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CC9E06: Chainsaws on a plane, improv recursion and ORCHIDS

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In the CatCave9 science guest-spot: Kathrin Garschall from the Flatt Group at UNIL

A fulfilling and fruitful intellectual life, such as that of the average scientist, requires having one’s ideas constantly questioned and confronted. This, on a daily basis, can be quite taxing and emotionally draining. For immediate relief, our eight Catalyzers helped our Lausannois audience embark on a live and improvised musical holiday, in a world where cats can sing, and whales have a reason to celebrate (despite Brexit).

After the fall of Rome had been demonstrated quite graphically in ballet form, a polyamorous Walt Disney couldn’t wait to see more animals copulate. In short scenes, we discussed both the utility of perimenopause, and the casual threat of chainsaws on a plane. Simultaneously proving and disproving his improv-ninja mastership, Charles “Kenobi” Mullon demonstrated the art of breaking his finger on stage without anyone noticing (40 pairs of eyes are our witness).

In the science guest-spot this time was Kathrin Garschall from the Flatt Group at UNIL. She talked about experimental evolution extending the lifespans of fruit flies, and how this affected their immune system. This led our improvizers to take apart reality and perform a recursive improv-inside-improv moment at an imaginary Cinema Oblo inside a real Cinema Oblo, where flies constantly face the reality of a 3 month mating cycle, the Cinema Oblo economy, and bad improv shows running over time.

Finally, the Catalyst embraced their musical side, during our pièce de résistance of the night: “ORCHIDS” – a 20 minute musical long form with live piano improvisation provided by the fantastic Samuel Muscinelli.

We can’t wait to see all of you again after the summer break! Stay tuned!

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Sixth Show: Thursday 23.06.2016

The Catalyst proudly presents
CatCave9: Monthly English Improv Theater, with a dash of science

This CatCave9 episode has basically already won the Pulitzer: It’s full of lavish long-form, succulent science, and a surprise guest star to celebrate the end of Spring season!

In our shows we explore improvisational comedy, both in short and long form, with a dash of science: each show features a guest scientist, presenting his research to the audience and the improvisers – you’ll be surprised where this takes us!

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CatCave9/E06

Thursday 23.06.2016
Cinema Oblò, Avenue de France 9, Lausanne

Doors: 19:00h, Show: 20:00h
Regular: 10 CHF
Students/AVS/Chom: 5 CHF
No reservations and seats are limited to 50 people – first come, first seat, make sure to come early enough!

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CC9E05: Evolution, Femga & Pogo stick crackdowns

In the CC9 science guest spot: Christian Riegel from CERN
In the CC9 science guest spot: Christian Riegel from CERN

One hour away from CERN, in Lausanne, deep inside the underground Cinéma Oblò, our eight Catalyzers set themselves on a direct collision course with comedy, guided by MC Yuliy Schwarzburg and the audience.

As a result, some of us ended up acting their way to Jupiter, enforcing the law by cracking down on gangs of pogo stick punks, or tumbling their way towards convergent evolution. We even had a celebrity cameo by Beyoncé at a police station (don’t tell, she was there incognito), and sadly met Minnie Mouse at a wake.

Our science guest speaker was Christian Riegel from CERN ATLAS ID who talked about coercing state of the art particle sensors into disintegrating in the name of science. His energetic talk led the Catalysers to seek solace in silence and explore gender superposition by means of yoga in the form of Broga and, you saw it here first, Femga. Be sure to check out Christian’s improv group: Shark Pockets!

Sadly, all these characters and stories vanish from the stage at the end of the show, never to be seen again. But don’t be afraid, we will conduct new high energy improv experiments in our next show on Thursday 23 June!

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Fifth Show: Thursday 19.05.2016

The Catalyst proudly presents
CatCave9: Monthly English Improv Theater, with a dash of science

CatCave9 is back for the spring season in Cinéma Oblò in Lausanne downtown. Now with more science, and more long-form! As usual, we show every third Thursday of the month.

In our shows we explore improvisational comedy, both in short and long form, with a dash of science: each show features a guest scientist, presenting his research to the audience and the improvisers – you’ll be surprised where this takes us!

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CatCave9/E05

Thursday 19.05.2016
Cinema Oblò, Avenue de France 9, Lausanne

Doors: 19:00h, Show: 20:00h
Regular: 10 CHF
Students/AVS/Chom: 5 CHF
No reservations and seats are limited to 50 people – first come, first seat, make sure to come early enough!

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Picked-up Lines: CC9E04

At CatCave9 we play a game called “Pickup Lines“: During the break, you, the members of the audience, write down phrases on pieces of paper. These phrases are then incorporated into a short improvised scene.

Here are the Top 10 selected from our last show on 21.04. Check them out – you might just find your own phrase here in the ranks of unforgotten lines!

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CC9E04: Grandmothers, Relativity & Self

In the CC9 science guest spot: Roy Salomon from the EPFL

Performing to a roaring full house of Lausannois, seven Catalyzers took Cinema Oblo by The Force, all under the enlightened guidance of MC Charles “Kenobi” Mullon and his crimson kitten heels.

We learned that general relativity could, maybe, should probably be, you know, a bit more specific, and that it is possible to book a carpet holiday to Casablanca. We also had the chance to appreciate good grandmotherly advice, and fantasized with a parallel world in which alligators eat sushi and airport scanners contain drug-detecting dogs. No animals were harmed during the performance, although Mark’s glasses seemed to have a life of their own.

Our science guest spot was Roy Salomon, from the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the EPFL, who elucidated how the psychological concept of “self” starts with the body, and what happens when one’s mind refuses to take ownership of the body. This prompted our Catalyzers to break with causality, swap their arms in bad poker hands, and generally find excuses to rub each other.

Sadly, all these laughter-bud-burst causing words and actions are entirely unrepeatable. But fear not, all these ingredients will recombine into something entirely new in our next show on May 19. Bring your safety goggles.

 

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