The Exponential Festival
January 13 – January 26, 2017
The Exponential Festival presents and promotes theatrical performances created by New York-based artists and exhibited across Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Shon Arieh-Lerer’s Mind Body Drop Away
Saturday January 13 | Chez Bushwick | 5pm & 8:30pm
Sunday January 14 | Chez Bushwick | 7pm
Shon Arieh-Lerer, Kevin Laibson, Others TBD
Shon Arieh-Lerer combines comedy, street dance, fake philosophy, and clowning.
Zen monks have described his highly-physical works as “total mind body transformation” and “Is it still comedy if it kind of breaks your heart?”
Mind Body Drop Away is a one-man-show of character monologues and stand-up comedy that pushes the boundaries of how we look at our bodies and our concept of self. It’s equal parts Monty Python, Pina Bausch, Samuel Beckett, and nothing anybody has ever seen before. Arieh-Lerer will have you laughing, chanting, crying, hugging, and wishing you’d never been born.
Shon Arieh-Lerer is known as The Genius of Comedy. He makes videos for Slate and writes humor pieces for the New Yorker. He is a street-dance disciple of Ghost, O.G. of the Possession style of Bruk Up. The Genius of Comedy has performed at the Fringe Festival, the Ice Factory Festival, the PIT, the UCB, Dixon Place, the Duplex, the subway, and other venues. He is also the world’s most recognized living translator of Yindjibarndi poetry, (published in World Literature Today, Poetry International, and other magazines).
Saturday January 13 | Chez Bushwick | 7pm
Sunday January 14 | Chez Bushwick | 5pm & 8:30pm
Written + performed by Caitlin Bebb
Directed by Dara Malina
Sound Collaboration with Peter Mills Weiss
Motivational Speaker & Life Coach, Caitlin travels from California to New York City to spread the message of her Grandfather’s teachings in a genre-defying journey equal parts SelfHelp-DanceParty-Workshop-
Caitlin Bebb is an actor/performer/writer/creator based in Brooklyn. As an actor in new york she has performed at The Ontylogical/ Incubator Arts Project , HERE Arts Center, The Brick, Theater for the New City, House of Yes, loft apartments, warehouses without names, and Antwerp, Belgium. As a creator/ director/ writer, her work has been seen in New York at The Silent Barn, Cloud City, Chez Bushwick, Jimmy’s No. 43, Brooklyn Fire Proof, BOOM!, Cake Shop, and Vital Joint. Caitlin premiered THE PROTÉGÉ at Chez Bushwick in June 2017 and at Flugwerk in Berlin, Germany in August 2017. She is a funding member of GLASS BANDITS Theater Company. Training: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, BFA SUNY Purchase.
Dara Malina is a director of theatre, performance, opera and video. She recently directed a workshop of Jillian Walker’s STRUCTURE/RACE at JACK and playwright/performer Daaimah Mubashshir in a solo piece at the AMERICAN AS F*CK festival at the New Ohio Theatre. Her experiments in performance include THIS IS A PROTEST OF WHAT HAPPENED (The Brick), Clarice Lispector’s THE HOUR OF THE STAR (Connelly Theater), Müller’s HAMLETMACHINE, LILITH (Columbia Stages), BLANCHE IN A BOX, HYSTERIA PROJECT/BEAUTIFUL WOMEN EATING CAKE (chashama), LES BOUDOIRS DES DEUX FEMMES (chashama; Bushwick SITE festival), and THE POST-STRUCTURALIST UTOPIA: NOW, WITH CATS! (chashama; Ugly Ducking Presse 2015 Emergency INDEX). She has collaborated with playwrights at EST, The Tank, Dixon Place, The Flea, and Rattlestick. Recently, Dara directed COSÌ, an opera film featuring Mozart’s COSÌ FAN TUTTE and is currently working on OPHÉLIE, a second opera film. MFA Theatre Directing, Columbia University. www.daramalina.com
Friday January 19 | 100 Bogart | 7:30pm
A group of animated and exquisite dancers perform an array of characterizations from the poetic to the absurd. They communicate through misty oceans. They connect and disconnect under ambition. They sing a ritualistic song while forming common languages of ink and individual languages of ambition. They enjoy group harmony and interaction and become fossils in their geometric patterns.