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Shamel Pitts | TRIBE:
Touch of RED World Premiere Co-presented by Jacob’s Pillow


  • Archive, Dance, Upcoming Performance

  • October 21 & 22, 2022
  • $20 Students
    $35 Advance
    $45 Day of
    $75 Preferred
  • Hunter Center

Tickets to Saturday, October 22 – SOLD OUT
Audience members do not need to attend both evenings to experience the piece, the performances on Friday and Saturday will be the same.

Created by the visionary arts collective TRIBE—led by artistic director and choreographer Shamel Pitts—Touch of RED will have its world premiere at MASS MoCA this fall. Reimaging the boxing ring from a space of duels to one of duets, Touch of RED challenges how we think about male vulnerability, utilizing projection, animation, and lighting to create an immersive world for its central duo as they turn a space of aggression into one of softness.

Touch of Red is part of Shamel Pitts’ “RED Series” which continues his research to propose and share the colorfulness within Blackness, creating a body of work that supports, shelters, and cultivates an Afro-futuristic performance art landscape in which the multitude of Black diversity and capacity is realized, allowed, nurtured, and shared.

Following the Saturday evening performance, join us for an Artist Talk Back with Shamel Pitts and Jacob’s Pillow’s Melanie George, Associate Curator and Director of Artistic Initiatives.

Touch of RED…was inspired by Pitts’ fascination with the quickness of footwork in boxing and camaraderie within combat.” — Wada Udobong, The Observer

Take a look inside the creative process when Shamel Pitts | TRIBE were in residence at Jacob’s Pillow back in 2020:

Make a Plan

  • Preferred ticket holders get the best seat in the house and museum admission on the day of or after the event.
  • This performance will take place inside MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Masks are required during the performance, except while eating and drinking.
  • Please note, that museum admission is not included with your event ticket unless indicated. Purchase museum admission here.
  • All events at MASS MoCA are accessible to all audiences. Please contact accessibility@massmoca.org if you would like to inquire about accessibility needs and services.
  • By purchasing a ticket to join MASS MoCA’s visitors, staff, and artists on the museum campus, you agree to follow a Courtesy Code, detailed here. Our full COVID FAQ is here.
  • All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.


Planning on dinner before the show? Check out restaurants in downtown North Adams or find a nosh right here on campus: Bright Ideas BrewingDoor Prize, or Lickety Split CafeLickety Split Cafe, our museum cafe, will also serve small bites during the show. A full bar serves Bright Idea Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits.

Photo by Alex Apt

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