Inspired by a clip of Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the film Rhythm is it! Xavier Le Roy became interested in Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. He studied Rattle’s interpretation comprehensively as though it was an autonomous choreography. In the process cause and effect were reversed: the conductor’s gestures and movements, essentially meant to synchronise the musicians, appear to originate from the music itself.
Premiere: 27.06.07 Les Subsistances (Lyon) Concept and performance: Xavier Le Roy Music: Igor Stravinsky Sound Design: Peter Boehm Recording: Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle Collaborators: Berno Polzer, Bojana Cvejic Management/Organisation: Alexandra Wellensiek Production: in situ productions (D) and Le Kwatt (F) Coproduction: 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 Supported by the national performance network with funding provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of its project Dance Plan Germany Photo: © Vincent Cavaroc www.insituproductions.net