ATOLL Festival at ZKM – Alexander Vantournhout »Screws«
You can see two people in a skin-covering suit, which depicts a galaxy. Both people wear ice skates and stand diagonally, in the form of the letter X, together and hold each other.
As part of ATOLL Festival für zeitgenössischen Zirkus
Thu, September 22, 2022 - Fri, September 23, 2022

Do 22.09.2022   18:00 Uhr
Fr 23.09.2022   18:30 Uhr
Fr 23.09.2022   20:30 Uhr

Duration: approx. 60 min.
From the age of 12

Ticket prices (in advance): 20.80 euros each
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Duet with a bowling ball and love dance with ice skates

Normally, a bowling ball has only one function: to knock down as many pins as possible at the end of the lane. But what if you take this object out of its usual environment? Screws, the latest performance by Alexander Vantournhout, reverses the relationship between body and object. Objects are attached to the body, supporting it or unbalancing it, enabling it to overcome gravity or amplifying its effects. Using ice skates, bowling balls, antigravity shoes and other objects, the artists of Screws defy the laws of physics. Along with five dancer-acrobats, Vantournhout leads the audience on a route of reverberating micro-performances, from short solos and duets to pointed group choreography. This site-specific performance invites audience members to leave their seats and leads them on a course through the building. They can walk around, be guided, and choose the angles from which they want to perceive each miniature composition. Trained in both contemporary dance (P.A.R.T.S.) and circus (ESAC), Alexander Vantournhout and his ensemble take another step in his search for the creative, kinetic potential of physical boundaries and the relationships and boundaries between performer and object.


Choreography / Circographie: Alexander Vantournhout
Dramaturgy: Sébastien Hendrickx
Costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz
Technique: Rinus Samyn
Lighting design: Tim Oelbrandt
Technical design: Bert Van Dijck, Rinus Samyn, Tom Reynaerts, Tom Daniels
Constructor: Willy Cauwelier


Vooruit, Gent (BE), MA, Montbeliard (FR), PERPLX, Marke (BE), Circa, Auch (FR) 

With the support of the Flemish Government

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