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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Danza EN (new)


Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (Belgium)

May 15th, 8:00 p.m.
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Project, don’t look now
concept Xavier Le Roy
director of the project Xavier Le Roy, Mårten Spångberg
with Camille Durif Bonis (FR), Nestor Garcia Diaz (ES), José Paulo dos Santos (BR), Vedis Kjartansdottir (IS), Radouan Mriziga (MR), Simon Portigal (CA), Victor Perez Armero (ES), Michiel Vandevelde (BE), Cyriaque Villemaux (FR), Mohamed Toukabri (TN), Miriam Wolf (USA), Youness Khoukhou (MR)
P.A.R.T.S. is an initiative of Rosas and De Munt / La Monnaie. The school is funded by the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Government with the additional support of the DÉPARTS Network. DÉPARTS is sustained by the European Commission, through its Culture Program.
Project, don’t look now is the product of a 3-week workshop with 12 students from the research cycle of P.A.R.T.S. with choreographers Xavier Le Roy and Mårten Spångberg, based on the choreographic principles of an earlier piece, Project, that Xavier Le Roy developed in 2003 in collaboration with other choreographers.
Project addresses choreography by means of games and their rules, exploring the relationships that are instated, the processes that are set in motion, what comes of them and the response to the results. How does the way we collaborate influence what we do, create and interpret? How many and what kind of movements can be generated using the tactics and strategies derived from game-playing and its rules? What are their specificities? In what way, when and which games/rules produce or become choreography and vice-versa? How, when and what games/rules are perceived as choreography and vice-versa? How, when and what brings together particular movements, choreography and performance? And finally: what kind of relationships are produced on the spectators by these processes?
Born in 1963 in Juvisy sur Orge (France), Xavier Le Roy graduated in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier; he began to dance in 1988 and to work as a dancer and choreographer for several different companies after 1991. From 1996 to 2003 he was an artist-in-residence at the Podewil in Berlin. In 2007-2008 he was an associated artist at the Centre Choréographique National de Montpellier, upon invitation by Mathilde Monnier. In 2010 he was artist in residence at MIT in Cambridge (Massachusetts) for the Program in Art Culture and Technology. Several of his solo works, such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999) have opened new perspectives for dance and his original approach has radicalized the academic discourse regarding the body and choreographic art. Le Roy develops his work like a researcher, concentrating simultaneously on the relationship between the process and the result and on his personal involvement in the process. All his projects are research into a productive model, ways of collaborating, and the condition of working in a team, like E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. (1999/2000), Project (2003), 6 Months 1 Location (2008). His latest solos (Le Sacre du Printemps, Product of Other Circumstances) and the work for ensemble Floor Pieces (2009) explore all the different types of relationships that are created between the spectator and the performer. Also important are the Mouvements fur Lachenmann, which Le Roy created upon commission by the Wien Modern (2005), followed in 2008 by More Mouvements fur Lachenmann (Montpellier Danse 2008) and Ionisation, a choreography set to the famous musical composition by Varèse for 40 children, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmonie.
Mårten Spångberg, choreographer and dance theoretician, lives and works in Stockholm. His work is informed by an idea of choreography understood as expanded territory, which he addresses in experimental terms that are both practical and creative. He has been active on the scene since 1994 and has created his own works since 1999, including: Break, Intermission, Before and After for William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (2002), the solo Powered by Emotion (2003), Heja Sverige (2005), After Sade (2006), Slowfall (2008), Dark (2009). He has collaborated, among others, with Xavier Le Roy, Les Ballets C de la B, Thomas Plischke. With architect Tor Lindstrand he founded the International Festival, an interdisciplinary space where architecture, choreography, performance, are equally understood as means to organize time and space. He has published many articles in magazines and essays dedicated to dance; he has also worked as a critic.