Project Description

In the year of the hundredth anniversary of Rite of Spring, Vaslav Nijinsky’s masterpiece with music by Igor Stravinsky, Festival Panorama 2013 presents Xavier Le Roy’s solo inspired by this classic piece. The idea for this piece came up in 2003, when the choreographer watched a rehearsal of the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle. Without formal knowledge of music, the French artist painstakingly studied the conductor’s performance as if it were a choreography on its own, unfolding questions such as: when is one conducting and when one is being conducted by this song? Le Roy also presents retrospective in the program of this edition of the festival.

Xavier Le Roy has worked as a choreographer since 1991. After studying molecular biology, he transitioned from science to art without abandoning his interests, always creating new ways to articulate them. Self-unfinished (1998) and Product of circumstances (1999), are among his best known works, along with several pieces in different formats for theaters, galleries and other venues. He has worked with important international dance artists such as Jérôme Bel and Yvonne Rainer.

Concept and performance: Xavier Le Roy
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Sound Design: Peter Boehm
Recording: Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
Collaborators: Berno Polzer, Bojana Cvejic
Management/Organisation: Vincent Cavaroc / Fanny Herserant
Production: Le Kwatt (F) and illusion et macadam (F)
Coproduction: Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Xavier Le
Roy Associated Artist 2007/08), Les Subsistances / Residence – Lyon, Tanz im August – Internationales
Tanzfest 2007 – Berlin, PACT Zollverein Choreographisches Zentrum NRW – Essen
Supported by the national performance network with funding provided by the German Federal Cultural
Foundation as part of its project Dance Plan Germany