017


“Dance researcher Einav Katan- Schmid wrote of Black Velvet that it “moves in between the limits of humanity; it conveys the rigidity of cultural form and uncovered exposure of self at the same time. The dance travels among strong images and individual expressions, between formality of movements that are developed into explosions without control. The sensitivity of the dancers and their relationship are mesmerizing.” 

THE JERUSALEM POST, Ori J. Lenkiski,  11, 29, 2017




Black Velvet is an independent and international performance art project made possible with the collaboration of many individuals, institutions and professionals.

The project has Fiscal Sponsorship by New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) and can receive donations of any amount as non-profit project, 501 (c) (3).

Let’s make it happen together.




To our patrons, supporters, and friends:


Ohad Naharin

Miki & Etty Kenny

Sasha Kipka

Bruce M Halpryn

Saar Harari

Jaja Taylor

Alexandra Wells

Kobie Flashman

Yuri Zhukov

Batya Aviram

Danyella Proença

Rodolfo Borges

Eduardo Tallia

Graziela Bastos

Liliane Grammont

Susana Yamaguchi

Ines Bogea

Fernanda Loredo

Nev Schulman

Risa Steinberg

Galit Reich

Dan Reisner

Diego Iraheta

Hsin-Yi Hsiang

Margie Gillis

Rodrigo Borges

Barbara Frum

Marcos Felipe 

Gabriel Gontijo

Nigel Campbell

Sidra Bell

Dennis Bell

Emil Kang

Peggy Baker

Hai Zoaretz

Ravid Sevil

Kevin Petite

Michele Mccoy

Stan Pressner

Anna Long

Lars-Uwe Luther

Dalit Itai

Erez Berger

Memory Keeper

Troy Ogilvie

Lia Bezerra

Emily Walsh

Joshua Antoine

Fred Rodrigues

Vitor Veras

Mirna Nogueira

Gustavo de Lacerda

Carla Alonso Cancelara

Armando Araujo

Fabio Barbato

Marion Talan

Isabella Mullholand

Taryn Kaschock Russell

Stephen Weinstock

Michelle Brugal

Ulysses Owens, Jr.


Laura Tarrish

Thomas Lee Irvin

Banning Bouldin

Guy Shomroni

Alvin Glover

Leonardo Assad

Salomao Diniz

Markelly Martins

Eunice Martins

Joana Hotte

Nana Yaa Poku

Humberto Cunha

Ezio de Castro

Yusha Sorzano

Vanesa Garcia

David Martinez

Valaria Murria

Wojtek Baczynski

Vitor Reis

Anna Reyes

Stav Struz

James Viveiros

Lisa Conely

Ravid Kahalani

Alexandre Jolicouer

Nabil Carone

Raquel Miranda

Olivia Cho Lund

Claudio Arriagada

Bobbi Jene Smith

Ian Robinson

Rachel Osborne

Robin Mathes

Ashley Menestrina

Helene Ducos Bourgeouis

Sebastian Abarbanel

Gerard X. Reyes

Iyar Elezra

Umi Akiyoshi

Stephanie Amurao

Helena Brandi

Raphael Franzini

Aline Paz

Ivan Franco

Mario Rabelo

Juliana Froelich

Jorge Brivilati

Bruno Bocchese

Marco Andreol

Lygia Young 

Luiz Roberto

Clauber Volinsky

Jin Young Won

Sean Howe

Sharon Booth

Carolyn Amurao

Itamar Stern

Alexander Andison

Camila Saeko

Erick Rosa

Mariana Gatti

Carolina Ramos

Joao Sprovieri

Joana Franco

Dan Walczak

Raoni Leao

Katherine Cowie

Guilherme Moreira

Ronan Sato

Andre Bezerra

Eira Glover

Tomer Heymann

Dario Dinuzzi

Keren Lurie Pardes

Gai Behar

Sharon Eyal

Iris Ruttenberg

Matan David

Tushrik Fredericks

Yuval Moyal

Yana Pev

Irit Neeman

Noya Neeman

Leo Lerus

Alisia Pobega

Felipe Fleury

Litty Lev Cohen

Bianca Marie

Joy Marie Thompson

Dimitry Yashin 

Thiago Correia

Tanner Ryan

Amos Avnon

Liya Geldman

Nat Irvin

Rick Smith

Roslyn Anderson

Noa Paran

Jhonny Mathews

Alex Quetell

Roger Prince

Jada Williams

Itai Zwecker

Ariel Angel

Barbara Frum

Dominic Santia

Constantin Von Canal 

Max Makowski

Michelle Mathesius

Penny Frank

Adam Potrykus

Annika Sheaf

New York Foundation for the Arts

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

DOCK 11 – EDEN Studios

Batsheva Dance Company


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