Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Resident Artist

Shamel Pitts | TRIBE

Dance Residency

A performance art residency incubator initiated by TRIBE's Artistic Director Shamel Pitts, Solace of RED intertwines different art languages to create one live performance experience.

The creation and development of Solace of RED is made possible in part by Movement Without Borders, The Racial Imaginary Institute, JACK, and The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Additional TRIBE commissioning, development and core operating support is provided by the Mellon Foundation; Arison Arts Foundation; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The Howard Gilman Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Ford Foundation; 92Y Harkness Dance Center; National Performance Network (NPN) Creation, Development & Artist Engagement Fund Project. The Creation, Development & Artist Engagement Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency); New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Artist Bio


TRIBE – Multidisciplinary Visual Performances is a Brooklyn-based Afrofuturistic arts collective dedicated to creating, producing, and sharing original multidisciplinary global art projects. Understanding that performance art and live art are practices of human connection, TRIBE acts nationally and internationally by developing art exchanges in collaboration with institutions and artists, with a focus on the African diaspora.

Founded in December 2019 by choreographer and performer Shamel Pitts, TRIBE’s mission is cultivating space to create a platform for artists – most specifically artists of color – with huge inspiration from the Afrofuturism movement. This movement states that we have a responsibility through our work to tell new stories and create a brighter future that is different, and shines more luminously, from its past. Ultimately, TRIBE aims to bring its audience and community into experiences that humanize Black and Brown bodies and share the colorfulness within Blackness that allows us to be multiplicitous. TRIBE’s creative process allows for each artist to express themselves while in service to the vision and totality of the multidisciplinary work.

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