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  • Duration: 55 min
  • Belgium
  • Adult audience
  • 1198 vues

Alexander Vantournhout

When the body becomes a fascinating playground for experimentation.

Totally unclothed, a dancer twists and turns, violently searching for his limits, asking us to question our own with his bold, sculptural nudity. Like a doe-eye Pierrot, he launches once again into a series of gestures which blur the lines between acrobatics and sacrifice…
The idea for ANECKXANDER came to Alexander Vantournhout when another dancer told him that he had a long neck: hence Aneckxander. This incident compelled him to take a closer look at a body whose proportions had always seemed somewhat unusual. He thus set about examining the way his body is put together, and indirectly exploring conventional audience perceptions of the body. His research eventually yielded this piece, the “tragic autobiography of a body.” By turns funny and serious, Alexander rewrites the autobiography of his own body, alternating between the roles of subject, object and material. The result is an unfiltered self-portrait, wherein the body sheds its protective layers and attempts to escape the gaze of its observers. A superb and striking solo performance.

Distribution and legal informations

  • Created by: Alexander Vantournhout, Bauke Lievens
  • Written by: Bauke Lievens
  • Additional writing: Dries Douibi, Gerald Kurdian
  • External consultants: Geert Belpaeme, Anneleen Keppens, Lore Missine, Lili M. Rampre
  • Technical Directors: Tim Oelbrandt, Rinus Samyn
  • Music: Arvo Pärt
  • Costumes: Nefeli Myrtidi, Anne Vereecke
  • Performed by: Alexander Vantournhout
  • A collaboration with : Bauke Lievens (research project "Between being and imagining: towards a methodology for artistic research in contemporary circus", with funding from KASK School of Arts, Ghent - Belgium)
  • Produced by: NOT STANDING asbl (Belgium)
  • Co-produced by: CircusNext; Les Subsistances, Lyon; Festival PERPLX (Belgium); Festival Novog Cirkusa (Croatia)
  • With the support of: Province de la Flandre Occidentale; Gouvernement Flamand; CircusNext (a European artistic scholarship scheme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Commission)

More informations

  • Place of capture : Le Palace
  • Collection : Mimos 2016

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  • Il y a mille façons de s’habiller. Il y a aussi mille façons d’être nu. En scène, la nudité peut montrer la perfection d’un mouvement. Elle peut révéler la fragilité d’un être, ou encore provoquer le spectateur, son rire complice, sa fascination gênée.

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