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Prof. Dr. Xavier Le Roy

Professorship for Applied Theatre Studies with focus on practice of performative arts


Prof. Dr. Xavier Le Roy

Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as artist since 1991. Since 2018 he works as Professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen (Germany).
He has performed with diverse companies and choreographers before conceiving and initiating works by himself.
From 1996 to 2003, he was artist-in-residence at the Podewil in Berlin. In 2007-2008 he was “Associated Artist”at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France. In 2010 he is an Artist in Residence fellow at the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA). In 2012, he begins a 3 years residency at Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris.

Through his solo works such as « Self Unfinished (1998) » and « Product of Circumstances (1999) », using individual and solitary working processes, he has opened some perspectives in the field of choreography. At the same time, he has initiated projects exploring diverse modes of production and collaboration to question: How to work together? and what working together can do? "E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S." (1999-2000), "Project" (2003) and "6 Months 1 Location" (2008).

His works such as the soli "Le Sacre du Printemps" (2007), "Untitled" (2014), 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, "Retrospective" first realized in 2012 at the Tapiès Foundation-Barcelona, "Temporary Title, 2015" created at Sydney in the frame of John Kaldor Public Art Project or "For The Unfaithful Replica" (2016) in collaboration with Scarlet Yu at CA2M Madrid; produce situations that explore the relationships between spectactors / visitors / performers and the production of subjectivities.
In 2017, together with Ensemble Issho Ni they create for the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt: the exhibition "Haben Sie "Modern" gesagt?", and he developped, together with Scarlet Yu, "Still Untitled", a work for public spaces commissioned by Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017.

Since 1st October 2023 Prof. Le Roy holds the position of managing director of the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies.


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