(Working title: Inschrift/Inscription)

When people or animals move along a loose surface of sand or soil, they leave traces. These prints made by feet or paws ‘describe’ what’s underfoot and remind us of the original meaning of the word choreography: ‘to write with movement’.

Contre-jour is set on a stretch of sand. Five female performers walk, run, hop, move like cats on hands and feet to create a diversity of ‘im-pressions’ – only to erase them to make way for new symbols, new choreography. But also to vanish, because leaving traces can be dangerous: you might be entering someone’s property illegally or trying to pass a border unseen.

In Contre-jour, the movements leave impressions, in the loose sand but also in the spectator’s memory. Five bodies pass by through the desolate landscape, as if it were a film. Five individuals helping one another as a group / collective movements / space for solos and duets. In dance and live singing. Solace and resistance reverberate through the interplay of togetherness and solitude.

Contre-jour is the latest performance by not standing, the company led by Alexander Vantournhout, where every creation originates from fundamental movement study After the duet Through the Grapevine (2020), and the site specific project SCREWS (2019), selected for THEATERFESTIVAL 2020, Alexander Vantournhout now – for the first time – chooses to fully embrace the role of choreographer and gives the stage to a cast of five female performers with diverse backgrounds in dance, musical, circus and more.

World premiere: 2 November 2021 – CENTQUATRE Paris
Coproduction: Kunstencentrum Voo?uit Ghent (BE), Theater op de Markt Neerpelt (BE), CENTQUATRE-Paris (FR), Cirque-Théâtre Elbeuf (FR), Charleroi danse centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles (FR), Lithuanian Dance Information Center (LT), Theater Freiburg (DE), Peeping Tom (BE) and others tbc

Alexander Vantournhout & Emmi Väisänen about Contre-jour (previously Inschrift/Inscription)
Alexander Vantournhout about Screws, Through the Grapevine and Contre-jour

not standing

Alexander Vantournhout
  • Genre: Dance
  • World premiere: 3 November 2021 (Paris)
  • Direction: Alexander Vantournhout
  • Creation & performance: Philomène Authelet, Tina Breiova, Noémi Devaux, Aymara Parola & Ariadna Girones Mata


Date Group Production Location Organizer
03-11-2021 - 06-11-2021 not standing Contre-jour Paris (FR) Le Centquatre-Paris

world premiere