Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy
In collaboration with Aaron Khek, Bernice Lee, Chan Sze Wei, Jereh Leong, Joavien Ng, Kai Eng, Loo Zihan, Max Chen, Melinda Lee, Mohd Fared Jainal, Norisham Osman, Scarlet Yu, Wiing Liu
Retrospective is by Xavier Le Roy who collaborates with 13 Singapore dance makers namely, Aaron Khek, Bernice Lee, Chan Sze Wei, Jereh Leong, Joavien Ng, Kai Eng, Loo Zihan, Max Chen, Melinda Lee, Mohd Fared Jainal, Norisham Osman, Scarlet Yu and Wiing Liu. In Retrospective, the performer performs his or her 'retrospective' for the audience, comprising personal stories told through text and movement. The texts are developed by the performers and Xavier. Styled as an 'exhibition', Retrospective allows for the close proximity between the visitor and performer.
"… It is both an exhibition and a theatre performance. It demands some respectful distance around the exhibit, but less intimidating than participatory theatre. It doesn't want to absorb the visitor into a spectacle, but it does propose a dialogue. Perhaps a more precise term would be that it 'gives attention' to the spectator …"
"… Another, perhaps simple, unexpected product was the comment - which was new to me but came up over and over - that some visitors found it fascinating to see people dance so close to them. Dance movement is usually performed at a distance. I didn't realize the importance of that before …"
- Xavier Le Roy, in response to an interview by Bojana Cvejic from the book, "RETROSPECTIVE" by Xavier Le Roy
Dates: 25 July – 2 August 2014 (no performance on 28 July 2014)
Time: 1 - 9pm (Audiences are invited to come and go as they please)
A ticket provides for same day re-entry
About Xavier Le Roy
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 the Podewil in Berlin. In 2007-2008 he was an Associated Artist at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France and in 2010, he was an Artist-in-Residence fellow at the 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 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 for the exhibition 12 Rooms and Retrospective, first realised in 2012, at the Tapiès Foundation-Barcelona, produce situations that explore the relationships between spectators/visitors/performers and the production of subjectivities.