not standing

Alexander Vantournhout

not standing was founded by choreographer Alexander Vantournhout.

Alexander Vantournhout (Brussels, 1989) studied cyr wheel and juggling at ESAC (Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque) and contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels.

Alexander Vantournhout’s physical language bears the influences of a varied education and working circumstances. However, it is marked by two constants: his search for the creative and kinetic potential in physical limitation, and the relationship or boundary between performer and object.

2014 marks the premiere of his first piece, Caprices, a choreographic solo set to the music of Sciarrino. Aneckxander (2015), a second solo, co-created with Bauke Lievens, wins the CircusNext Prize, as well as the Young Theatre Prize and the Audience Prize at Theater Aan Zee (Ostend, 2015) and the Aerowaves network. His first duet Raphaël (2017) is also co-created with Bauke Lievens.

In 2018, Alexander Vantournhout created La Rose en Céramique, a movement solo that accompanies Scali Delpeyrat’s theatrical solo at the Avignon Festival. Shortly after, Vantournhout explores the dynamics of a male quartet in Red Haired Men. In SCREWS, created in 2019, Alexander Vantournhout guides the audience, accompanied by 4 dancer-acrobats, on a journey of reverberating micro-performances, ranging from short solos and duets to group choreographies.

With Through the Grapevine (2020), Alexander Vantournhout returns to the duet format. This is his first real duet and is to some extent inspired by the concept of Aneckxander (2015). The body is reintroduced in a very pure way and the performance dives into the creative and kinetic potential of physical limitations, a theme that is reflected throughout Alexander Vantournhout’s work. In Contre-jour (2021) Alexander Vantournhout takes on the role of choreographer for the first time and gives the floor to a group of five performers from various backgrounds: dance, musical, theatre, circus, etc. In 2022 Alexander Vantournhout returned solo on stage with VanThorhout. Foreshadow, a creation with 8 performers, premieres in the summer of 2023 at Julidans in Amsterdam.

Aneckxander (2016) as well as Screws (2020), Through the Grapevine (2021) and VanThorhout (2023) were selected for Het TheaterFestival, which celebrates the most exceptional Belgian performances. In addition to his live performances, he has ventured into the realm of dance films, creating Screws & Stones (2019) and Snakearms (2021), the latter of which earned accolades at Het TheaterFestival, NY Segal Film Festival, and Cinedans Festival Amsterdam.

Alexander Vantournhout is artist-in-residence at the Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER in Ghent, associate artist at CENTQUATRE in Paris and cultural ambassador of the city of Roeselare. Alexander Vantournhout is supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of his projects.

“Alexander Vantournhout’s work is so ingenious that it is impossible to describe. In just a few years, Alexander Vantournhout has developed a unique choreographic language that draws on techniques from dance, martial arts, circus, yoga, anatomy and the animal world.”

– De Standaard


Date Group Production Location Organizer
06-01-2024 not standing Screws Mechelen (BE) Sylvester

Screws XL

19-01-2024 - 20-01-2024 not standing VanThorhout Gent (BE) VIERNULVIER
25-01-2024 - 26-01-2024 not standing VanThorhout Niort (FR) Le Moulin du Roc – Scène nationale Niort


30-01-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Utrecht (NL) Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
31-01-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Drachten (NL) Schouwburg De Lawei
08-02-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Dilbeek (BE) Westrand – CC Dilbeek
09-02-2024 - 09-02-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Lokeren (BE) CC Lokeren

Tickets via this link

16-02-2024 - 16-02-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Overpelt (BE) CC Palethe


23-02-2024 - 23-02-2024 not standing Foreshadow Avignon (FR) Les Hivernales
27-02-2024 not standing Foreshadow Hasselt (BE) CC Hasselt
29-02-2024 - 29-02-2024 not standing Foreshadow Aalst (BE) CC De Werf


02-03-2024 - 02-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Roeselare (BE) CC De Spil


05-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Maasmechelen (BE) CC Maasmechelen
07-03-2024 - 07-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Diest (BE) CC Diest


09-03-2024 - 09-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Sint-Niklaas (BE) CC Sint-Niklaas


14-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Oostende (BE) CC De Grote Post
16-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Deinze (BE) Leietheater
20-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Brugge (BE) CC Brugge
22-03-2024 - 22-03-2024 not standing Foreshadow Cherbourg (FR) La Brèche – Pôle National des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie


28-03-2024 - 29-03-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Saint-leu (FR) Le séchoir – Leu Tempo Festival
04-04-2024 - 06-04-2024 not standing Foreshadow Paris (FR) Le Centquatre-Paris


09-04-2024 - 09-04-2024 not standing Foreshadow Montbéliard (FR) MA Scène Nationale


15-04-2024 - 17-04-2024 not standing VanThorhout Leuven (BE) STUK Huis voor Dans


03-05-2024 - 04-05-2024 not standing Foreshadow Barcelona (ES) Mercat de les Flors


05-05-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Girona (ES) Teatre Municipal de Girona
10-05-2024 - 11-05-2024 not standing VanThorhout Haarlem (NL) Schuur


14-05-2024 - 15-05-2024 not standing VanThorhout Amsterdam (NL) Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond


29-05-2024 - 31-05-2024 not standing Through the Grapevine Strasbourg (FR) Le Maillon


04-06-2024 - 05-06-2024 not standing VanThorhout Strasbourg (FR) Le Maillon


07-06-2024 - 08-06-2024 not standing Foreshadow Strasbourg (FR) Le Maillon


13-06-2024 - 13-06-2024 not standing Foreshadow Freiburg (DE) Theater Freiburg


23-06-2024 not standing Screws Sint-Agatha-Berchem (BE) Visueel Festival Visuel
26-06-2024 - 27-06-2024 not standing VanThorhout Paris (FR) La Carreau du Temple
28-06-2024 - 30-06-2024 not standing Screws Munster (DE) Theater Im Pumpenhaus
24-07-2024 - 26-07-2024 not standing Foreshadow Wien (AT) ImPulsTanz
07-08-2024 - 08-08-2024 not standing Screws Budapest (HU) Sziget Festival