Current PDMR Residents: Spring 2018
We have two amazing PearlDiving Movement Residency artists coming in May/June 2018. Scroll down to learn more about Shamel Pitts (NYC) and Maree ReMalia (PGH)!
Shamel Pitts (NYC)
Shamel was born in Brooklyn New York. He began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and continued, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. Shamel then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School (receiving the Martha Hill Award For Excellence In Dance) and began his professional dance career with BJM_Danse Montreal and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance. Shamel continued his career with Batsheva Dance Company for 7 years. He is a teacher of Gaga, the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, and has taught for both Batsheva Dance Company and Ensemble. Shamel is currently a guest artist with Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s L-E-V Dance Company, And he is also staging Ohad Naharin’s repertory on many companies. For more information, please visit Shamel’s website:
About Shamel's Work
BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlonis a kaleidoscopic performance art experience using movement, light, and visual art. Although the title is from the cosmic phenomenon of a Black Hole, it is not a work on explaining/sharing the science of it. More so, it proposes to use the idea of the transformational environment of a Black Hole to create an atmosphere of mystery towards what it encompasses,
and what it can contain within it. BLACK HOLE proposes to engage an audience in a way that condenses the experience deeply into a colorfully hypnotic journey, without exit. The creative work is an international collaboration between Choreographer/Performance Artist Shamel Pitts (USA), Light Artist Tom Love (Israel), and Visual Installation Artist Lital Lev Cohen (Israel). BLACK HOLE is Shamel’s third creation of the “black series” Hence the sub title “Trilogy” “Triathlon” is a marathon in three parts. It’s A Race.
Performers: Mirelle Martins (Brazil), Tushrik Fredericks (South Africa), & Joy-Marie Thompson (Pittsburgh)
Maree Remalia (PGH)
Maree ReMalia is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Born in South Korea, and raised in the Midwest, her work celebrates diversity by welcoming individuals across identities, abilities, and disciplines to discover and express more of themselves and feel acknowledged and valued through movement. merrygogo is her platform for creating collaborative performance works. Her choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented in the U.S. and abroad at venues such as Dance Place (DC), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (PA), and Daegu International Dance Festival (South Korea). From 2015-2017, she was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency. She travels frequently facilitating movement experiences in professional, academic, and community settings. Maree earned her MFA at The Ohio State University and is a certified Gaga instructor. She is currently adjunct faculty at Point Park University and a performer in Lida Winfield’s Imaginary. For more information, please visit Maree's website.
About the Work
Dance artist, Maree ReMalia (PA), lens-based visual artist, Gigi Gatewood (NY), and performer Lillian Cho (DC) collaborate to create a new, multidisciplinary project. In A Letter Compiled From All Letters, the artists merge live performance and video works incorporating movement, sound, text, and storytelling. In this pilot phase, they work with Pittsburgh-based artists David Bernabo, Moriah Ella Mason, and Jil Stifel to include stories from letters contributed by individuals from the local community and beyond, as well as letters authored by the artists. Linking people across time and location through letter writing and today's technological tools, the artists shed light on what can not be said in a text or a tweet by asking contributors to recall significant moments and untold stories from their lives. The stories weave their way into live movement scenes and video projection; they are collapsed together, excerpted, told by new voices, developed like a call and response, or used to generate movement, mood, or scene. By including a range of voices, the artists aim to bring varied forms of narrative to the body and use video imagery to magnify what is meaningful about our experiences.
Collaborators: Gigi Gatewood, Lillian Cho, David Bernabo, Moriah Ella Mason, Jil Stifel