Alexander Vantournhout (Brussels-based, 1989) studied single wheel, juggling and dance acrobatics at Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque in Brussels. From 2010 to 2012 he studied contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts and Research Training Studios, Brussels), the school founded by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. In 2013 he worked as an actor for Rolf Alme (NO), the founder of the Norwegian Theatre Academy, Frederickstadt (NO).
Alexander has created several solos including Caprices (2014), a choreographic solo to the music of Sciarrino. ANECKXANDER (2015), co-created with Bauke Lievens, won Circus Next award in 2014, the Public and Young Theatre Prize at Theater Aan Zee (Ostend, 2015). The piece was also selected for the Aerowaves Network and in 2016 was selected for ‘Het Theaterfestival Belgium’, the prize for the most remarkable Belgian performance.
For the creation Raphaël (2017), Alexander and Bauke became artists-in-residence at Kunstencentrum Nona, Mechelen (BE). In addition Alexander is a Cultural Ambassador of the city Roeselare (BE), an associated artist at PERPLX, Marke (BE) (2017-2019) and a residency-artist at Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent (BE) (2017-2021).
In 2018 he created The Ceramic Rose (2018), in co-creation with Scali Delpeyrat. The show was presented at the Festival of Avignon 2018 in Sujets à Vif. Red Haired Men (2018) is an energetic group performance inspired by the absurd poetry of Daniil Kharms, leading light of the 1920s of the Soviet avant-garde. Afterwards, Alexander created his first site specific performance, Screws (2019). Six dancer-acrobats guide you in this site specific performance along a route of reverberating micro performances, from short solos and duets to pointed group choreographies.
In the meantime, Alexander is preparing his newest performance Through the grapevine (première June 2020), a duet with Axel Guérin (Red Haired Men) where thay exmine the formula of the pas de deux.
Alexander’s movement language is influenced by different pedagogical processes and by working across several fields within the arts. Two constants within his artist pursuits are a search for creative and kinetic potential in physicality and an investigation into many aspects of the relationship between performer and object.