I flick on the wall-mounted television in our small, Chicago hotel room. It’s late morning. I am just starting to mobilize since I arrived late the night before after a work week that was supposed to be short but still felt long. I am eight months pregnant and feeling particularly unambitious about the day, but I will see a dance concert in the evening. Shamel Pitts, along with his collective called TRIBE, will be performing their new work, entitled Touch of RED, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Although Touch of RED is not the first multidisciplinary visual performance created by Shamel Pitts/TRIBE, it will be the first I have seen. I am more familiar with Pitts as a performer than as a dance-maker. He is Juilliard trained, and his professional dance resumé includes big names like Mikhail Barishnykov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, BJM, Danse Montreal, and Batsheva Dance...

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