Destroy// Minneapolis

Opening Reception

August 26th 8:00PM-10:30PM

Gallery Hours


Exhibition Runs

Aug 26 - Aug 26



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.


This performance will take outside of The Soap Factory on 5th st.

Performance will run from 8:00pm-10:30pm


Participating Musicians:

Milo Fine (percussion)

Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar)

Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba)


Participating Twin Cities Dancers:

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

H. Uyen Nguyen

Sarah Finley


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.

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