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Featured: Xavier Kim / A.K.Y.S Projecte (Lyon, France)

Featured: Xavier Kim / A.K.Y.S Projecte (Lyon, France)

Xavier Kim was born in 1976 in Nancy, France. He began his university training studying philosophy but soon changed his focus to embrace juggling, acrobatics and dance with even greater enthusiasm.

Xavier created A.K.Y.S Projecte in late 2002 to qualify for a “Jeunes Talents Cirque/AFAA” national award at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris. The result was a solo titled #0.0. The piece was performed for the first time in 2003 as part of the 16th Contemporary Circus Festival in Auch. #0.0 subsequently toured throughout France and to the Brazilian cities of Salvador, Recife and Fortaleza in October 2005.

In 2007 the company created 100% Croissance. The first work in progress showing won the National Contest of Creation at the National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center in Taipei (Taiwan). The piece was finished and received its premiere at Les Subsistances in Lyon. Choi(e)x a third project is under construction and will premiere October 19-23, 2010 at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France.

As a performer Xavier worked with various French choreographers: Jean-Christophe Bleton (Oukiva – 2000), Lin Yuan Shang (Petites Formes Chorégraphiques Itinérantes – 2002), Kitsou Dubois (Analogies – 2004), Lionel Hoche (Pan!-2008). He is currently working with the stage director Thomas Ferrand (Et les Vivants ne mourront pas – 2009) and is beginning collaborations with Rachid Ouramdane and Boris Gib.


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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