GDC: HOME ADAM BARRUCH + SHAMEL PITTS & DEVILLE COHEN
ADAM BARRUCH + SHAMEL PITTS & DEVILLE COHEN
The meaning of the word “home” is deeply personal. Its definition varies based on one’s relationship to it. For some, home is the place we can always return to, while for others it’s something we are looking to find. It can stir up feelings of security and safety, or trigger memories of trauma and pain. However we each choose to define it, the concept of “home” has a profound impact on each of our lives.
Gibney Dance Company’s HOME program features two world premieres that explore the many nuanced layers of this universal theme through the unique lenses and experiences of GDC Guest Choreographers Adam Barruch and Shamel Pitts, both native New Yorkers.
Join us for a special pre-show reception on opening night to meet the artists and toast to GDC’s Fall Season! Meet and hear from GDC Founder & CEO Gina Gibney, 2018 Princess Grace Award Winner Shamel Pitts, and acclaimed choreographer Adam Barruch, and enjoy the first look at Pitts and Barruch’s world premieres during the opening night of HOME. Top off your evening by celebrating with GDC’s Co-Directors, Artistic Associates, and all collaborating artists! Refreshments will be served. $50 ticket includes exclusive pre-show reception, GDC performance, and post-show celebration.
Want to learn more about Shamel Pitts’ Menagerie? Artis presents a performance preview and discussion with Deville Cohen and Shamel Pitts and moderated by Lydia Bell on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Imprint Ghosts explores the energetic echoes of time and emotion that remain in a physical space long after they occur. As we navigate through these familiar spaces we find ourselves not only reacting to our immediate lives, but also navigating through a field of the unfamiliar past.
Shamel Pitts & Deville Cohen
The word “menagerie” derives from the French word “menage,” defined as a strange or diverse collection of people or things in a household unit. Menagerie is a co-creation with choreographer Shamel Pitts and visual artist/director Deville Cohen. This new work will explore the quixotic individuality of each of the six dancers of Gibney Dance Company. Taking cues from Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Pitts and Cohen will exaggerate the performers’ differences by researching movement that amplifies their sense of self, and then resurface the possibility of a space where each of them can live and thrive inside of a given collection of objects and environments, while negotiating their individuality.
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.
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