Leonix is a movement theatre ensemble that devises original performance work provoked by creative explorations of burning questions.
The name “Leonix”, a fusion of the Lion and the Phoenix, is a metaphor of the troupe’s objective to create courageous and regenerative work. Blurring the lines between theatre, dance, music and circus arts, Leonix strives to create innovative performances that are physically bold and visually surprising. We engage diverse audiences by creating accessible, socially relevant work that encourages dialogue.
Erin Schlabach and Jones Welsh, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Leonix Movement Theatre Ensemble, have worked in partnership since 2004.
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Crossing the Bridge
Burning Question: What is it to face your own death?
“Until the last half century, young people would become familiar with death when siblings and parents died. Now, most of adulthood passes without personal contact with dying.” (Joyce Lynn, M.D., Center to Improve Care of the Dying)
In today’s society death is remote, hidden away in the back rooms of hospitals. There is a taboo about talking of death even though death is a normal part of life.
Using humor and creative ensemble imagery, Crossing the Bridge explores one mans journey of facing his own death with the support of his sister. A madcap series of hospital tests; poetic and revealing dinner dances; an absurd episode of The Peoples Court. Moving and humorous, Crossing the Bridge counterpoints highly physical choreography with intimate, raw revelations.
Premiered in Los Angeles in 2009.
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"...fleshed out beautifully both in words and movement..."
"Crossing the Bridge represents the kind of well-executed movement-infused theater we could use more of..."
"...refreshingly free of clichéd material..."
"One of the most powerful, emotion evoking performances I have experienced in a long time." - SheilaB