May 4 and May 5, 18:00 | Arts Printing House (Pocket Hall)

Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens (Belgium)

A tragic autobiography of the body (Dance/Circus)

Age: 15+

By: Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens

Premiere: 2015

Duration: 60 min.

”Aneckxander” is a solo in a minimal setting for one acrobatic body, a handful of carefully selected objects 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: from subject to object to matter. The result is a raw self-portrait in which the body both exposes itself to and tries to escape from the prying eyes of those looking at it.

Alexander Vantournhout (Roeselare, 1989) studied contemporary dance at ”P.A.R.T.S.” (Performing Arts and Research Studios, Brussels) and single wheel at ”ESAC” (Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque, Brussels). He has worked with Rolf Alme (NO), founder of the Norwegian Theater Academy, Fredrickstadt (NO), as an actor and, in addition to focusing on his own work, Alexander also lectures at ”ESAC” and ”ACAPA” (Academy for Circus and Performance Art, Tilburg, NL). He has created a number of solos including ”Caprices” (2014), an evening filled with a choreographic solo and homage to the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, and ”Don’t run away, John” (2012), a performance with Niko Hafkenscheid (musician Meg Stuart, Kopergietery). In 2014 Alexander joined forces with Harald Austbo (Heimat, Skagen) to further develop his interest in improvisation. Their most recent collaboration is called ”WAK” (2014).

Bauke Lievens (Ghent, 1985) works as a dramaturg for various circus, dance and theatre companies. In the past she has worked with ”Cie Un loup pour l’homme” (FR), ”Kaori Ito/les ballets C de la B” (JAP/BE) and the young ”Ghent” theatre collective Tibaldus en andere hoeren, among others. She studied Theatre Sciences at UGent and Philosophy of Contemporary Art at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ES). Bauke is a lecturer and researcher with the Drama department of KASK School of Arts (Ghent). She’s currently working on a four-year research project at KASK School of Arts investigating the methods for artistic research into the creation of contemporary circus performances. Bauke recently joined the new editorial board of ”Etcetera”.

More information: www.newbalticdance.lt/en