Xavier Le Roy (b. 1963)

Product of Circumstances (1999)

Xavier Le Roy was born in Juvisy sur Orge (France), 1963. He studied biochemistry at the University of Montpellier. In 1988 he started to dance with Véronique Larcher, in 1990 with Ruth Barnes and Anne Koren. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked with the "Compagnie del' Alambic", Paris (choreographer Christian Bourrigault). From 1992 until 1997, he performed with the group "Detektor" (Berlin).In 1993 he began to develop his own work and research and in 1994 he formed the group "Le Kwatt" in collaboration with A. Birntraum and Sylvie Garot.

In 1996 he began a collaboration with the photographer and video-artist Laurent Goldring and with Le Kwatt they created "Blut et Boredom", 1996.In the same year Xavier Le Roy worked with the company "Quatuor Albrecht Knust" (Paris) on the recreation of a piece by Yvonne Rainer "Continuous Project-Altered Daily" (1970) and "Satisfying Lover" (1968) by Steve Paxton. In 1997 he developed in collaboration with A. Birntraum a research project called "Das To.Be. Project". In 1998 he initiated a collective research project called "namenlos".In the same year he participated in the improvisation project "CrashLanding@Lisboa" (initiated by Meg Stuart, Christine De Smedt, David Hernandez and Danças Na Cidade) and in the theory - event "Body Currency" at the Wiener Festwochen (invited by Mårten Spångberg, Hortensia Völckers and Christophe Wavelet). He choreographed a solo performance called "Self Unfinished" (8.Cottbuser Tanztage, Germany). In 1999 he produced a lecture-performance called : "Product of Circumstances" (Podewil, TanzWerkstatt, Berlin). He danced for Mårten Spångberg in the project "Avant-garde" and for Alain Buffard (Paris) for the creation of "MORE et encore".He founded the group "in situ productions " together with Petra Roggel and invited choreographers, dancers, video-artists, theoreticians to work on an experimental project called "E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S."

In 2000, he conceived and realized a piece from Jérôme Bel ("Xavier Le Roy"), collaborated on two events ("Meetings") with Yvonne Rainer during the Internationales Tanzfest Berlin, gives EXTENSIONS workshops in different countries in collaboration with Stefan Pente. in situ productions organized the event "E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S.# 2.7 Podewil" in december 2000.In 2001 Xavier Le Roy / in situ productions organized E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. # 3.2 Springdance Festival- Utrecht and "tricoter (titre provisoire)" during the Kunstenfestival des Arts, Bruxelles.

During the Festival d' Avignon in July 2001 "Giszelle", a solo created with and for Eszter Salamon premiered within the frame of "Le Vif du Sujet".2003: production of "Project" which premiere at the Gulbenkian Foundation, CAPITALS, Lisbonne.Direction / Staging / Choreography of the opera "Theater der Wiederholungen" from Bernhard Lang in the frame of the festival "Steirischer Herbst", Graz — cultural capital 2003. In 2004, he was invovled in various educational programs within different contexts and institutions and gave workshops at: the University of Theater Science in Giessen (Germany), P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), the Fine Arts School of Perpignan (France), the Summer Academy at Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), the London Summer School (Great Britain), the workshop during the the festival In-Presentable (Madrid, Spain), La Bâtie (Geneva), la Casa Hoffman, Curitiba (Brazil) and in the frame of the education program ex.e.r.ce at CCN Montpellier, France.

In 2005, he staged an opera scenario by Bernhard Lang within the project « Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence» at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin (September 14th premiere).Following a commission of Wien Modern 2005 he conceived "Mouvements für Lachenmann", a concert evening with music pieces by Helmut Lachenmann. In 2006 he stages the opera "Theater der Wiederholungen" (The theatre of Repetitions) from Bernhard Lang at the Opera de Bastille, Paris. In the frame of Zukunft@BFil "MusicTanz-Modern Times" he was invited by the Berliner Philharmonie to choreograph "Ionisation" from Edgar Varèse with 40 kids (December 10th premiere). In 2007, invited by Mathilde Monnier, he becomes associated artist at the Centre National Chorégraphique de Montpellier, France where is co-directing the educational programm ex.e.r.ce07. He presents his solo work on Stravinsky's « Le Sacre du Printemps» (Premiere June 07).

In 2008 for a second year, he is associated artist at the Centre National Chorégraphique de Montpellier, France and is co-directing the educational programm ex.e.r.ce08. Together wtith Bojana Cvéjic he initiates the project 6M1L (6Month1Location), inviting 9 artists working in different research projects and performance productions as well as other types of events linked to all activities of the Centre Chorégraphique de Montpellier, France. At the moment he is preparing a choreography for musiciens, "Mo