In The Media

I’m a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography!

It is with immense gratitude and excitement to share that I am a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship Award Winner in Choreography! I am honored to be amongst other esteemed, diverse artists who have also received this Fellowship. Established in 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists. Fellowships are intended […]

I’m a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography!

I’m proud to be a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography! NYFA provides unrestricted grants to New York-based artists through NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $30 million to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The funds can be used in any manner the artists […]

BLACK VELVET @ BAM Fisher – May 2019

    After SOLD OUT Performances in NYC in 2018, BLACK VELVET returns to NYC for its Brooklyn Premier at BAM FISHER in May, 2019. BLACK VELVET – Architectures and Archetypes is an original multidisciplinary performance art work created and premiered by Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca Del Carlo. BLACK VELVET is a celebration of […]

MENAGERIE @ Gibney Dance Company

    MENAGERIE World Premier: Nov. 16 – 18th 2018 Gibney Dance Company – NYC – Tickets – 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 […]

BLACK HOLE @ CROSS AWARD – Verbania, Italy

Several weeks after its premier, BLACK HOLE by Shamel Pitts, won the Cross Award in Italy. Among more than 200 applications, BLACK HOLE was selected to be one of the three projects for a residency in Verbania.   After 15 days of rehearsals and research, the site-specific version of BLACK HOLE was presented on October 20th 2018 […]


CHOREOGRAPHY FELLOWSHIP WILL SUPPORT NEW WORK FOR GIBNEY DANCE COMPANY Shamel Pitts has received a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography, becoming part of a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group of working artists who have also received this award. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and […]

Interview at Qiio Magazine

Dance in the Age of the Technological Revolution – An Interview with Shamel Pitts Shamel Pitts is a dancer, choreographer and ex-member of the Israeli dance ensemble Batsheva. For Qiio he talks about the unifying power of dance and whether we will one day dance with robots.

Interview at Michigan Quartely Review

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 […]

Black Box at The New York Times

“Black Box: The Little Black Book of Red” is a dark, electrifying solo that incorporates some of Mr. Pitts’s writing on identity, a self-portrait of a dynamic dancer finding himself in a foreign land.

TimeOut Israel Black Velvet Interview

Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins bring dark harmony to Israel’s stages

Interview En L’air

I had the pleasure of speaking with SHAMEL PITTS about his new project BLACK BOX  in New York.

Channel i24 Interview

Watch the interview on i24 News  

OUT Magazine Interview

Batsheva Dancer Shamel Pitts Returns to U.S. with New Production Black Box

Black Box Featured in DAZED Magazine

How can art and film take on the issues that are the most difficult for us to process?

Interview for DANCE Magazine

Meet Shamel Pitts, A Former Batsheva Dancer with a Striking Dance Film.

Shamel Pitts on Coming Home – The NY Times

An interview for The New York Times


Choreography for Yemen Blues.


Eye wear commercial with super model Bar Refaeli.

Black Box Review by Ora Brafman

The performance location’s address on 23rd Lilienblum street didn’t tell me anything about the show.


Choreography for a music video with singer NaMa.

Interview for the NY DAILY NEWS

An interview for the NY DAILY NEWS in 2014.

Turning Heads in Tel Aviv – The NY Times

An interview for the New York Times on a dancer’s life in Israel.

LG Commercial

Participating in a commercial for “The Worst Moments to Run Out of Battery”.


Featured dancer in Asaf Avidan’s music video.