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Miami Light Project Presents in Partnership with YoungArts Touch of RED by TRIBE

November 3 – November 5, 2022 | 8:00 pm–10:00 pm EDT | $25-$30 | Miami Theater Center
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About the Event

The RED Series continues Shamel Pitts’ research to propose and share the colorfulness within Blackness. Pitts has met a multitude of performers from various countries of the African diaspora, widening his understanding of the diversity of Black people and forming the realization that we find home through a shared platform. Through the RED Series, Pitts is creating a body of work that supports, shelters and cultivates an Afro-futuristic performance art landscape in which the multitude of our diversity and capacity is realized, allowed, nurtured and shared. 

Part of the Red Series, “Touch of RED” is a new male duet that takes place in a contemporary ring. Its research deals with the allowance of Black men to soften; the power in vulnerability; and the meeting point of two individuals within a boxed space that references a futuristic and voyeuristic gladiator entertainment site in which a heat path between the two performers builds not out of aggression or combat, but with an enhanced, electrifying effeminacy that heals. 

Bold. Boiled. Blood. 

 “Touch of RED” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Miami Light Project INC, Jacob’s Pillow, YoungArts, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, New York Live Arts INC, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The piece has also been supported by the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Trust for Mutual Understanding, GIBNEY, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Bubble residency guidance provided by Duke Dang and medical consultant Dr. Wendy Ziecheck.