Tuesday 24 april 9 pm  Teatro Duse

Xavier Le Roy (F/D)
Low Pieces
danza/performance, italian première

What means the social image of the dancer? How does the perception of both dancers and spectators change?  How can they create a common space?
Low Pieces by French choreographer Xavier Le Roy, involves an extraordinary team of eight international artists and performers. Refusing the clothing codes and evading social habits, Le Roy offers to the viewer a community released from its humanity. Low Pieces does not embrace any standard. One cannot judge in terms of virtuosity, dynamics, aesthetics, or emotion, or by the performance criteria associated to the couple Representation/Recognition. Here there is another intelligence, the intelligence of plants or animals, an intelligence that has no need for translation devices. We are fascinated by the choreographic landscapes that suggest other forms of being in the world, but also the feeling of sharing a collective experience that is not exclusively of the theatre. Low Pieces demonstrates the power of performance for opening up to ideas and permitting knowledge.

concept and choreography Xavier Le Roy
with Salka Ardal Rosengren, Sasa Asentic, Anne Juren, Krõõt Juurak, Luìs Miguel Félix, Jan Ritsema, Christine De Smedt & Xavier le Roy

production Le Kwatt – Montpellier
with the support of Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Festival In-Presentable - Casa Incendida Madrid, Julia Stoschek Collection - Dusseldorf,
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies - MIT - Boston, Tanzquartier - Wien,
Southbank Centre - London, Hebbel Am Ufer - Berlin,  Festival d'Avignon 2011,
DRAC Languedoc-Roussillon

Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. He has performed with diverse companies and choreographers. From 1996 to 2003 he was artist in residence at Podewil in Berlin, in 2007-2008 he was associated artist at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier and in 2010 artist in residence at MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA). Through his solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), he has opened new perspectives for dance and his individual approach has radicalized academic discourse about the body and choreographic art. Le Roy develops his work like a researcher, while simultaneously focusing on the relationships between process and product and his own involvement in the process. He regularly initiates projects to question modes of production, collaboration and conditions of group work with projects such as E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. (1999-2000), Project (2003), and 6 Months 1 Location (2008). His latest works, such as the solos Le Sacre du Printemps (2007) and Product of Other Circumstances (2009), as well as the group piece Low Pieces (2009>2011) explore more explicitly diverse mode of relationships between spectators and performers. He recently created with Mårten Spångberg Production, a piece for the 'activators' of the exhibition MOVE:Choreographing You at Hayward Gallery, London. In 2012 Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona hosts a 2 month's project, Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy, an exhibition conceived as a choreography of actions and situations inquiring into various experiences about how we use, consume or produce time.

Luís Miguel Félix, portuguese performer and dancer, has worked mainly for choreographers as Sidney Leoni, Juan Dominguez and Jan Ritsema, and recently he started to develop his own research projects. In 2008 he attended the educational program ex.e.r.ce at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, where he initiated the online project Wedance.

Krõõt Juurak, choreographer and performer from Estonia, works between Vienna and Amsterdam. She has directed and performed with Anne Juren, Laura Kalauz, Ralo Mayer, and collaborated with the projects EVERYBODYS, Multiplex Fiction, and Chicks on Speed. She is currently choreographic coach at MA Fashion department of Elisava Academy Barcelona. Recent projects include Autodomestication, Scripted Smalltalk, Ride the Wave Dude and The Force, the Movie, the Vague with Mårten Spångberg.

Jan Ritsema, dutch theatre director, makes theatre that triggers these strange moments where thinking and performing meet each other. Ritsema directed repertoire from Shakespeare, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Elfriede Jelinek, and Heiner Müller for big and small companies in Europe. Active since 1978, he has danced in performances with a.o. Jonathan Burrows, Boris Charmatz and Meg Stuart. In 2006 he created the PerformingArtsForum in France, an alternative artists residency run by artists. Recently he staged the collaborative projects Oedipous, my foot , Agora- Open Space and Shakespeare’s As You Like It, A Body Part.

Saša Asentić, serbian artist, has autodidactic informal education in the field of performing arts. He is interested in reformulating the (performer’s) state of 'I am…' through artistic/social/political (re)actions. He has experience as an author, co-author and performer in diverse forms and contexts since 1998. He has initiated the artistic organisation Per.Art and is author and leader of the program Art and Inclusion for mentally disabled people.

Anne Juren, french choreographer, dancer and performer based in Vienna. She collaborated with Krõõt Juurak, Marianne Baillot, Agata Maszkiewicz, Alix Eynaudi, DD Dorvillier and Annie Dorsen. She was artist in residence at Tanzquartier Wien and took part in the two European artistic programs IDEE and APAP. In 2009 she worked as a choreographer at the Burgtheater  Wien and co-curated the festival Quick Change at the Tanzquartier in Vienna. Her new creation is Tableaux Vivants, with the Vienna Ensemble for Contemporary music Phace.

Christine De Smedt is a belgian artist. Her artistic work is situated between dancing/performing, choreographing, coordinating, organizing and curating artistic projects. Being a member of the company Les Ballets C. de la B. in Gent, Belgium, she produced her own work since 1993. She collaborated with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Mette Edvardsen, Mårten Spångberg, Xavier Le Roy, Philipp Gehmacher, Vladimir Miller, Myriam Van Imschoot. From 2005 produced with Eszter Salamon nvsbl, dance#1, dance#2, and the project Transformers. Currently she works on 4 Choreographic Portraits and curates the artist residence SummerIntensive.

Salka Ardal Rosengre, swedish dance performer and choreographer. She started dancing in Stockholm and continued her studies at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, where she graduated in 2010. Salka received the DanceWEB scholarship in 2009. She has created Trash Talk, and worked at two project by Daniel Linehan, Montage for Three and Zombie Aporia.