Opening ReceptionAugust 26th 8:00PM-10:30PM
Exhibition RunsAug 26 - Aug 26
LEYYA MONA TAWIL: DESTROY// MINNEAPOLIS
A new ritual for new times.
Leyya Tawil builds the work on location in one day with local artists.
In performance, the dance destroys itself.
In collaboration with local dancers and musicians, dance artist and composer, Leyya Mona Tawil, will bring her day long performance, ‘Destroy// All Places’, to The Soap Factory. ‘Destroy// All Places’ is a new ritual for new times. The performance is composed, but untethered. The artists attempt a score imbedded with mechanisms that make its execution increasingly impossible, forcing the material into stages of deterioration and evolution. ‘Destroy// All Places’ began in San Francisco in 2012, and has since visited over 23 cities including Saint Petersburg, Rome, Cairo and Athens. Over 100 artists have participated in the project internationally.
Tawil’s project for The Soap Factory, ‘Destroy// Minneapolis,’ is a metaphor for renewal and resistance. The health of a city is dependent on change; a change that requires destruction as part of the life cycle.
Milo Fine (percussion)
Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar)
Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba)
Participating Twin Cities Dancers:
Pedro Pablo Lander
H. Uyen Nguyen
About the Artist
Leyya Mona Tawil, Artistic Director of DANCE ELIXIR, is an artist working with dance and music practices. Her performance scores have been presented in 16 countries; highlights include New York Live Arts/Live Ideas (NYC), After the Last Sky Festival (Berlin), TransDance15 (Cairo), Bimhuis (Amsterdam) and the Museum of Nonconformist Arts (Saint Petersburg). Tawil’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, American Theater Magazine, Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence and PAJ-Journal of Performance and Art.
This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.