[dance-tech] Xavier Le Roy

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  • Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 16:08:33 -0400

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT
& Boston Cyberarts / Ideas in Motion present?

Two rarely seen early works by
French dancer and theorist Xavier Le Roy

Sunday April 22, 2pm: ?Self-Unfinished? (1998)
Green Street Studios, 185 Green St, Cambridge MA
bostoncyberarts.org/conf/iim2007/index.php for more info and tickets

Monday April 23, 7pm: ?Product of Circumstances? (1999)
Simmons Hall*(Bldg W79) at MIT, 229 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA
*a chance to see inside Steven Holl?s remarkable new building!


?Self-Unfinished? (1998) is a singular example of Le Roy?s early solo projects.

?How is it possible to show the loss of control? The body seems no longer to be a support for messages, but instead a dismembered thing, which constantly transforms itself depending on the view. And Xavier Le Roy?s corps appears as a body that visibly does have a center, but no head. This of course is an illusion -- it is the head that moves this creature, on the floor or in the mind. The dance will never manage to get out of this dilemma. But Xavier Le Roy?s ?self- unfinished? at least makes it visible.? Neue Zuricher Zeitung, 2.26.01

?Product of Circumstances? (1999) tells the tale in unexpected words and gestures of Le Roy?s transformation from biologist to dancer.

"The lecture-performance ?Product of Circumstances? (1999) entices onto the slippery ice of biographical explanation. It casts a seemingly innocent glance in the rear-view mirror of the self and at the paradoxes of the science and art worlds. Le Roy relates how Le Roy grows into two systems, fails at fulfilling their expectations of accommodation, conforming more and more unwillingly to their rules, and finally, disillusioned, peels himself out. Power struggles over definitions do not interest him." The German Stage/ Dance in August


Xavier Le Roy (b. 1963, France) studied biochemistry at the University of Montpellier and began his dance career in 1988. He has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Jerome Bel and Yvonne Rainer and presented his work in various settings, most recently including the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin (2005), the Wien Modern (2005), Gulbenkian Foundation, CAPITALS, Lisbon (2003), and the Festival d?Avignon (2001). He has been involved in various educational programs and given workshops at the University of Theater Science in Giessen (Germany), P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), the Summer Academy at Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), the London Summer School (Great Britain), La Bâtie (Geneva), and la Casa Hoffman, Curitiba (Brazil) among others. In 2007 and 2008 he will be associated artist at the Centre National Chorégraphique de Montpellier, France.

More: www.insituproductions.net

Xavier Le Roy is co-hosted in Cambridge by The Center for Advanced
Visual Studies at MIT and Boston Cyberarts / Ideas in Motion. Funded
in part by FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the
National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and the
Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, in collaboration
with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, and
Mr. George DeSipio.  The performances are supported in part by the  MIT
Council for the Arts, the MIT Theater Arts Department and the  French

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT is a fellowship program that commissions and produces new artworks at MIT. We facilitate exchange between internationally known and emerging contemporary artists and MIT?s faculty, students, and staff through public programs, support for long-term art projects, and residencies for MIT students. Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, the MIT Arts Council, the LEF Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation.

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies / 265 Massachusetts Ave 3rd Fl
(N52-390) / Cambridge MA 02139 / t: 617 253 4415 / http://cavs.mit.edu/

Ideas in Motion presents performances, symposia, and workshops
exploring new technologies in dance. The centerpiece is a two-day
conference that features artists and engineers from the US and  Europe.
Additional performances taking place around the Boston area  represent
a range of experimental works that cross new media with  dance.  Ideas
in Motion is a project of the Boston Cyberarts  Festival, and is
co-curated by Nell Breyer, Alissa Cardone, and  Dedalus Wainwright.

The biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival has become an eagerly- anticipated part of the Boston-area arts and technology scene since the first event took place in 1999. The Festival is the largest collaboration of arts organizations in New England and the only Festival in the world that encompasses all art forms, including both visual and performing arts, film, video, electronic literature, and public art. A searchable list of events and exhibitions is available on the Festival?s website, and is being updated continually as events are added to the roster.


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