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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.

Two Black men pose in color sweaters in front of a group of dancers in striking poses behind them on a stage
Photo Credit: Justin French

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 halland 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



ARTE NOIR is partnering with Seattle Theatre Group to offer an exclusive 20% discount on tickets to this special event. Simply hit the "unlock" button on the ticketing page and enter the discount code SWF20 in the box to have the twenty percent off applied to your purchase.

Purchase your tickets here

Two Black Men in colorful sweaters pose on a stage in front of a group of back up dancers in striking poses
Heart of Brick promotional photos by Justin French


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