Gibney Dance Company is thrilled to announce the gdc curated: residency, supporting Shamel pitts in february 2019
GDC is honored to curate the work of burgeoning choreographers annually through its GDC Curated presentation platform. The new GDC Curated: Residency will expand the program to provide past GDC Curated performance artists with space and support for new creations.
The inaugural GDC Curated: Residency will support Shamel Pitts in the development of a new work in collaboration with composer and immersive artist Ricardo Romaneiro. Through a grant by Chashama’s Space to Create program, Pitts will receive three weeks of free studio space at The Vinegar Factory on the Upper East Side in February 2019. Pitts will also receive a $5000 stipend, and Gibney operational support.
“It has been an honor to watch Shamel’s work unfold over the last two seasons under our ‘roof,’” say Senior Company Director Amy Miller and Co-Director Nigel Campbell. “This new, exciting expansion of the GDC Curated platform underscores GDC’s commitment to providing sustained opportunities for exceptional creators at critical junctures in their careers. This would not be possible without the visionary leadership of Gina Gibney and the greater Gibney organization.”
“For an artist in dance to have a space to reside and nurture new ideas, as well as access to do the necessary lab work, is incredibly valuable,” says Pitts. “I will utilize this residency towards the creation of a new solo, LAKE of Red (Working Title), a poetic audiovisual performance installation. I will also revisit the three full-evening works in my ‘black series’, submerging myself in them to eventually resurface and experience the works anew.”
Pitts will share an excerpt of this new work for an intimate audience at The Vinegar Factory on February 19, 2019. The evening will also include a display of project materials from Pitts’ past works, and a discussion of upcoming projects and performances including his upcoming performances of BLACK VELVET: Architectures and Archetypes at BAM Fisher May 9-12, 2019.
This residency program is the latest facet of GDC’s evolving model of ‘artists supporting artists.’ GDC thrives on building partnerships: commissioning emerging and experienced choreographers to create new work on the Company for its annual seasons at 280 Broadway; giving performance opportunities to artists deserving of greater visibility through the GDC Curated Performance platform; offering teaching residencies and socially-minded engagements with the larger community; and now extending additional creative support through the GDC Curated: Residency. The company aims to develop expansive programming that will provide holistic, long-term support to dance artists in the studio, on stage, and beyond.
about shamel pitts
Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, dancer, spoken word artist, teacher, and choreographer. He is a recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography. Born In Brooklyn NY, Shamel began his training at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and The Ailey School. Shamel received his BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded The Martha Hill Award for Excellence in Dance. He joined and performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, then continued to BJM_Danse Montreal. Shamel danced with Batsheva Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin and is a certified Gaga teacher.
Chashama transforms dormant real estate for artists to create and present their work, and offers free art classes in underserved communities. Chashama was founded in 1995 by Anita Durst to celebrate the legacy of theatre visionary Reza Abdoh. Chashama’s initial focus was on the production and presentation of new theatre. Recognizing that a lack of affordable space was the biggest threat to sustaining a diverse cultural environment in New York City, Chashama began to work toward securing studio and presentation space in Midtown Manhattan for struggling artists by partnering with property owners who provided unused space to Chashama. In the first decade Chashama secured seven locations on 42nd street between 6th and Broadway, presenting over 700 shows. Since then Chashama has moved from midtown Manhattan to the 5 boroughs and beyond, giving artists work and presentation spaces, as well as providing free art workshops in underserved communities. Currently, Chashama presents 150 events a year, has workspace for 120 artists, and has developed 80 workshops.To learn more, visit www.chashama.org.
Photos by Scott Shaw.