Xavier Le Roy: Le saćre du printemps

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    Le saćre du printemps

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    Observing the Berlin Philharmonic during a rehearsal of “Le Sacre du Printemps” in 2003 (documented in “Rhythm is it” DVD), choreographer Xavier Le Roy decided to work on Stravinsky’s classic from an interest in the movements of conducting. Having no musical training, Le Roy ventured into a laborious process of studying Rattle’s interpretation as if it were a stand-alone piece of choreography. In the process cause and effect were reversed: the conductor’s gestures and movements, essentially meant to synchronise the musicians, appear to originate instead from the music. When is one playing and when is one being played? What do musicians, the conductor and spectators hear when hearing itself becomes part of an embodied, inevitably visceral experience of movement and sound? Which is the moment before and after the tone, the movement, the intention to move, the motor skills of playing?

    1. Concept and performance: Xavier Le Roy
    2. Music: Igor Stravinsky
    3. Sound Design: Peter Boehm
    4. Recording: Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
    5. Collaborators: Berno Polzer, Bojana Cvejic
    6. Management/Organisation: Alexandra Wellensiek
    7. Production: in situ productions (DE) and Le Kwatt (FR)
    8. Co-production: Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon (Xavier Le Roy Associated Artist 2007/08), Les Subsistances / Residence – Lyon, Tanz im August – Internationales Tanzfest 2007 – Berlin, PACT Zollverein Choreographisches Zentrum NRW – Essen.

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    Supported by the national performance network with funding provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its project Dance Plan Germany.


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