Leyya Mona Tawil


Leyya Mona Tawil, also known as Lime Rickey International, is an artist working with dance, sound and performance practices. Tawil is Syrian, Palestinian, American; engaged in the world as such. Tawil has a 23-year record of choreographies and performance scores that have been presented throughout the US, Europe and the Arab world. Tawil is the director of DANCE ELIXIR / TAC: Temescal Art Center (Oakland-CA).

At the Saari Residence, I will be working on Lime Rickey International’s Future Faith – a transdisciplinary solo performance. Lime Rickey International is “shipwrecked here from the future.” She performs fictional folkdances and sings to a homeland that is yet to exist. Her sonic and choreographic platform is built under the influence of Arabic maqam, dabke, noise and conceptual movement practices. Future Faith is a work of Arab Experimentalism; Tawil embeds political sub-narratives and cultural confusions into Lime’s performance transmissions.

Lime Rickey International’s Future Faith is created with support from the Abrons Arts Center, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Kone Foundation and ArabAMP.