The Exponential Festival
January 13 – January 26, 2017

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The Exponential Festival presents and promotes theatrical performances created by New York-based artists and exhibited across Brooklyn and Manhattan.



2018 Programs:


Shon Arieh-Lerer’s Mind Body Drop Away

Shon Arieh-Lerer

Saturday January 13 | Chez Bushwick | 5pm & 8:30pm
Sunday January 14 | Chez Bushwick | 7pm

Shon Arieh-Lerer, Kevin Laibson, Others TBD
60 minutes

Shon Arieh-Lerer's Mind Body Drop Away-2

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).

 

The Protege

Caitlin Bebb

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
45 minutes

The Potege

 

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-Baptism…in a desperate attempt to heal others, will she save herself?

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

 

Thea Little

Friday January 19 | 100 Bogart | 7:30pm

Thea Little

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.

 

Chez Bushwick Presents | 2Night Show | Chez Bushwick AIRs Cycle 3 AIRs:
Lauren Bakst, Amanda Hunt & IV Castellanos, Tingying Ma, Ashley R.T. Yergens

Thursday January 25 | 100 Bogart | 7:30pm
Friday January 26 | 100 Bogart | 7:30pm

© Anne Staveley
© Anne Staveley
Featuring:
Lauren Bakst
Lauren Bakst is an artist and writer living in New York. She works in, with, and through dance, approaching the situation of performing as an object of inquiry. Lauren is working or has recently worked with effie bowen, Chanterelle Menashe Ribes, Laura Morrison, students at University of the Arts School of Dance, Ivo Dimchev, and Yuri Masnyj. She is an editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal. Lauren currently manages Private Collection, a personally-motivated performance-archive.
 
Ash R.T. Yergens
Ashley R.T. Yergens is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE SmackDown. He’s a 2016 boo-koo artist-in-residence at Gibney Dance, and a 2016-17 Fresh Tracks Artist at New York Live Arts. Please text your favorite emoji combination to him at (507)412-1381.
Amanda Hunt and IV Castellanos
Amanda Hunt has performed her own work at Judson, AUNTS, PPL, Governor’s Island Art Fair, Larkin Arts (Harrisonburg, VA), Segundo Piso (Puebla, MX), Grace Exhibition Space, and choreographed for the late Liz Swados in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has attended the Old Furnace Artist Residency (Harrisonburg, VA), presented at Open Engagement at Art Fair, Larkin Arts (Harrisonburg, VA), Segundo Piso (Puebla, MX), Grace Exhibition Space, and choreographed for the late Liz Swados in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has attended the Old Furnace Artist Residency (Harrisonburg, VA), presented at Open Engagement at the Oakland Museum, and remounted a sculpture for visual artist Jackie Winsor at Hauser Wirth and Schimmel in Los Angeles. Amanda has been dancing with Kathy Westwater since 2013, and has also worked with Kira Alker + Elke Luyten, Sam Kim, and De Facto Dance. Collaborative works with IV Castellanos have been performed at Gibney Dance Center, Highways Performance Space (L.A.), PPL, Rosekill, and this fall at the Aha Festival (Santa Fe, NM) and Danspace Project (MR Festival). IV Castellanos is an abstract performance artist and sculptor. They collaborate regularly with PPL and have also performed at the Queens Museum, Gruentaler9 (Berlin), DFBRL8R (Chicago), Grace Exhibition Space, IV Soldiers, Dixon Place, and Gallery Sensei. They are the founder of FAG (Feminist Art Group), who have performed at PPL as well as Rosekill Art Life Institute (Kingston, NY) and also assist visual artist Jackie Winsor, for whom they remounted a sculpture at Hauser Wirth and Schimmel in L.A. Collaborative works with Amanda Hunt have been performed at Gibney Dance Center, Highways Performance Space (L.A.), PPL, Rosekill, and this fall at the Aha Festival (Santa Fe, NM) and Danspace Project (MR Festival). IV is Latinx Bolivian-American Trans Queer artist.
Tingying Ma
Tingying Mais a New York based theatre artist. Her contextual practice with immaterial performance examines mass amnesia, mediation and false ideological hygiene. Tingying has been active as Future Host, a conceptual writer duo. Her works have been presented internationally including: Knockdown Center, Queens, BankArt Studio, Yokohama, Signature Theatre and The Current Sessions, Manhattan. She obtained her a MFA from Columbia University where she was mentored by David Henry Hwang and Ong Keng Sen.