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XAVIER LE ROY_IN PUBLIC
"(…) 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. (…)
Le Roy, like his friend and fellow French choreographer, Jérôme Bel, has often been criticised (sometimes quite violently) by some dance scholars for his supposedly 'conceptualist' approach to dance. Here the word 'conceptualist’ is synonymous with a critical form of choreography that draws, in Le Roy’s case, on the thinking of philosophers such as (amongst others) Gilles Deleuze, Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour and Jacques Rancière. However, if Le Roy’s performances, and the writings that accompany them, are examined in greater detail, a conceptual or theoretical orientation does certainly emerge, but only as a technique for sharpening thought, which operates in and through the performance event itself.[ii] Ultimately, it is not theory that supplies Le Roy with ideas to choreograph on the stage; his ideas stem from a concern with issues that are specific to the representation of human and non-human bodies in movement, and to the types of spectatorship that these engage."
- excerpt from XAVIER LE ROY: THE DISSENTING CHOREOGRAPHY OF ONE FRENCHMAN LESS, by Bojana Cvejic
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