XAVIER LE ROY _ IN PERFORMANCE
04 December 2015 - 05 December 2015
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, ACMI and Alliance Française Melbourne, led by DANCEHOUSE - 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).
"Rigorously simple and wildly imaginative…an invigorating theatrical experience."
- New York Times
Self-Unfinished, Le Roy's emblematic 1998 solo, is concerned with representations of the body and notions of subjectivity; in it, he morphs through bodily configurations ranging from identifiable human figure to animal, to machine. Performed in silence, Self-Unfinished proposes a world of multiple possibilities and reveals Le Roy's ongoing interest in the production of subjectivities and modes of communicativity.
"The brightly lit performing area gives no clues to "how to read" and the mechanical - man beginning is offset with a return to ordinary task - like activity: walk, sit, turn off tape machine. By the time you're into the contortions with the dress, we're given this extraordinary hybrid creature, which confronts us with a multiplicity of interpretations. For me, it alternated variously as insect, martian, chicken, watering can, caterpillar into pupa, et al. What saved it from being a Pilobolus - like entertainment (a crowd - pleasing American group that combines bodies to create biomorphic oddities) were the stillnesses and extended durations. We must sit with our attention riveted, waiting for the next stirring. Like watching a spider or snail. Your timing in this piece is exquisite: no pandering to short attention spans here."
- Yvonne Rainer, email to Xavier le Roy, 22.12.1999
XAVIER LE ROY: THE DISSENTING CHOREOGRAPHY OF ONE FRENCHMAN LESS, an essay by BOJANA CVEJIC (2010)
Dates: DECEMBER 4-5
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse (wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30 F / $25 C / $20 DH Member / VCA & Deakin Students $15
Bookings: click here
Image credit: Katrin Schoof