05/05/2010

Mittwoch Macht Frei: Xavier Le Roy and Audience Responses

As I opened my twitter this morning, my eyes caught a glimpse of interesting short interview with a French choreographer at dwell, Xavier Le Roy. Somehow it bears a resemblance to the last week's "Mittwoch Macht Frei: Doddy Iswahyudi" about reading audience in different countries. Doddy, a Yogya-based cartoonist, said general observation over the news or things related to a country (in-depth and smart one, I supposed) is a key to captivate the audience in different places.

Here I quoted the short interview by Tiffany Chu on Le Roy's latest work "Self-Unfinished"


(via Dwell)
"Do French notions of space - acceptable personal space, audience space, public space - differ from that in the U.S. and other countries where you have performed? And how might that affect the way the audience perceives your pieces?
It's interesting. Obviously, there are cultural differences in the way that people perceive space -- from an upstanding American handshake to the easy closeness with which the French kiss both cheeks. I have not seen drastic differences in the audiences between here and Europe, but I will never forget my performance in Moscow. The Russians laughed from beginning to end -- and while my piece certainly has elements of humor, it turned into a kind of action-reaction show, and it was a bit difficult for me to perform a streamlined continuum of movements. Only afterwards did I realize that they probably thought I was channeling Marcel Marceau, the famous French mime. In Asia, particularly Singapore, the audience was amazingly silent - and that was fascinatingly extreme as well. But it is difficult to make these generalizations about culture, especially when one remember who is in my audiences - it is a subset with certain expectations about visual art performance that represent a very specific cross-section of each culture. "

Personally, I haven't figured out how to handle various demands to please everybody. Once I attended a seminar about how to captivate the audience with colors, somehow I'd been more convinced that creative business is as complicated as Dow Jones index. Each culture has their own color chart, definition of nice and bad, particular shape of living things (animals or body shape). I don't want to fall in stereotypes, but in this case, stereotype is rather good.

But again, we cannot make everyone happy, though? Even God made humans suffered.

(did I mention that Le Roy's formerly a biochemist?)

1 comment:

  1. (since she's trying hard and not succeed in leaving comments here so I reposted her short notice per email)

    Enggar Paramita to me
    show details 7:33 AM (2 hours ago)
    Talking about audience in different countries, especially in Jakarta, I had quite experience when watching Jens Lekman live in concert last couple of months.

    Jens was a very interactive person. On stage he was a living god. He made conversation with the audiences, he asked us to clap hands and snap our fingers while singing to his songs. He let us hum in chorus parts. He wanted to embrace us. He was frickin amazing and entertaining yet nobody seemed to fucking care. They just stood there and didn't make any sound. They all hesitated. Only small group (including me fer sure :D) that sang loudly and danced to his songs.

    I wonder what's wrong people? Simply because u don't know him then u can't response to his beautiful music? That's ridiculous because I think music is universal.
    U don't have to know the musician or artist, as long u like the piece then go express urself.
    Or maybe Jakartans are to reluctant? But why? Are we living in a image-centric city so that u gotta be careful for everything u do because it will draw people's perception towards u?
    Fuck that people.

    Happy wednesday.

    -enggar paramita.

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