XAVIER LE ROY (D/F):
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
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
He choreographed a solo performance called "Self Unfinished".
In 1999 he produced a lecture-performance called: "Product of
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,
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
More information at: www.insituproductions.net