VanThorhout

Teaser

VanThorhout forms an energetic and precise dissection of male power and the cultural imagery surrounding it.

Whether it be ancient gods, classical heroes, soldiers or athletes, the glorification of male power throughout history has often tended towards a celebration of war, aggression, and violence. Thor, to whom the title refers, is one of its most famous personifications of this. He can unleash a thunderstorm and lives on to this day as a superhero in Marvel comics and films, invariably depicted with his Mjölnir, a hammer with an incredibly short handle. At a time when stereotypical forms of masculinity are strongly being challenged, how can we generate new images of men?

In VanThorhout, Alexander comes on stage as Thor, with his own Mjölnir. As always in Alexander’s oeuvre, the relationship between object and performer quickly becomes ambiguous. When do you lose the strength to manipulate this heavy hammer, and when does the hammer take over and become uncontrollable? What if all these images of power disintegrate?

After a series of group choreographies, Alexander Vantournhout now returns to the stage alone.

VanThorhout is created with the support of la Fondation Hermès within the context of the New Settings programme.

Coproduction: Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Le CENTQUATRE (Paris), Les Subsistances – SUBS (Lyon), Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche (Cherbourg) & le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, 3 bis f – centre d’arts contemporains (Aix-en-Provence)

Technical rider
Technical rider

not standing

Alexander Vantournhout
  • Genre: Dance
  • World premiere: 10 October 2022 (Paris)
  • Coproduction: Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Le CENTQUATRE (Parijs), Les Subsistances – SUBS (Lyon), Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche (Cherbourg) & le Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf, 3 bis f - centre d'arts contemporains (Aix-en-Provence)

"Alexander Vantournhout presented a fascinating preview of VanThorhout, his new solo in which he spins around his axis with a hammer on a bendable stick and a mast with a white flag - war and peace in one performance."

De Standaard (preview June 2022)

Calendar


Date Group Production Location Organizer
11-06-2022 - 14-06-2022 not standing VanThorhout Terschelling (NL) Oerol

preview

26-08-2022 - 28-08-2022 not standing VanThorhout Gent (BE) VIERNULVIER

preview – i.s.m. Bijloke Wonderland & LaGeste

17-09-2022 - 17-09-2022 not standing VanThorhout Turnhout (BE) De Warande

preview – Plein de Cirque

10-10-2022 - 11-10-2022 not standing VanThorhout Paris (FR) Théâtre de la Cité Internationale

Première mondiale
Avec la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès dans le cadre de son programme New Settings

13-10-2022 - 15-10-2022 not standing VanThorhout Paris (FR) Théâtre de la Cité Internationale

Avec la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès dans le cadre de son programme New Settings

15-11-2022 - 16-11-2022 not standing VanThorhout Mechelen (BE) Kunstencentrum Nona

Belgische première
i.s.m. Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

19-11-2022 - 21-10-2022 not standing VanThorhout Paris (FR) Le Centquatre-Paris
24-11-2022 - 24-11-2022 not standing VanThorhout Elbeuf (FR) Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf – Pôle national des arts du cirque de Haute-Normandie
01-12-2022 - 02-12-2022 not standing VanThorhout Chalons-en-Champagne (FR) Le Palc