Founded in 2003, 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.
DANCE ELIXIR produces work in the form of live trans-disciplinary performance, in a manner that supports local and international discourse and cultural empowerment.
DANCE ELIXIR also operates TAC: Temescal Art Center, a venue for experimental, healing and community art in Oakland-CA. TAC is the home of Dabke with Us! - our Palestinian Dance & Music program featuring free monthly dance workshops and concert gatherings.
DANCE ELIXIR also produces ArabAMP, an international platform for the work of Arab experimentalists.
Lime Rickey International
Lime Rickey International is the alter-consciousness of Leyya Mona Tawil. It is a solo project of voice, noise and fictional folk dances. Lime is shipwrecked here from the future. She performs fictional folk dances and cries out to a homeland that is yet to exist.
Destroy// All Places
Destroy// is a location-based research and performance project that originated in 2012 in San Francisco and has since been produced in 23 cities globally including Rome, Athens and Cairo. Over 100 dancers and musicians have participated internationally. Recent iterations include The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), COTFG (Austin) and After the last sky Festival (Berlin).
Atlas is Tawil's duo with Detroit-based violinist Mike Khoury, which premiered at New York Live Arts/ Live Ideas 2016, and toured to Berlin for the After the Last Sky Festival at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. 2018 performances: The Lab (SF) and Irtijal18 (Beirut).
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 a density of productions in NYC, 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 by Pushkinskaya-10 Art Center (St.Petersburg), DOCK11 (Berlin) and Heritage Works (Detroit).
The organization's programming history also includes extensive arts services to the elder communities in Oakland-CA, including healing art courses, live performances and art lectures.
DANCE ELIXIR is supported in part by the California Arts Council, East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, AIRspace Residency Program at Abrons Arts Center, the KONE Foundation and a host of generous individuals.