DNAWORKS - The Secret Sharer
Live Performance: TBA
By: Joseph Conrad
Co-Creators: Daniel Banks, Kwesi Johnson, Adam McKinney, Ken Norris, and Giovanni Ortega
DNAWORKS is adapting Joseph Conrad’s 1909 novella The Secret Sharer into a mixed-media
performance work. Considered an early queer text, The Secret Sharer integrates
dance/text/music/projections and will be performed in an open-concept space with
audiences co-creating the environment and the narrative. In an extension of our
community storycircle practice, audience members will share their stories during
the performance, interspersed at critical moments in the narrative.
This devised work is an exploration of fragility, tenderness, and intimacy in times of
personal duress and societal discrimination--the narrative of a silent, shared connection
between two outsiders in the face of violence. In response to an increase in both hate
crimes and the visibility of LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ youth suicides worldwide, we wish to create
a space for resiliency and healing.
DNAWORKS is a Fort Worth, Texas-based arts and service organization dedicated to dialogue
and healing through the arts. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Banks and Adam W. McKinney,
DNAWORKS centers BIPOC and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ voices to create more complex
representations of identity, culture, class, and heritage in dance, theatre, film, and writing.
DNAWORKS has led its award-winning programming and performances, promoting dialoguebased
social justice action and community building, with arts, educational, and community
organizations in thirty-seven states and seventeen countries. DNAWORKS believes that art = ritual
= healing = community and that this philosophy and practice lead to a more peaceful world.
For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Jiles@dnaworks.org or 214-417-6095.
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