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The Exponential Festival Presents: Tin Iso and the Dawn

Tristan Allen

January 10 - January 14

$20 – $40

The Exponential Festival and The Brick present
Tin Iso and the Dawn
by Tristan Allen
January 10-14, 2022

Tin Iso and the Dawn is shadow puppet symphony performed alongside an original, full length album. The project shares the origins of an imaginary world created to give age-old magic life through puppetry and music.

Tristan Allen : Creator, Composer, Puppeteer
Jim Freeman : Technical Director

Tin Iso and the Dawn is operated by a solo puppeteer, composed and performed to explore the hidden turnings of a world at its genesis. Lights dim to black as a delicate melody slips into abstraction. Iso awakens to a bang as Tin crashes through the sky forming a hole above, light pours through and they meet. Their journey through shadow brings forth a rising sun and the beginning of life. Innovative puppetry, moving light, and symphonic structure collide in examining the universal longing to make sense of loss and what’s beyond.

Tin Iso and the Dawn is made possible with the support of Object Movement Puppetry and the Jim Henson Foundation.

Featuring opening sets by special guests:
1/10 Preston Wollner : Spooky puppetry of a ghost filled childhood home
1/11 Cole Haden : Sound collage and ambient dreamscapes equal parts euphoric and horrific
1/12 Tiresias : Ritual meditation and song cycle on why we voyage
1/13 Skeleton Zoo : Serene ambient music for live electronics and cello
1/14 (both 2pm+8pm) Time Wharp : Swirling compositions for guitar, keys, and live electronics

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

Exponential is a month-long January festival dedicated to New York City-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. theexponentialfestival.org


As a composer and performer of instrumental music, Tristan Allen’s work employs the narrative power of sound and puppetry to create rich works of fantasy through multimedia. With a background in solo piano, electronic music, and marionette theater, Tristan uses all tools at their command in presenting Tin Iso and the Dawn, the first chapter in a grand overarching story of the beyond.


Art and Design by Tristan Allen

​Content Warning: minor strobe effect


The Brick is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We rely on the generosity of our patrons. Consider giving a tax-deductible donation today to help make The Brick a sustainable hub of experimental performance for many years to come. Donate Here or Join Our Patreon

In consideration for the health and safety or our staff members, artists, and audiences, The Brick remains committed to maintaining vaccination requirements and mask mandates for our in-person presentations for the foreseeable future. We ask that all audience members remain masked. All staff and performers will be vaccinated; performers may not be masked. Audience can provide proof of vaccination with a government issued I.D. along with a physical copy or picture of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, the NYC COVID Safe App or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Please be patient with staff.



January 10, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 – $40


Tristan Allen


Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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