Product of Circumstances
Xavier Le Roy
“I began to take two dance classes a week at the same time that I started to work on my thesis for my PhD in molecular and cellular biology. It’s been many years since I submitted my thesis and stopped to work as a biologist. In 1998, I was invited to present a lecture for an event on theory and praxis in performance.”
—Xavier Le Roy
Product of Circumstances is a performance—a space of philosophical exploration where performed actions subvert the traditional hierarchy of organization and form. These performative acts inspire an awareness of the ways that hierarchies manifest themselves in society today and the complex of rationalizations that give those manifestations support.
This performance is presented in conjunction with Avital Ronell’s talk The Test Drive.
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. From 1996 to 2003, he was artist-in-residence at the Podewil in Berlin. From 2007-2008 he was an associated artist at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France, and in 2010 he was an artist-in-residence fellow at the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. Through his solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), he has opened new perspectives for dance, and his individual approach has radicalized academic discourse about the body and choreographic art. Le Roy develops his work like a researcher while simultaneously focusing on the relationships between process and product and his own involvement in the process. 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). His works such as Le Sacre du Printemps (2007) and Product of Other Circumstances (2009), as well as the Low Pieces (2009-2011), and a production created with Mårten Spångberg for the exhibition Move: Choreographing You, explore more explicitly diverse modes of relationships between spectators and performers.
Production: in situ productions and Le Kwatt. Co-produced by Podewil/TanzWerkstatt Berlin, and Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung, und Kultur.
"Although Le Roy’s work is often humorous, it invites serious investigations of the subject in relationship to the apparatuses of control within the scientific environment, in dance studios, and everyday public areas." Marija Krtolica