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Self-Unfinished (1998)

Xavier Le Roy

In recent years the French choreographer Xavier Le Roy has made a huge impact in the world of dance and choreography, yet he only started to work in this field after finishing a dissertation in molecular biology. His approach as a choreographer goes beyond a purely artistic one and reflects a strong scientific urge to understand the body in different, seemingly unrelated contexts. His piece Self-Unfinished clearly expresses his interest in questioning the representation of the body in the practice of choreographic art, and formulates a strong critique in regard to social hierarchies and related political subject matters. Le Roy moved from the idea of the body as signifier to the idea of the body loaded with fewer and fewer signs; from a perception of representation that is usually recognition towards representation without any possibility of recognition, leading to confusion and disorder.

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