Xavier Le Roy




“Experiences for experiments and experiments for experiences.”






Product of Other Circumstances / © Luc Vleminck



The path to the museum has become smoother for choreographic work ever since movement-based art, which uses the body as its medium, has been discovered by institutionalised art historiography. Performance has since become part of the canon; it, too, has its own history. And the retrospective is part of the history of artists. In the spring of 2012, Xavier Le Roy spent three months in Barcelona at the invitation of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies museum, where he showed a work entitled “‘Retrospective’ by Xavier Le Roy”. Xavier Le Roy is now considered a classic in contemporary dance, with some of his pieces, such as “Self Unfinished” (1998) or “Product of Circumstances” (1999) touring ever since their premieres. In this respect, the phenomenon of retrospective suits his rank as an artist perfectly. However, the project that has been shown in three other places since then is not about celebrating past achievement. Although Le Roy is present throughout the entire duration of the event, the works are presented by others – interpreted, adapted and selected individually. Through the interplay of curatorial control, collective authorship and real-time experience, “Retrospective” creates a panorama of change in dance, which neither rules out nor glorifies the difficult working concept of the performance. Rather, the museum space is transformed into a setting for the exhibition that offers views that extend as far back in time as they reach into the future.
Franz Anton Cramer

Retrospective (2012)
12-20 performers depending on the location and the duration of the exhibition, space A 20 x 20 m, space B 150 m² or more, performance ongoing during opening hours of the exhibition space, duration of the exhibition 10 days to 6 weeks

low pieces (2009-2011)
9 performers, stage 14 x 14 m, 90 min

Product of Other Circumstances (2009)
solo, stage 8 x 8 m, 120 min

More Mouvements für Lachenmann (2008)
8 performers, stage 14 x 14 m, 70 min

Le Sacre du Printemps (2007)
solo, stage 10 x 10 m, 60 min

Salut für Caudwell (2005)
4 performers, stage 12 x 12 m, 26 min

Giszelle (2001)
solo, stage 12 x 12 m, 2 versions 30 min or 60 min

Product of Circumstances (1999)
solo, stage 8 x 8 m, 65 min

Self Unfinished (1998)
solo, stage 10 x 10 m, 55 min



Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. He has performed with various companies and choreographers. From 1996 to 2003, he was artist in residence at the Podewil in Berlin. In 2007/08, he was associated artist at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. In 2010, Le Roy was an artist in residence fellow at the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology in Cambridge (USA). He is now artist in residence at Théâtre de la Cité Universitaire in Paris (2013-15). Through his solo works such as “Self Unfinished” (1998) and “Product of Circumstances” (1999), he has opened up new perspectives in the field of choreographic art. His latest works such as the solo “Le Sacre du Printemps” (2007), the group piece “low pieces” (2011), and works for exhibition spaces such as “production” (2011) created together with Mårten Spångberg, “untitled” (2012) and “Retrospective” (2012), produce situations that explore the relationships between spectators/visitors/performers and the emergence of subjectivities.