Xavier Le Roy
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 three 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. 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.
In 2018 at the invitation of the Biennale di Venezia he creates a new version of the Le Sacre du Printemps for 3 performers and works on a new edition of Rétrospective at the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. In 2019 this exhibition sees its 13th edition at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin and, in collaboration with Scarlet Yu and the team of Temporary Title, 2015 they choreograph the Research Conversations of the three days event: Live Forms at the Haus der Kultur der Welt - Berlin.
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.