SELF UNFINISHED (1998)
21.08.2018. / 21:00 / Zadar puppet theatre
A chair, a desk, a soundtrack, that doesn’t start. A dancer in a shirt uses strong sound effects to imitate a robot. Indeed an understandable, even conventional idea, that is until Xavier Le Roy’ s (1963, France) play turns into a gripping mental space. Head over heels, the dancer’ s body is transformed in a real time into a series of hallucinogenic morphological aberrations, representing images of body that reconfigures itself based to unwritten laws and a disquieting, inhuman rhythm. It undergoes long stases, makes infinite movements and begins to crawl abruptly. In addition to the torsion carried out in the “spectacle de danse” (dance performance), Xavier Le Roy taps into a new field where scientific and social data is transferred and imprinted in imaginary representations of the body.” Francois Piron in the journal des arts of Connivence, 6th Biennale de Lyon
Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as artist since 1991. Since 2018 works as Professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen (Germany). He has performed with diverse companies and choreographers. From 1996 to 2003, he was artist-in-residence at the Podewil in Berlin. In 2007-2008 he was “Associated Artist”at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France. In 2010 Le Roy is an Artist in Residence fellow at the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA). In 2012, he begins a 3 years residency at Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris. Through his solo works such as « Self Unfinished (1998) » and « Product of Circumstances (1999) », he has opened new perspectives in the field of choreography.
At the same time, he initiated projects exploring the modes of production and collaboration in group works: “E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S.” (1999-2000), “Project” (2003) and “6 Months 1 Location” (2008). His works such as the soli “Le Sacre du Printemps” (2007), “Untitled” (2014), the group piece “low pieces” (2011), and works for exhibition spaces such as “production” (2011) created together with Mårten Spångberg, “Untitled” (2012) for the exhibition 12 Rooms, “Retrospective” first realized in 2012 at the Tapiès Foundation-Barcelona, “Temporary Title, 2015” created at Sydney in the frame of John Kaldor Public Art Project or “For The Unfaithful Replica” (2016) in collaboration with Scarlet Yu at CA2M Madrid; produce situations that explore the relationships between spectactors / visitors / performers and the production of subjectivities.
His works produce situations that question, the relationships between spectators/visitors and performers and are attempt to transform or reconfigure dichotomies such as: object / subject, animal / human, machine / human, nature / culture, public / private, form / unform.
In 2017, together with Ensemble Issho Ni they create for the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt: the exhibition “Haben Sie “Modern” gesagt?”, and he developped, together with Scarlet Yu, “Still Untitled”, a work for public spaces commissioned by Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017.
By and with: Xavier Le Roy
According to a collaboration with: Laurent Goldring
Music: Diana Ross
Duration: 50 minutes, no intermission
Production: in situ productions and Le Kwatt
Coproduction: Substanz-Cottbus, TIF Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.v. aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums des Innern.
With the support from: TanzWerkstatt-Berlin, Podewil-Berlin and the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur.