Performing Lectures
Donnerstag, 05. Mai 2005
um 20.30 Uhr (s.t.)
im atelierfrankfurt

Product of Circumstances

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Circumstances: "I began to take two dance classes a week at the same time that I started to work on my thesis for my Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology. It's been now eight years that I have submitted my thesis and stopped to work as a biologist. Since I work as a dancer or choreograph I am very often presented as an atypical dancer or as a dancer molecular biologist. It became my currency in the "Society of the Spectacle". I was invited to prepare and present a lecture for an event on theory and praxis in performance ..."

Product: Biography as theory. An autobiographical conference becoming a performance. My body as raw material of social and cultural organization and as the practice of critical necessity.

"Die lecture-performance "Product of Circumstances" (1999) lockt aufs Glatteis der biographischen Erläuterungen. Wirft scheinbar unschuldig einen Blick in den Rückspiegel des Selbst und auf die Paradoxien des Wissenschafts- wie des Kunstbetriebs.Le Roy erzählt, wie Le Roy in zwei Systeme hineinwächst, an ihren Anpassungserwartungen scheitert, immer widerwilliger mit deren Regeln konform geht, und sich schließlich ernüchtert wieder heraus schält. Die Definitionsmachtkämpfe interessieren ihn nicht."
(Die deutsche Bühne)

Xavier Le Roy was born in Juvisy sur Orge (France), 1963. He studied biochemistry at the University of Montpellier. In 1988 he started to dance with Veronique Larcher, in 1990 with Ruth Barnes and Anne Koren. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked with the "Compagnie de l' Alambic", Paris (choreographer Christian Bourrigault).
From 1992 until 1997 he performed with the group "Detektor" (Berlin). In 1993 he began to develop his own work and research and in 1994 he formed the group "Le Kwatt" in collaboration with A. Birntraum and Sylvie Garot. In 1994, they created "Things I Hate To Admit", in 1995 "Zonder Fact", in 1997 "Burke". These 3 pieces were presented as a triptych "Narcisse Flip". In 1996 he began a collaboration with the photographer and video-artist Laurent Goldring and with Le Kwatt they created "Blut et Boredom", 1996. In the same year Xavier Le Roy worked with the company "Quatuor Albrecht Knust" (Paris) on the recreation of a piece by Yvonne Rainer "Continuous Project-Altered Daily" (1970) and "Satisfying Lover" (1968) by Steve Paxton. In 1997 he developed in collaboration with A. Birntraum a research project called "Das To.Be. Project".
In 1998 he initiated a collective research project called "namenlos". In the same year he participated in the improvisation project "CrashLanding@Lisboa" (initiated by Meg Stuart, Christine De Smedt, David Hernandez and Dancas Na Cidade) and in the theory - event "Body Currency" at the Wiener Festwochen (invited by Marten Spangberg, Hortensia Völckers and Christophe Wavelet).
He choreographed a solo performance called "Self Unfinished". In 1999 he produced a lecture-performance called: "Product of Circumstances".
He danced for Marten Spangberg in the project "Avant-garde" and for Alain Buffard (Paris) for the creation of "MORE et encore". He founded the group "in situ productions " together with Petra Roggel and invited choreographers, dancers, video-artists, theoreticians to work on an experimental project called "E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S."
In 2000, he conceived and realized a piece from Jerome Bel ("Xavier Le Roy"), collaborated on two events ("Meetings") with Yvonne Rainer during the Internationales Tanzfest Berlin, gives EXTENSIONS workshops in different countries in collaboration with Stefan Pente. in situ productions organized the event "E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S.# 2.7 Podewil" in december 2000. In 2001 Xavier Le Roy / in situ productions organized E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. # 3.2 Springdance Festival- Utrecht and "tricoter (titre provisoire)" during the Kunstenfestival des Arts, Bruxelles.
During the Festival d' Avignon in July 2001 "Giszelle", a solo created with and for Eszter Salamon premiered within the frame of "Le Vif du Sujet". 2003: production of "Project" which premiere at the Gulbenkian Foundation, CAPITALS, Lisbonne.
Direction / Staging / Choreography of the opera "Theater der Wiederholungen" from Bernhard Lang in the frame of the festival "Steirischer Herbst", Graz cultural capital 2003.
Between 1996 - 2001 Xavier Le Roy was artist in residence at the Podewil, TanzWerkstatt, Berlin and is now associated artist until the end of the year 2003.

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