Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens

A tragic autobiography of the body

is a solo in a minimal setting for one acrobatic body, a handful of carefully selected objects and three variations on a piece of piano music by Arvo Pärt. Balancing on the fine line between tragedy and comedy, Alexander/Aneckxander rewrites the autobiography of his own body: from subject to object to matter. The result is a raw self-portrait in which the body both exposes itself to and tries to escape from the prying eyes of those looking at it.

Collaboration with
Bauke Lievens in the context of the research project Between being and imagining: towards a methodology for artistic research in contemporary circus, financed by the research fund of KASK School of Arts, Gent (BE).
Supported by CircusNext, a European scheme coordinated by Talents Cirque Europe, funded with support from the European Commission.
Coproduction: Circus Next, Les Subsistances Lyon (FR), Festival PERPLX Kortrijk-Marke (BE), Festival Novog cirkusa Zagreb (HR)

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Alexander Vantournhout
  • Genre: Circus / Dance
  • World premiere: June '15
  • Direction: Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens

Best Production 2016

Theaterfestival 2016 (BE/NL)

Best Performance, Audience Award and KBC Award

Festival Theater aan Zee Ostend 2015 (BE)

Laureate of CircusNext

CircusNext 2014 (BE)

“In this sober, awe-inspiring performance that will have you on the edge of your seat, he embraces imperfection, somewhere between endearment and alarm. "

***** De Morgen

"ANECKXANDER created an extraordinary world all of its own. Brilliantly constructed its key was nevertheless a superbly measured performance from Vantournhout who’s an engaging character as well as a fine athlete. It was awkward, uncomfortable, funny, dangerous, baffling and completely compelling."

Dancing review

"ANECKXANDER, is suppressive, touching, seductive and frivolous."

HS Finland

"ANECKXANDER is provocative, ambitious and playful, all at once. It boldly walks a delicate line between comedy and catastrophe."

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