CURATED – XAVIER LE ROY – PRODUCT OF CIRCUMSTANCES

> > > APRIL 26, 2014 AT EMPAC

> > > CURATOR: ASH BULAYEV (COMMISSION)

> > > ARTIST: XAVIER LE ROY

“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 many years that I have submitted my thesis and stopped to work as a biologist. In 1998 I was invited to present a lecture for an event on theory and praxis in performance.” Product of Circumstances became a performance – a space of philosophical investigations which through micro actions perform subtle subversion of hierarchical organizational forms. These performative acts inspire awareness of the ways that hierarchies manifest themselves in the society today, and of the complex of rationalizations that give those manifestations support.

Production: in situ productions and Le Kwatt
. Co-produced by Podewil / TanzWerkstatt-Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur.

Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. 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). Through his solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), he has opened new perspectives for dance and his individual approach has radicalized academic discourse about the body and choreographic art. Le Roy develops his work like a researcher, while simultaneously focusing on the relationships between process and product and his own involvement in the process. He regularly initiates projects to question modes of production, collaboration and conditions of group work with projects such as E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S.(1999-2000), Project (2003), and 6 Months 1 Location (2008). His latest works, such as the solos Le Sacre du Printemps (2007) and Product of Other Circumstances (2009), as well as the group piece low pieces (2009-2011), and “production” created together with Mårten Spångberg for the exhibition Move: Choreographing you, explore more explicitly diverse mode of relationships between spectators and performers.

Photo Credit: Katrin Schoof.

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