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Kharms, absurd, fake twins
On the thresholds between dance, acrobatics, circus and theater, Red Haired Men creates a universe in which people appear and disappear, and where wonder and humor are never without risk.
With Red Haired Men, Alexander Vantournhout began from the work of the Russian writer Daniil Kharms (1905-1942). Charms wrote his short, estranging and funny texts in the dark times of Stalin's purges. Uncomfortable physicality and movements, nonsense, and the materiality of language are typical ‘Kharmsian’ characteristics. Vantournhout, along with three other performers, translates these onto the stage, where choreography is combined with circus and magic. Charms himself was interested in the mingling of forms that were considered high art with those looked down upon as merely entertainment.
There was a red-haired man who had no eyes or ears. He didn't have hair either, so he was called red-haired arbitrarily.
He couldn't talk because he had no mouth. He didn't have a nose either.
He didn't even have arms or legs. He had no stomach, he had no back, no spine and he didn’t have any insides at all. There was nothing! So, we don't even know who we are talking about.
We’d better not talk about him any more.
Following from his previous work: the solos Caprices (2014) and ANECKXANDER (2015), and the duet Raphaël (2017), Red Haired Men is Alexander Vantournhout's first group choreography. It forms the next step in the development of a distinctive and idiosyncratic dance-acrobatic vocabulary.
Choreography and concept: Alexander Vantournhout
Creation and performance: Winston Reynolds, Axel Guérin, Ruben Mardulier/Antoni Androulakis, Alexander Vantournhout
Dramaturg: Kristof van Baarle
Choreographical eye: Anneleen Keppens
Theatre coach: Jan Steen
Outside eyes: Lili M. Rampre, Esse Vanderbruggen
Magical advice: Tim Oelbrandt
Construction: Willy Cauwelier
Technique: Rinus Samyn/ Bram Vandeghinste
Company manager: Esther Maas
Photos: Bart Grietens
Contact & touring: www.fransbrood.com
Avant-première: Actoral, Marseille (FR) 6-7/10/2018
International Première: 11-13/10/2018 CIRQUE-THÉÂTRE, ELBEUF (FR)
Belgian Première: 25-26/10/2018 Vooruit, Gent (BE)
Coproduction: Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche, Cherbourg and Cirque-Théâtre, Elbeuf (FR), Vooruit-Gent (BE), PERPLX, Marke (BE), Subsistances, Lyon (FR), Le Manège, Reims (FR)
Residencies: Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf (FR), Vooruit, Gent (BE), STUK-Leuven (BE), Bateau Feu, Dunkerque (FR), Theater op de Markt, Neerpelt (BE), Subsistances, Lyon (FR), P.A.R.T.S, Brussels (BE), Circuscentrum, Gent ( BE), De Warande, Turnhout (BE), Circa, Auch (FR), Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (DE), Le Manège, Reims (FR), De Grote Post, Oostende (BE), Kaap, Brugge-Oostende (BE), Actoral, Marseille (FR), Wood Cube, Roeselare (BE)
With the support of: Flemish Government, City Roeselare
Production: NOT STANDING asbl /adresse: Beversesteenweg 78, 8800 Roeselare (BE),/ N. off entreprise: 0849019917
Thanks to: STAD Roeselare, Gili (Lieven Gheysen), Dirk van Boxelaere
Alexander Vantournhout is residency-artist at Vooruit, Gent (BE) for the period 2017-2021, and associated artist at PERPLX, Marke (BE). From 2016-2018, Alexander is cultural ambassador of the city Roeselare (BE).
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