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Xavier Le Roy, Le Sacre Du Printemps, 2007. Photo by Vincent Cavaroc.

Xavier Le Roy
Xavier Le Roy's premise begins with a study of the expressive "choreography" of Sir Simon Rattle's conducting style which Le Roy will use as the structure for an evening-length performance of Sacre du Printemps. Le Roy will recreate and elaborate on the conductor's movements on stage using the documentary film "Rhythm is It!," which features Rattle conducting "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky. The piece will be performed by Le Roy, accompanied by an audio playback arrangement which isolates each instrument in the orchestra and creates the sensation that each audience member could be a musician in the orchestra, therein turning audience into virtual orchestra and dancer into "conductor."

About the Artist
Xavier Le Roy (b. Juvisy sur Orge, France) is a Berlin-based choreographer, dancer, and director. He began dancing in 1991 and then began to develop his own work in 1993. In 1996, Le Roy worked with the "Quatuor Albrecht Knust" (Paris) on the recreation of a piece by Yvonne Rainer, "Continuous Project-Altered Daily" and "Satisfying Lover" by Steve Paxton. His work has pioneered a view of the body as a distinct entity in itself, rather than a mere tool for pre-existing dance techniques. His piece "Self Unfinished," (1998) creates the illusion of a moving headless body, and has become a key reference in contemporary dance today. Since 2004, Xavier Le Roy has been involved in various educational programs, and will be Associate Artist at the Centre National Choregraphique de Montpellier in 2007 and 2008.

Co-presented by PERFORMA and The Baryshnikov Arts Center. Supported by Ronald & Amy Guttman and The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Xavier Le Roy,
Le Sacre du Printemps

Showing at:
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Nov 15 - Nov 17, 2007
7 pm
$12 - Student
$14 - Member
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