Teaser Screws

Usually, a bowling ball has only one function: to knock over as many pins as possible at the end of the lane. But what if you remove this object from its usual environment? Screws turns the relationship between the body and the object around. Objects are fastened to the body, either providing support or throwing it off balance, allowing gravity to be overcome or rather enhancing its effects. With the help of ice shoes, bowling balls, antigravity shoes and other objects, the dancers of Screws defy the laws of physics.

Together with five dancer-acrobats, Vantournhout guides you along a route of reverberating micro performances, from short solos and duets to pointed group choreographies. This site-specific performance invites you out of your seat and guides you on a parcours through a particular building. You can walk around, allowing yourself to be guided, choosing the angles from which you want to perceive each miniature composition

Following up on Red Haired Men, for his sixth performance, Alexander Vantournhout continues with a group choreography. He creates and performs the work with dancer Emmi Väisänen and the four dance-acrobats of Familiar Faces (Josse De Broeck, Petra Steindl, Hendrik Van Maele, and Felix Zech). Trained in both contemporary dance (P.A.R.T.S.) and Circus (ESAC), Vantournhout makes a next step in his quest for the creative, kinetic potential of physical limitations and the relationships and boundaries between performer and object.

Coproducers: Kunstencentrum Vooruit Ghent (BE), PERPLX Marke (BE), MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (FR), Circa Auch (FR)
Alexander Vantournhout is with Screws artiste associé in 2020 in “Monuments en mouvement”, dance- and circus program from Centre des Monuments Nationaux in France.

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Alexander Vantournhout
  • Genre: Dance / Circus
  • World premiere: 28 May '19 Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales (Paris)
  • Direction: Alexander Vantournhout
  • Creation & performance: Created by: Petra Steindl, Josse De Broeck, Felix Zech, Hendrik van Maele, Emmi Väisänen & Alexander Vantournhout | Execution by: Charlotte Cétaire, Axel Guérin, Yassine Ouaamou, Nick Robaey & Esse Vanderbruggen

Best company 2018-2019

Filip Tielens in De Theaterkrant

Best production

Het Theaterfestival 2020 (BE)

"Screws is more than circus. Screws is more than dance. It is something that surpasses both."

Danser Canal

"Screws, an ode to physical intelligence”


“Fans of bowling know that the ball can weigh up to seven kilograms. So Alexander Vantournhout thought: “The perfect dancing partner!” In Screws, he dances a duet with a bowling ball – which he holds in front of him with his arms outstretched – and has choreographed a love-dance in icehoes. Strike!”

Knack Focus

"The risk-taking magnifies each of SCREWS XL's performances, and for those who know Alexander Vantournhout's work, it never ceases to amaze."

Pzazz about Screws XL


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

Screws XL

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13-09-2024 - 14-09-2024 not standing Screws Hasselt (BE) CC Hasselt