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The Exponential Festival Presents: Flow My Tears Digital Edition

Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza

January 22

Free

***Due to a rise in COVID cases and an abundance of caution in regards to the health of our performers, staff, and audience, all Exponential Festival performances are pivoting to digital or postponed presentations. This event will be filmed at The Brick and will premiere on The Exponential Festival YouTube Page***

The Brick and Exponential Festival Presents
Flow My Tears
Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
theexponentialfestival.org

A funeral service streamed to the internet, where the audience and the protagonist are both digital ghosts, searching for corporeal feelings of mourning out in the late-night city and encountering the consequences of a momentous event without really being there. This project comes from deep wondering about loss, familial and otherwise, that occurred this past year in which only a cursory, observed, virtual processing served as a simulacrum of mourning.

100% of donations made during the event and/or earmarked for Flow My Tears go to the artists.

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Created and Performed by
Braulio Cruz
John-Philip Faienza
Hannah Kallenbach
and Teri Madonna
Written by Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
Directed by John-Philip Faienza

Filmed at The Brick Theater by Zanni Productions

A series of monologues accompanied by two electronic musicians on keyboards, broken up by songs, in which a person, or ghost, leaves the theater and goes searching for corporeal feelings of mourning out in the late-night city, shifting between the present moment and an alternate version of themselves later in the century, meeting fellow wanderers and machine antagonists. Phillip K. Dick wrote the novel, “Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said”, in which a famous pop singer in a dystopian future wakes up and discovers he has never existed. He took the phrase from a 16th century song about fully-inhabited despair. This piece has us wandering the unexplored, glowing emotional spaces in between our islands of digital existence. We hope to meet the audience somewhere in our wandering.

The Exponential Festival:

~ A pleasure, a mess, a thrill, and a dream. ~​

Exponential is a 501c3 January performance festival for NYC-based emerging artists working in experimental performance. The participants in this multi-artist, multi-venue festival are committed to ecstatic creativity in the face of commercialism. Exponential is driven by inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas coupled with utopian resource-sharing, mentoring and the championing of risky, rigorous work in eclectic fields.

Venue

Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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Phone:
718-907-6189
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