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
16-01-2023 - 18-01-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine London (UK) London International Mime Festival
04-02-2023 - 04-02-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Sint-Niklaas (BE) CC Sint-Niklaas
08-02-2023 - 08-02-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Roeselare (BE) CC De Spil
10-02-2023 - 10-02-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Breda (NL) Chassé Theater
11-02-2023 - 11-02-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Merelbeke (BE) Cultuurhuis Merelbeke
14-02-2023 - 14-02-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Geel (BE) CC De Werft
16-02-2023 - 16-02-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Aalst (BE) CC De Werf

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09-03-2023 not standing Foreshadow Sint-Niklaas (BE) CC Sint-Niklaas
07-04-2023 - 08-04-2023 not standing VanThorhout Lyon (FR) Les Subsistances

en collaboration avec Maison de la Danse.

25-04-2023 - 25-04-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Eindhoven (NL) Parktheater Eindhoven
26-04-2023 - 26-04-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Bornem (BE) CC Ter Dilft
27-04-2023 - 27-04-2023 not standing Screws Halle (BE) CC ‘t Vondel
28-04-2023 - 28-04-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine 's Hertogenbosch (NL) Theater aan de Parade
05-05-2023 - 06-05-2023 not standing Screws Blois (FR) Halle aux Grains
13-05-2023 - 15-05-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Leuven (BE) STUK Huis voor Dans
24-05-2023 - 24-05-2023 not standing Screws Dendermonde (BE) CC Belgica
24-05-2023 - 25-05-2023 not standing VanThorhout Köln (DE) Circus-Dance Festival

German premiere

27-05-2023 - 28-05-2023 not standing Screws Den Haag (NL) Korzo

i.h.k.v. CaDance

03-06-2023 - 03-06-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Fontainebleau (FR) Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art
03-06-2023 - 04-06-2023 not standing Screws Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Scène Nationale de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

En collaboration avec La Commanderie

17-06-2023 - 18-06-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Kuopio (FI) Kuopio Dance Festival

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24-06-2023 - 25-06-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Aarau (CH) Cirqu’Aarau
02-07-2023 - 03-07-2023 not standing Foreshadow Amsterdam (NL) Julidans


08-07-2023 - 09-07-2023 not standing Screws Rennes (FR) Tombées de la Nuit
16-07-2023 - 18-07-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Wenen (AT) ImPulsTanz
28-07-2023 - 30-07-2023 not standing VanThorhout Oostende (BE) TAZ – Theater Aan Zee
01-08-2023 - 02-08-2023 not standing Foreshadow München (DE) Joint Adventures

Tanzwerkstatt Europa
German première

05-08-2023 - 05-08-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Krakow (PL) Krakow Dance Festival
26-08-2023 - 27-08-2023 not standing VanThorhout Groningen (NL) Noorderzon

Dutch premiere

09-09-2023 - 10-09-2023 not standing Foreshadow Genève (CH) La Bâtie
12-09-2023 - 13-09-2023 not standing VanThorhout Genève (CH) La Bâtie
16-09-2023 - 17-09-2023 not standing VanThorhout Brussel/Zaventem (BE) Het Theaterfestival
22-09-2023 - 23-09-2023 not standing Foreshadow Lyon (FR) Biennale de la Danse de Lyon

Première en France

28-09-2023 - 30-09-2023 not standing Foreshadow Gent (BE) VIERNULVIER

Belgische première

03-10-2023 - 04-10-2023 not standing Foreshadow Marseille (FR) Festival Actoral

Le Zef

10-10-2023 - 10-10-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Villefontaine (FR) Le Vellein

en collaboration avec la Biennale de la Danse Lyon

14-10-2023 not standing Foreshadow Reggio Emilia (IT) La Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia
18-10-2023 - 19-10-2023 not standing Foreshadow Schaarbeek (BE) Les Halles de Schaarbeek
21-10-2023 - 21-10-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Albi (FR) La Scène Nationale d’Albi


27-10-2023 - 28-10-2023 not standing Foreshadow Pelt (BE) Theater op de Markt
09-11-2023 - 10-11-2023 not standing Foreshadow Valenciennes (FR) Le Phénix – Scène Nationale Valenciennes


15-11-2023 - 15-11-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Hasselt (BE) CC Hasselt
17-11-2023 - 17-11-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Groningen (NL) Jonge Harten
21-11-2023 - 21-11-2023 not standing Foreshadow Dunkerque (FR) Le Bateau Feu


23-11-2023 - 25-11-2023 not standing VanThorhout Brussels (BE) Les Brigittines


28-11-2023 - 29-11-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Cannes (FR) Festival De Danse Cannes


01-12-2023 - 02-12-2023 not standing Through the Grapevine Budapest (HU) Trafo – House of Contemporary Arts


07-12-2023 - 08-12-2023 not standing Foreshadow Mechelen (BE) Kunstencentrum Nona


23-12-2023 - 26-12-2023 not standing Screws Central (HK) Tai Kwun