Xavier Le Roy first studied molecular biology and has been working as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. He is known for his choreographic experiments with body shapes and the conditions surrounding the perception of dance. Le Roy was an artist in residence in Podewil in Berlin. He also worked as an associated artist in the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier and was an artist in residence fellow of the MIT program in art, culture, and technology in Cambridge (USA). Currently he is an artist in residence at the Théâtre de la Cité Universitaire in Paris.
With solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), Xavier Le Roy introduced new perspectives to the art of choreography. His recent works create situations in which the relationships between spectators, visitors, and performers are explored along with the emergence of subjectivities. These works include, for example, the solo Le Sacre du Printemps (2007) and the group piece low pieces (2011), as well as his work for exhibitions spaces such as production (2011), untitled (2012), and Retrospective (2012-2014).
In recent years there have been many discussions about the connection between exhibition and choreography. One of the best known examples is the "documenta" in Kassel in 2012: the exhibition concept was described by the curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev as choreography.
What does this development mean for work in choreography? What formats are created when dance is produced in the context of contemporary art? How does dance change the perspective of the spectator in the social and public space of museums? Le Roy and the students at Freie Universität will address these and similar issues.
The Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship is made possible through collaboration between Freie Universität Berlin, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Academy of Arts. Each semester an artist from the field of dance and performance is invited to Freie Universität to create a platform for dialog between students and artists, where they can gain mutual insight into the respective working methods and to stimulate discussions about differences as well as overlapping between artistic work and academic research.
Time and Place
- Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m.
- Institute of Theater Studies, Grunewaldstr. 35, 12165 Berlin, Lecture Hall; subway station: Dahlem Dorf (U3) or Rathaus Steglitz (U9); Bus X 83
- Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4, 2014, between 3 and 6 p.m.
- Radialsystem, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin; S-Bahn station: Ostbahnhof (S3, S5, S7, S75)