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serpentwithfeet dancers in white tank tops and colored stocking hats in movement in background with two members standing in front and center looking into the camera, one embracing the other from behind.
Justin French


Heart of Brick

Presented by
The Englert Theatre
Adults $25
Students & Youth $10
Thursday, October 5, 2023, 7:30 pm

A Joyce Theater Production

Presented in collaboration with The Englert Theatre

A Hancher co-commission! 

Directed by Wu Tsang, Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, Co-written by serpentwithfeet & Donte Collins. 

The New York Times says, "The music serpentwithfeet makes is immediately distinctive, harnessing his gospel and classical training to a startling emotional openness." The musician brings that sensibility to an ambitious new project. 

Telling the story of two men finding themselves and falling in love in a gay dance club, Heart of Brick is a theatrical dance and music performance that celebrates the multi-generational spirit of the Black queer community. serpentwithfeet's alternative R&B music—in combination with the direction of MacArthur "Genius" Wu Tsang and the choreography of Raja Feather Kelly for seven virtuoso dancers who are masters of many movement styles—shapes a tender and evocative new work of creative storytelling. 

Co-commissioned by: The Joyce Theater Foundation; The International Summer Festival (Kampnagel); The LA Phil - with generous support from Linda and David Shaheen; Seattle Theatre Group; and Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa. 

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The love of the club, the essential role of nightlife in Black queer life, and the soft side of masculinity are what audience members will experience Thursday evening, when serpentwithfeet brings his new “Heart of Brick” production to the Englert Theatre.

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