Whether it be ancient gods, classical heroes, soldiers or athletes, the glorification of male power throughout history has often tended towards a celebration of war, aggression, and violence. Thor, to whom the title refers, is one of its most famous personifications of this. He can unleash a thunderstorm and lives on, to this day, as a superhero in Marvel comics and films, invariably depicted with his Mjölnir, a hammer with an incredibly short handle.
In VanThorhout, Alexander comes on stage as Thor, with his own Mjölnir. As always in Alexander’s oeuvre, the relationship between object and performer quickly becomes ambiguous. When does one lose the strength to manipulate this heavy hammer, and when does the hammer take over and become uncontrollable? What if all these images of power disintegrate?
After a series of group choreographies, Alexander Vantournhout now returns to the stage alone.
“Above all, it is the elegant gentleness in VanThorhout that distinguishes this solo from earlier work, while at the same time fluently reconciling different dance and cultural traditions into its own accessible and at times very surprising language of movement.” — #jury23
presented by Kaaitheater x Het Theaterfestival x CC De Factorij
choreography & performance Alexander Vantournhout | artistic assistent Emmi Väisänen | dramaturgy Rudi Laermans & Sébastien Hendrickx | prop design Tom De With & Willy Cauwelier | stage Willy Cauwelier | light design Bert Van Dijck | costume design Patty Eggerickx | outside eye Charlotte Cétaire, Anneleen Keppens, Esse Vanderbruggen & Sandy Williams | object manipulation outside eye Simon Janson & Sebastian Berger | thanks to Bojana Cvejić, Ben Mcewen & Tom Van der Borght | technic coordination Rinus Samyn | technique on tour Tijs Bonner & Bram Vandeghinste | company manager Esther Maas | production manager Barbara Falter & Aïda Gabriëls | Distribution: Frans Brood Productions | With the support of van la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the framework of New Settings-programma | Productie: not standing | Co-production Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Le CENTQUATRE (Parijs), Les Subsistances – SUBS (Lyon), Les 2 Pôles Nationaux des Arts du Cirque normands — La Brèche (Cherbourg) & le Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf, 3 bis f - centre d'arts contemporains (Aix-en-Provence) | Alexander Vantournhout is a resident at Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, an artiste associé at CENTQUATRE Parijs & Cirque-théâtre Elbeuf and a cultural ambassador of the city Roeselare. Alexander Vantournhout is funded by Fondation BNP Paribas for the development of his projects | supported by The Flemish Governement
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Presented by Kaaitheater x Het Theaterfestival x CC De Factorij