Francois Przybylski aka Awir Leon is a french singer, songwriter, producer and dancer currently living in Amsterdam. 

Native to Dunkerque (where he keeps working with the trio UNNO) it is between Amsterdam, Paris and wherever his dance career took him that he forged his path as a solo artist.

After releasing two instrumental EPs and creating several soundtracks for dance pieces by Pansun Kim, Roy Assaf, Amala Dianor and Compagnie Black Sheep he started to experiment with using his voice in the production of MMFT (Metal Monkey Fire Tiger), a 6-track release. Drawing from this first attempt, he comes closer to the paths of artists like James Blake or Thom Yorke, whilst building his own sound and identity.

He recently collaborated with choreographer Emanuel Gat on the piece SUNNY, in which he joins the dancers on stage to perform his music live. As a founding member of the artistic collective SOMETHING MACHINE he will soon dive again into the intersection of music and dance for the creation process of THE 2ND EXCESSIVE RUDENESS.

Awir Leon’s debut 10-track album GIANTS was released in October 2016. He is currently touring Europe with both SUNNY and GIANTS.


  • Something SEED

    In conclusion of our SEED residency at STRUT Dance Something Machine would like to invite you to an informal presentation. Something Machine is comprised of five artists that have been collaborating in various constellations with creators such as Amos Ben-Tal (NL), Amala Dianor (F), Emanuel Gat (F), Ohad Naharin (ISR) and Itamar Serussi (NL). We...
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  • It’s a wrap!

    2018 is a wrap and it’s time to say thank you for a year full of exciting projects! I feel really really lucky that I’m able to work with so many great people and institutions around the world. I performed 35 times across 7 countries, spent 10 weeks creating (and restaging) 5 different works with...
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  • A rehearsal day with Something Machine

    Thinking Dancers

    What just happened here? • A rehearsal day with Something Machine • The 2nd Excessive Rudeness • Pansun Kim • Michael Loehr • Genevieve Osbone • Milena Twiehaus • Thinking dancers • No idiots • Instant replay • Right or wrong? • The strongest section • Information overload • She cooknektor • Chuck • Petite...
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  • Excessive Facts Pt. I

    In preparation for our upcoming residency at STRUT Dance in Perth Something Machine (Pansun Kim, Genevieve Osborne, Milena Twiehaus and I) met at Tanzfabrik Berlin this week to continue working on THE 2ND EXCESSIVE RUDENESS. As part of our research into the theme of observation we started collecting a whole bunch of (more or less)...
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  • Dance against prejudice

    Tanec Praha just celebrated its 30th anniversary, presenting a total of one hundred events and attracting over 9.000 visitors in Prague and all over the Czech Republic. Under the motto Dance against prejudice this year’s edition presented productions by Jiří Kylián, Eun Me-Ahn, Louise Lecavalier, Germaine Arcogny, Emanuel Gat & Awir Leon and many more. From...
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  • Nothing is really new

    Somehow we tend to get intimidated once we enter a theatre to see a dance show. There’s a fear that we don’t understand what it’s all about, that there’s a hidden message that needs to be deciphered. But you don’t have to know a lot about dance to enjoy SUNNY. We’ve all danced before, we’ve all...
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  • Am I facing the wrong way?

    The work on THE 2ND EXCESSIVE RUDENESS continues. My colleagues from SOMETHING MACHINE and I are still processing all the material we created during our residency at Seoul Dance Center, simultaneously preparing for the upcoming SEED residency program at STRUT Dance in Perth, and sending out applications for new opportunities. THE 2ND EXCESSIVE RUDENESS will...
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  • Reality check

    Time for a reality check: ZEIT ONLINE talked to me about my finances for their column Kontoauszug (German for bank statement). If you were wondering what made me choose this career…it was very obviously not for money reasons. Building a career as a freelancer takes guts and a lot of persistence. But to anticipate a common...
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  • Sunny at Dansens Hus

    Slippery, free and sunny

    Who doesn’t love Google Translate? It’s not only one of the most useful web tools out there, but probably also the most poetic. It doesn’t just translate the content of an article but adds an almost artistic layer to it. At least to my weird mind. SUNNY at Stockholm’s Dansens Hus was a big success....
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  • From Montpellier to Paris

    SUNNY, like all of Emanuel’s work, is continuously evolving, changing and growing. The piece we premiered at the Venice Biennale in June 2016 surely looks very different from the piece we’re currently performing. The choreographic material, our set of rules and the framework in which we move stayed exactly the same but our choices and...
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