A  RESIDENCY-LAB led by Xavier Le Roy & Scarlet Yu
For and with 30 participants

EOI CLOSED - Participants will be announced soon


In partnership with the the French Embassy in Australia and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne




Xavier Le Roy_In Public is a CREATIVE DIALOGUES joint initiative of the French Embassy in Australia, MPavilion, The Victorian College of the Arts - University of Melbourne and ACMI, led by Dancehouse, Melbourne - with special thanks to Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks, Sydney. Film program presented in partnership with LE CND, Un Centre d'art pour la danse (Paris).



"It is clear, that at this moment in history, visual arts institutions are increasingly interested in commissioning and exhibiting work generated by choreographers. What do these proposals do to and for choreography? How do they contribute to the notion of an expanded field? What are the measures of human labour and artistic worth in an exhibition context? What does the choreographic framing of time, of shared space, and of social interaction contribute to the medium of the exhibition?

How do we deal with the seeming oppositions produced when human actions are used in or as exhibition - object/subject, duration/endurance, experience/materiality etc? What happens when you transport these questions out into public spaces?

What transforms? What transmits? What matters?

We will share and research the idea of creating human "sculptures" in public spaces. These "sculptures" involve human actions that can be performed by and for anyone and everyone.

This residency-lab aims to imagine and develop some of these "sculptures" and to exhibit them temporarily in various public spaces around the city of Melbourne.

As an introduction to our process we will discuss and action the ideas and experiences of previous projects developed for exhibition spaces including Retrospective 2012, Untitled 2012 (part of 13 Rooms) and the new 2015 Kaldor Public Art Project to be presented in Sydney immediately prior to this workshop.

We invite artists and researchers to work on these concerns and questions with us."

_ Xavier le Roy & Scarlet Yu


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 and produces his work since 1994.
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 in Montpellier, France. In 2010 Le Roy is an Artist in Residence fellow at the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA) and in 2013-2015 at Theater Cité Universitaire Internationale in Paris.
Through his solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), he has opened new perspectives for dance and choreography. Le Roy develops his work like a researcher, while simultaneously focusing on the relationships between process and product. 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). Often his works, like the solos Le Sacre du Printemps (2007), Product of Other Circumstances (2009), Untitled (2014), as well as the group piece low pieces (2009-2011), produce situations where the relationships between spectators and performers becomes a subject of the works. After E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. (1999-2000) his first work open to the public during the whole days for several weeks, Xavier Le Roy made several works for exhibitions: Production created together with Mårten Spångberg in 2010 (Hayward Gallery London), Untitled (Folkwang Museum Essen) and Retrospective first realized in 2012 at the Tapiès Foundation-Barcelona and Temporary Title 2015 for Kaldor Public Art Project in Sydney.


Hong Kong born dance-artist SCARLET YU, graduated at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts 2015 and worked as rehearsal director and performer at The Arts Fission Company in Singapore from 2000 until 2010. After that she developed her own projects, while working with various artists and companies, including: Theater Director Haris Pasovic (Bonsia), and Teatro de los sentidos (Spain), Xavier Le Roy, Untitled (2014), Untitled (2005-2015) for Bologna Live Arts Week, Retrospective and title in process – workshop for Venezia Biennale Danza College 2015.
Scarlet's investigations focusing on the transformative potential of autobiographical material in choreography, work such as: Scarlet is mumbling (2010), 13 Knots to Home, Blind Contour (2010), Will you dance with me (2011).
Her on-going research focused more recently on one-on-one formats in works such as The Act of Passing (2015) presented by MAKE IT NEW festival (Singapore) Read MEmory (2015) for Chi Wan Mei Festival (HK). Scarlet has been supported by Hong Kong Arts Development council and Arts Network Asia for exchange program in USA, Japan and Singapore.


Time: 10am to 5pm every weekday / 1 hr lunch break
Where: Dancehouse
Cost: $350 – (to participate, you must be or become a Dancehouse Member)
NOTE! - Fee will be waived for a limited number of interstate participants
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Participants will be notified November 6 at the latest


Image credit: Katrin Schoof