Dance Elixir

When: Sun., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Unlike a painting or a poem, after a dance is completed, it no longer exists. Vexed by her art’s ephemeral nature, and unwilling to accept it at face value, Oakland choreographer Leyya Tawil makes demolition part of her creative process in Destroy//, to be performed by her company, Dance Elixir, on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Temescal Arts Center (511 48th St., Oakland). As an artist, Tawil is on a quest to decipher the meaning of her work and the world, and Destroy// channels her drive through fierce, untethered movement, pounding live music by Tiberius (the drum/organ duo of Dominic Cramp and Mike Guarino) and guitarist Ava Mendoza, and a ritual intensity that has alternately silenced and roused audiences at previous performances in San Francisco and New Orleans. Along with Tawil, the ensemble includes Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Sriba Kwadjovie, Deborah Karp, Karla Quintero, Jana Zahler, Arielle Olson, and Patsy Morris. 7:30 p.m., $10. 510-918-2057 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $10

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