Red Haired Men
Alexander Vantournhout’s work seeks physical extremes on the cutting edge of dance and circus. Among the light, humorous virtuosity he exhibits, there is often a dark side: a man’s tragic quest to transcend himself. Red Haired Men was inspired by the writings of Russian absurdist author Daniil Kharms. Suffering under the Soviet authorities, this anarchist spirit concealed his critique of the totalitarian regime in seemingly innocent children’s stories in which characters invariably disappear, and all logic is lost. In an ambiguous Gesamtkunstwerk, four performers interweave short text fragments from Kharms with dance and ‘pratiques minoritaires’: circus, contortionism, puppet theatre, magic, and ventriloquism. Using prostheses, they manipulate their bodies into bizarre and stunning new forms. Are they only doomed to failure?
concept and choreography Alexander Vantournhout with Ruben Mardulier, Winston Reynolds, Axel Guerin and Alexander Vantournhout