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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).


At the turn of the Century, a group of French experimental choreographers initiated a new wave of dance making and thinking that has massively influenced what choreography looks and feels like in the art world today. Australian artist Becky Hilton will be in conversation with Xavier Le Roy to discuss, among a myriad of things, the impact and influence ideas of internationalism, nationalism, localism and personalism have had on the field of choreography and performance in the early part of this Century.

- Xavier Le Roy has conceived and presented his work as 'contemporary dance' signed by a French choreographer, as opposed to disseminating it under the banner of French dance per se. As a contemporary French artist, Le Roy has an inclination towards the themes and methods of French theory, such as, for instance, its critique of spectacle, exploration of alternative forms of spectatorship, and interest in how the body is represented. But in his attitude towards the material conditions of dance and its modes of production (both in terms of institution and dissemination), he has consciously sought to distance himself from the authorship model of choreography that dominates the French dance scene. (…). Le Roy's work has remained steadfastly independent and internationally orientated, and his attempt to experiment with alternative ways of working has, by implication, real aesthetic and political significance. – Bojana Cvejic


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.

BECKY HILTON is an Australian dancer and performer. She also teaches, choreographs, re-stages and writes about dance.
Over three decades she has collaborated with a range of Australian and international artists including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, DD Dorvillier, Margie Medlin, Lucy Guerin, Mathew Barney, among others. Some of her current collaborators include Chrysa Parkinson, Ben Speth, Tino Sehgal and Xavier Le Roy.
Becky works with dance in a range of situations and environments including, but not limited to, dance companies, universities, community organisations and arts festivals. She has presented work in the context of the Australian Research Council, the Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move, Movement Research New York, Stockholm University of the Arts, La lagrima Mexico, Mestizas Argentina, NABI Korea etc.
Becky has regular teaching engagements at the University of Melbourne, Dancehouse, PARTS Belgium, DOCH Sweden, Scenekunstskolen Denmark, University of Sonora Mexico etc. Her writing has appeared in the Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Writings on Dance, the Swedish Book of Dance History, Oralsite, Movement Research Journal etc. Becky serves on the Dancehouse Board, was a member of the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award jury, advises on dance for MPavillion, Kaldor Public Art Projects and mentors, formally and informally, a range of young artists. As the recipient of a Fellowship from the Dance Board of the Australia Council, she is writing a book on DANCERNESS.


Time: 5pm - 7pm
Where: Dancehouse
Cost: FREE
Bookings are essential!


Image credit: Katrin Schoof