Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke LievensANECKXANDER

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ANECKXANDER is a minimal solo for one acrobatic body, two platform boots, a pair of boxing gloves 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. The result is a raw self-portrait in which Alexander/Aneckxander simultaneously exposes himself - and his disproportions - and shies away from our curious gaze.


Created by: Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens
Performance: Alexander Vantournhout
Dramaturgy: Bauke Lievens
Dramaturgic advice: Dries Douibi, Gerald Kurdian
Outside eyes: Geert Belpaeme, Anneleen Keppens, Lore Missine, Lili M. Rampre, Methinee Wongtrakoon
Lighting design: Tim Oelbrandt
Music: Arvo Pärt
Costumes: Nefeli Myrtidi, Anne Vereecke
Photos: Bart Grietens
Première : 28,29/06/15 Perplx, Marke (BE)
Collaboration with Bauke Lievens in the framework of the research-project 'Between being and imagining: towards a methodology for artistic research in contemporary circus', financed by KASK School of Arts Ghent, Belgium

Supported by CircusNext, European scheme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission

Production: NOT STANDING
Coproducers: Subsistances - Lyon (FR), Perplx - Marke (BE), Festival novog cirkusa - Zagreb (HR)
Residencies: Vooruit - Gent (BE), Subsitances - Lyon (FR), Centro Cultural Vila Flor - Guimarães (PT), Circuscentrum, De Warande-Turnhout, Perplx - Marke (BE), Les Migrateurs - Strasbourg (FR), Subtopia - Stockholm (SE), cc De Spil-  Roeselare (BE), La Breche - Cherbourg (FR), STUK - Leuven (BE), Festival novog cirkusa - Zagreb (HR)
With the help of: Flemish Government, West Flemish Government, CircusNext

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Bauke Lievens

Bauke Lievens works as a dramaturge for circus, theatre and dance (Cie. Un loup pour l'homme, Kaori Ito/les ballets C de la B, Tibaldus en andere hoeren). She studied Performance Studies at the University of Ghent and Philosophy of Contemporary Arts at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. She is currently working on a four year research project on the methods for artistic research used in the creation of contemporary circus. She has published various articles on the topic of contemporary circus in CircusMagazine, Rekto:Verso and Courant. Bauke teaches Dramaturgy and Written Research at the Drama Department of KASK, School of Arts (Ghent, Belgium).

Alexander Vantournhout

Alexander studied at Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) in Brussels, where he specialised in single wheel and in 2010 he enrolled at P.A.R.T.S (Performing  Arts  Research and  Training Studios),  the  Brussels-based  school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Alexander has created Caprices; a choreographed circus solo, dedicated to the music of Salvatore Sciarrino; Don’t  run away, John, a  performance with Niko Hafkenscheid (musician with Meg Stuart), and has improvised with Harald Austbo (Heimat, Skagen). ANECKXANDER was selected as the laureate of Circus Next 2014 and won the 2015 KBC Young Theatre and Public prize at Theater aan zee (TAZ), Oostende (BE).

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