Through the Grapevine

Through the Grapevine is a quirky pas de deux between two men.  Performers Alexander Vantournhout and Axel Guérin display their bodies, stripped of all frills. They are athletic but certainly not perfect, do not resemble beautiful Instagram pictures, and do not try to impress with virtuosity, but rather demonstrate the beauty of reality. Gradually, their athletic bodies collide with physical limitations and their movements guide them in the discovery of the strengths and weaknesses of their own specific physique. The choreography creates an interplay between these differences in proportions and physical strength. With great effort and concentration, the performers search for balance, equilibrium, and harmony without shying away from humour.  They challenge one another and drive each other forward, alternately leading the dance. Through constant mutual physical contact, the synergy between touching and being touched unfolds as the base melody of the performance.

This seventh performance by Alexander Vantournhout, following La Rose en Céramique (2018) and Raphael (2017), is his first true duet and builds upon the thematic aspects of ANECKXANDER (2015) to a certain extent. The body is reintroduced in a highly pure form and the performance delves into the creative, kinetic potential of physical limitations, a theme that is reflected throughout his oeuvre. Following the on-scene performance of SCREWS (2017), Alexander dives back into the theatre, with partner in crime Axel Guérin, whom we previously saw as one of the performers in Red Haired Men (2018).

Coproduction: Arts Centre Vooruit, Gent (BE), PERPLX, Marke (BE), CENTQUATRE, Paris (FR), Cirque-théâtre Elbeuf (FR), Subsistances, Lyon (FR), Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg (LU), MA scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (FR), Les Hivernales CDCN, Avignon (FR), Malpertuis, Tielt (BE), Theater Freiburg (DE), Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, Gradignan (FR)


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Alexander Vantournhout
  • Genre: Dance / Circus
  • World premiere: 25-26-27 June '20 Subsistances in collaboration with Nuits de Fourvière Lyon (CANCELED Covid-19)
  • Performance period: summer '20, October '20 and December '20 - February '21
  • Creation & performance: Alexander Vantournhout & Axel Guérin
  • Artistic assistance: Rudi Laermans
  • Light design: Caroline Mathieu

“The work of Alexander Vantournhout is awkward, uncomfortable, funny, dangerous and completely compelling.”

Dancing Review

"Alexander Vantournhout: circus is talking about it, so does dance."

Le Monde


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