Flow My Tears (Everybody Dance)
John-Philip Faienza, Braulio Cruz, and Teri Madonna
on The Exponential Festival YouTube Page
additional live performances at The Brick Theater
July 7, 9 - 10, 13 - 15 at 8pm
A performance featuring live electronic music, singing, and surprise guests. Now we’re together in the room, and what happens? We look forward to hosting you in our community space.
This project comes from deep wondering about loss that occurred the past few years in which only a cursory, observed, virtual processing served as a simulacrum of mourning.
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. Madonna released the album Everybody Dance in October 1982.
Created and Performed by
and Teri Madonna
Featuring Surprise Musical Guests
Written by Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
Associate Director Teri Madonna
Directed by John-Philip Faienza
This is a live reimagining of a digital work also created for The Exponential Festival. See the digital version at the link above.
John-Philip Faienza is a Canadian theatre artist of Argentinian and Italian settler descent living and working in NYC. His performance work has been included in the SummerWorks and Rhubarb festivals for contemporary performance in Toronto. Some personal interests that often make it into his work: family histories, urban planning, jazz, speculative fiction, international cinema, decolonial movements, global politics, modern philosophy, and art history. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner of 10 years, loves to bike, and has become a very good cook during the pandemic.
Braulio Cruz, a New York based performer, writer, and electronic musician who originates from Brazil, creates works that explore issues of language, identity, psychedelics, and spirituality. He has a BFA in Drama from New York University and has worked extensively as an actor with the company Drunkard's Wife, and as an assistant director for Young Jean Lee. As a musician he has released two LPs, Pool (2018) and The Braille of the Soul (2020), with a third project coming in 2022.
Teri Madonna is a performer, composer, sound designer, and creator of original work. Performance credits include: Heather Christian’s Animal Wisdom [Bushwick Starr]; Dave Malloy’s Blue Wizard/Black Wizard [Incubator Arts]; Passage Thru [Clubbed Thumb Winterworks 2021/dir: Estefanía Fadul]; The Nomad [The Flea/dir: Elizabeth Swados]; to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack [La Mama/harunalee theater co]; tiger, tiger: on the nature of violence [Dixon Place/dir: Jessica Almasy]. BFA: NYU Tisch, Playwrights Horizons Theater School.