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XAVIER LE ROY

KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS & CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENT

XAVIER LE ROY

Kaldor Public Art Projects in collaboration with Carriageworks presents French choreographer and artist Xavier Le Roy.

This three-part Project at Carriageworks will see Le Roy work with artistic collaborator Scarlet Yu, and 18 Australian performers to create a groundbreaking new work Temporary Title, 2015, and for the first time, the public will be invited to experience the creative development of a Kaldor Public Art Project through a series of open rehearsals. In addition, Le Roy will perform his seminal solo work Self Unfinished (1998), which has never before been presented in Australia.

Over the past two decades, Le Roy has collaborated with numerous acclaimed artists around the world to create his works. In 2012, Le Roy was invited by Laurence Rassel to create his first exhibition Retrospective at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies solidifying him as a key figure in the recent dialogue between choreography and contemporary art. This exhibition was later presented to critical acclaim at Centre Pompidou, Paris, and MoMA PS1 in New York. Le Roy’s work Untitled, 2012, was presented at the 27th Kaldor Public Art Project, 13 Rooms, and was recognised as one of the strongest and most resonant pieces in the exhibition.

Please note: Temporary Title, 2015, the Open Rehearsals and Self Unfinished contain nudity.

Temporary Title, 2015 is open every day this weekend at Carriageworks, and is free to the public. No bookings required, Visitors are welcome to come and go from the exhibition during the following times:

Fri 20 NOV 3–9PM
Sat 21 NOV 12–6PM
Sun 22 NOV 12–6PM

SELF UNFINISHED

This seminal solo work was first performed in 1998 and presents the choreographer’s early experiments with the ‘performer’s body’ and its relationship to the spectator. Unlike Temporary Title, 2015, this work utilises the traditional constraints of a theatre environment – together the two works offer complementary perspectives of his renowned practice.

‘A gripping mental space. Head over heels, the dancer’s body is transformed in real time into a series of hallucinogenic, morphing aberrations…based on unwritten laws and a disquieting, inhuman rhythm. Xavier Le Roy taps into a new field where scientific and social data is transferred into imaginary representations of the body.’ – Curator and art critic François Piron

Self Unfinished is free to the public. Please reserve your seats here.

POST SHOW TALK
Australian leading Choreographer and Director Becky Hilton will host a Self Unfinished post-performance in conversation with Xavier Le Roy Wednesday 18 November.

TEMPORARY TITLE, 2015

Temporary Title, 2015, experiments with the process of pattern recognition, exploring forms which are not quite distinguishable as human – yet not completely anything else – and the idea of movement as a continuous process of transformation. The performers transition between strange and familiar forms and formations, challenging our perceptions of the human body and its capacity for physical expression and representation. The piece does not utilise props or costumes and the peformers are naked throughout the exhibition. This neutrality allows the transitory movements and conversations to remain the core of the visitor’s experience.

Le Roy works at the forefront of choreographic and dance practice, representing the most contemporary developments of the form, and presents Temporary Title, 2015, in an exhibition context rather than in the theatre. His practice explores facets of the relationship between performers and spectators, using movement as his medium. By calling the exhibition Temporary Title, 2015, he alludes to the state of constant flux which marks and defines the work. Le Roy describes the exhibition as a continually transforming landscape, where the visitor shifts between observer and contributor to the collective experience.

Performers: Natalie Abbott, Christine Babinskas, Geraldine Balcazar, Georgia Bettens, Eugene Choi, Matthew Day, Lauren Eiko, Peter Fraser, Ryuichi Fujimura, Alice Heyward, Becky Hiton, David Huggins, Marcus McKenzie, Kathryn Puie, Amaara Raheen, Darcy Wallace, Adam Warburton and Ivey Wawn.

Temporary Title, 2015, is free to the public and bookings are not required. Visitors are welcome to come and go from the exhibition during the following times:
Fri 20 NOV 3–9PM
Sat 21 NOV 12–6PM
Sun 22 NOV 12–6PM

TEMPORARY TITLE, 2015 – OPEN REHEARSALS

A former molecular biologist, Le Roy brings a deep, critical curiosity to his collaborative experimental process. Rather than instructing his performers to move using a specific technique, direction or tempo, he proposes ideas to be discussed and actualised in movement and form. For the development of Temporary Title, 2015, he invites the audience through a series of open rehearsals to participate in this unique process.

The four open rehearsals offer members of the public first-hand, intimate insights into the choreographer’s distinctive creative process. Participants will assist Le Roy, collaborator Scarlet Yu, and the 18 Australian performers to engage in a dialogue that will shape the new work through collective experiences. The dialogue will be opened further through a series of written reflections and conversations contributed to by the public, hosted on our blog.

The Open Rehearsals are free to the public. Please reserve your place here.

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XAVIER LE ROY, TEMPORARY TITLE OPEN REHEARSALS, 2015, CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY. COMMISSIONED BY KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS AND CARRIAGEWORKS. IMAGE: ZAN WIMBERLEY

5 - 22 NOV 2015

TEMPORARY TITLE, 2015
No bookings required
Visitors are welcome to come and go from the exhibition during the following times:

20 NOV 3-9PM
21 NOV 12-6PM
22 NOV 12-6PM

OPEN REHEARSALS 
5, 12, 18 & 19 NOV 4-6PM

SELF UNFINISHED
17-19 NOV 8PM

FREE - NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED

TEMPORARY TITLE, 2015
No bookings required
Visitors are welcome to come and go from the exhibition.

OPEN REHEARSALS
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SELF UNFINISHED
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