Please note this performance includes a strobe effect and strong language. 

Brooklyn-born musician serpentwithfeet’s experimental electronic music tenderly explores passion and love between gay Black folks. The Guardian said of his 2021 record DEACON, “There can be few albums this year more wholesome, soppy, or unabashedly life-affirming.” He joins MacArthur “genius” Fellow Wu Tsang and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly to present Heart of Brick, a theatrical dance and musical performance that tells the story of two men finding themselves and falling in love in a gay dance hall and captures the multi-generational spirit of the Black queer community. Combining music created for the performance with material from serpentwithfeet’s new album, as well as older songs, Heart of Brick is an evocative new work that embodies the sweetness and sincerity at serpent’s core. 

Read the performance program.

Created by serpentwithfeet 
Directed by Wu Tsang 
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly 
Co-written by serpentwithfeet & Donte Collins 
A Joyce Theater Production 
Produced: The Joyce Theater 
Co-Produced: Kampnagel International Summer Festival 
Co-Commissioned by: The Joyce Theater Foundation, Kampnagel International Summer Festival, The LA Phil – with generous support from Linda and David Shaheen, Seattle Theatre Group, Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa 


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