Brooklyn-based experimental musician Josiah Wise, known as serpentwithfeet, is bringing a new theatrical production centering queer Black nightlife to Seattle's Moore Theatre on November 1st.
Together with seven dancers in a theatrical dance and musical performance, Heart of Brick, 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. The dance hall is where the utopian potential of a safe space and a great love story unfold, with serpentwithfeet on stage himself. Combining music created for the performance, along with material from his new album Grip, Heart of Brick is an evocative new work that embodies the sweetness and sincerity at serpent’s core.
“The dance floor has been a medium for Black queer people to decompress and build community. Going out has given me incentive to go inward and I am a better person because of it,” Wise said in a statement about Heart of Brick. “Engaging the body is essential to engaging the spirit. I have proof.” - Josiah Wise for Pitchfork
Heart of Brick was co-written with poet Donte Collins, and MacArthur "genius" fellow Wu Tsang joins the production as director, with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly. Wise, who has a background in R&B and classical music, expresses desire and pleasure in his songs so beguilingly gentle that he has become one of the most exciting alternative R&B voices. He has performed with Bjork, Moby and was the opener for the North American leg of Grammy-winner Rosalía's 2019 tour.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
The Moore Theatre
Doors at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm