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Recording: 2011-01-29 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Xavier Le Roy


HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

What if opening and closing a show with a conversation was the simplest way to create a link between artists and spectators? For Xavier Le Roy, what is shown is as important, if not less, as the discussions that result from it: all of his pieces offer a basis for reflection. Two moments of exchange between the public and the performers therefore open and close low pieces. The presentation of the movements that these spaces of words frame like mirrors, is disrupted when the dancers, with whom the spectator were talking a few minutes earlier, are found undressed on stage, lying down or on all fours. Are they really the same anyway? How does the perception of both dancers and spectators change? How are they going to recreate a common space?

Faced with these naked bodies, the social image of the dancer having a conversation, present in the eyes of the spectators only a moment before, fades away. Any word that might describe this feeling seems short of or beyond what we are shown. The scene could represent a herd of animals at rest, a pack of lions basking in the sun, a plant composition… These images come one after the other in our imagination. The group of individuals transforms into a group of an undetermined nature, capable of receiving all our projections. Xavier Le Roy thus plays on our senses and once again questions in this creation the way we perceive a body. In rejecting dress codes and removing movement from social habits, he proposes a community released from its humanity to the spectator. Animal? Mechanical? Vegetal? Before our eyes, a series of choreographic landscapes suggests another form of being in the world.
Maxime Fleuriot in Programme du Festival d’Avignon 2011

Cast & Credits

Concept: Xavier Le Roy
With: Sasa Asentic, Krõõt Juurak, Neto Machado, Luís Miguel Félix, Jan Ritsema, Manon Santkin, Christine de Smedt, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Xavier Le Roy

Production management: illusion & macadam – Vincent Cavaroc and Fanny Herserant
Production: Le Kwatt Montpellier
Coproduction: DRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, HAU
With the support of the Bureau du théâtre et de la danse.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Xavier Le Roy / Trailers and Video Documentations

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