Founded in 2003, ELIXIR (DANCE ELIXIR) supports and produces collaborative, multidisciplinary projects with local and international reach, under the vision of artist Leyya Mona Tawil. Under Tawil’s leadership and creative vision, ELIXIR has emerged one of few US organizations that specifically presents experimental performance works from an Arab-American perspective.
ELIXIR produces art in the form of live trans-disciplinary performance. The company also offers educational programming and training at the professional, pre-profession and community level. They perform outreach to elders by through movement classes, storytelling workshops and live performances in senior facilities.
ELIXIR also operates TAC: Temescal Art Center, a venue for experimental arts and community practices.
Touring works include Atlas and Destroy//
Destroy// is a location-based research and performance project that originated in 2012 with a residency at KUNST-STOFF Arts (San Francisco). Since then, Destroy// has toured to 23 cities; over 100 dancers and musicians have since participated internationally. See more about Destroy// here.
TanzRaumBerlin "...overwhelming relevance."
Atlas, a duo with Detroit-based violinist Mike Khoury, premiered at New York Live Arts/ Live Ideas 2016, and toured to Berlin for the After the Last Sky Festival at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
American Theater - "It was disturbing, uncompromising, and awe-inspiring."
Tawil's performance score 2 π R was researched and developed at a residency St.Petersburg-Russia in 2014, and was presented at DOCK 11 in Berlin as part of the Stoffwechsel-Metabolism Festival in July. It returned to St.Petersburg in July 2015 as part of the TRANSPOSITIONS exhibit at the Street Art Museum, and was also adapted for a workshop/presentation called "Reclaiming the Narrative" held at Bedlam Lowerton (St.Paul, MIN), presented by MIZNA.
Day of the Innocents premiered at Trinosophes (Detroit) with Mike Khoury (2014). Subsequent interpretations include: Berlin-based ensemble at DOCK 11, presented by Kunst-Stoff Arts. Duo with Jason Lescalleet in Suomenlinna- Finland UNESCO World Heritage Site, presented by NY-Finland Movement Dialogues. Ensemble with STAGE dancers and DUB DEPT (band) in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Over the past 13 years, ELIXIR has produced 25 original works. They have been presented in 16 countries and throughout the states with ongoing collaborations in Detroit, Oakland and Berlin. International highlights include the Syrian National Opera House (Damascus), Bimhuis (Amsterdam) and Rawabet Theater (Cairo). Ms. Tawil’s work has also been produced in Rome by CORE at Duncan 3.0, the Beirut International Platform on Dance (BIPOD) and FrownTails (Athens).
ELIXIR’s past works include THIEVES (2012) and The Grand Re-Map, both projects in collaboration with Amsterdam-based music designer Lars J. Brouwer. Their discography includes five films and shorts.
The organization has received support from the California Arts Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area's CA$H, the Clorox Company Foundation, and a group of generous individual donors and volunteers.