Image from Destroy// Seattle 
Destroy// Minneapolis
by Leyya Mona Tawil

In collaboration with local dancers and musicians, dance artist and composer Leyya Mona Tawil is bringing 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.


Saturday, August 26th, 8:00pm-10:30pm


Outside of The Soap Factory on 5th St.

514 2nd St. SE

Minneapolis, Mn 55414

Parking will be limited, participants are encouraged to bike or use public transportation

Destroy// Minneapolis

a project of Leyya Mona Tawil

Featuring Musicians:

Milo Fine (percussion)

Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar)

Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba)

Featuring 16 Dancers from the Twin Cities:

Leila Awadallah

Amelia Morris

Nicole Stumpf

Jenn Pray

Laura Levinson

Ben Swenson-Klatt  

Non Edwards

Pedro Pablo Lander

Abby Taylor

Gabriel Mata

Rachel Horner

Halie Bahr

Erin Drummond

Tera Kilbride  

Kaleena Miller

Sarah Finley

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.
Here & There
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 reviewing what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

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The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment. Based in the historic National Purity Soap Factory in downtown Minneapolis, The Soap Factory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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