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posted September 21, 2001 22:38     Click Here to See the Profile for Marie   Click Here to Email Marie     Edit/Delete Message

Xavier Le Roy
Self-Unfinished
Théâtre du Maurier, Monument-National
Festival International de Nouvelle Danse
September 21, 2001

"I feel like I just spent an hour watching a guy with his head up his ass," was what my friend Eric had to say after watching Self-Unfinished. I had to concur.

Xavier LeRoy has taken navel gazing to an all time low. Spending most of the show with his legs over his head and his back to the audience, clothed and later unclothed, he could have been contemplating the universe for all I know, but I'm sure his thoughts had more to do with himself, hence the use of 'self' in the title.

At his most entertaining he walked with his hands on the floor and his dress, a Graham-esque lycra number, pulled over his head. When he was naked and the audience only had his twitching bum to look at a lot of people giggled at the sight, but I wasn't exactly thrilled. If LeRoy had something to say about himself, anything else, or was doing something the slightest bit interesting, then seeing his bum in all its shinning glory would have been fine with me.

As I waited for the show to wind it's way to a close, I contemplated applauding in order to force an early exodus. So when LeRoy finally put his clothes back on, turned on the boombox, and slipped out through the audience, I was grateful. We were left listening to Diana Ross sing Upside Down. Maybe the BeeGee's Jive talkin' would have been a better choice.

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