Alexander Vantournhout

Red Haired Men
Circus / Dance / Performance

This show is part of the Semaine sur Mars festival!

A versatile artist who is totally engaged on stage, Alexander Vantournhout delivers a piece based on the literature of the avant-garde Russian artist Daniil Harms. From the work of this poet of the absurd springs a surprising world the audience can live in.

In a mix of circus arts, contortion, dance, and magic, one fascinating tableau follows another. Front and back become one as bodies blend with each other in a troubling mimicry. The performers’ stares almost hold the audience captive, and we can only relax into the gentleness and strangeness of the moment.

An astounding performance!

Choreography and artistic direction: Alexander Vantournhout
Creation and interpretation: Ruben Mardulier, Axel Guerin, Winston Reynolds, Alexander Vantournhout
Pianist: Myriam Ayari
Dramaturgy : Kristof van Baarle
Choregraphy : Anneleen Keppens
Coach acting game: Jan Steen
Outside look: Geert Belpaeme, Lili M. Rampre
Magic speaker: Tim Oelbrandt
Shipyard: Willy Cauwelier
Light and sound : Rinus Samyn / Bram Vandeghinste
Production coordination & company manager: Esther Maas
Costums : Anne Vereecke Photographies : Bart Grietens
Contact & diffusion :
Avant-première : 6-7/10/2018 Actoral, Marseille (FR)
Première internationale : 11-12/10/2018 CIRQUE-THÉÂTRE, ELBEUF (FR)
Première belge : 25-26/10/2018 Vooruit, Gent (BE).

Coproductions : Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf (FR), Vooruit-Gent (BE), PERPLX, Marke (BE), Subsistances, Lyon (FR), Le Manège de Reims (FR).

Home in residence : Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf (FR), Vooruit, Gent (BE), STUK-Leuven (BE), Bateau Feu, Dunkerque (FR), Theater op de Markt, Neerpelt (BE), Subsistances, Lyon (FR), P.A.R.T.S, Brussels (BE), Circuscentrum, Gent ( BE), De Warande, Turnhout (BE), Circa, Auch (FR), Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (DE), Le Manège, Reims (FR), De Grote Post, Oostende (BE), Kaap, Brugge-Oostende (BE), Actoral, Marseille (FR), Wood Cube, Roeselare (BE)

Production : NOT STANDING asbl / siège social : Beversesteenweg 78, 8800 Roeselare (BE) / N. d’entreprise: 0849019917
Avec l’aide de la Communauté flamande, la ville de Roulers.
Thanks to: STAD Roeselare, Gili (Lieven Gheysen), Dirk van Boxelaere.

Alexander Vantournhout is a resident artist in Vooruit (BE) for the period 2017-2021, as well as an artist associated with PERPLX (BE). From 2016-2018, Alexander is Cultural Ambassador of Roeselare (BE).

Alexander Vantournhout (Roulers, 1989) studied the single wheel, acrobatics, and juggling at ESAC (École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque, Brussels) and contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, Brussels). In 2013 he worked as an actor with Rolf Alme, the founder of the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Friedrickstadt (NO). Since then he has authored solos including Caprices (2014), a choreography set to the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, and Aneckxander, in collaboration with Bauke Lievens. Caprices won the 2014 CircusNext prize, as well as the Young Theater Prize and the Audience Award at Theater Aan Zee (Ostend, 2015). He was also selected to be part of the Aerowaves network and the Theaterfestival in Anvers (2016). For the premiere of Raphaël (2016), Alexander Vantournhout and Bauke Lievens were artists in residence at Kc Nona, Malines (BE). Alexander has been the Cultural Ambassador of the City of Roulers (2016- 2018) and a partner artist with PERPLX (Marke, 2017-2019), and is currently an artist in residence at Vooruit, in Gand (2017- 2021).
Alexander taught regularly at ESAC (2012- 2018) and Fontys, Tilburg (2010- 2016), and has been invited to teach occasionally at P.A.R.T.S (BE), CODARTS (NE) and Verigo (IT).

After his studies, Alexander took classes with his great source of inspiration, Steve Paxton- Lisa Nelson in Vermont (USA). He also became involved in “movement practice” by taking classes and creating exchanges with Martin Kilvady, Ido Portal, and Fighting Monkey Research team (Rootlessroots). His physical language is influenced by his education and diverse work situations. Two things are constant however: his search for creative and kinetic potential in physical limits, and the relationship or boundary between performer and object.