het Theater Festival

“Screws is a direct hit by Alexander Vantournhout. Because of the craftsmanship that unmistakably comes from it and the artistic ingenuity on top of that. But also simply for the almost childlike pleasure that you experience as a viewer.”


“Screws is more than circus. Screws is more than dance. It is something that surpasses both.”

Danser Canal Historique

“Screws, an ode to physical intelligence.”


“Fans of bowling know that the ball can weigh up to seven kilograms. So Alexander Vantournhout
thought: “The perfect dancing partner!” In Screws, he dances a duet with a bowling ball – which he
holds in front of him with his arms outstretched – and has choreographed a love-dance in
snowshoes. Strike!”

Knack Focus


Alexander Vantournhout / Not Standing

Usually a bowling ball has only one function: to knock over as many pins as possible at the bowling alley. But what if you remove the bowling ball from its usual environment?
Screws turns around the relationship between the body and the object in various ways. Different objects attached to the body either provide support or throw the body off balance. In this way gravity can be overcome or enhanced. With the help of ice shoes, bowling balls, anti-gravity shoes and other objects, the performers of Screws defy the laws of physics.

Together with four dancer-acrobats Vantournhout guides you as spectator along a route of reverberating short performances: from solos and duets to pointy group choreographies.
This site-specific performance invites you out of your comfortable seat and sets you in motion. Stroll around and let yourself be carried away by these exceptional miniature compositions.

choreography & circography Alexander Vantournhout | creation & performance Emmi Väisänen, Jessica Eirado Enes, Alexander Vantournhout, Axel Guérin, Alexandros Anastasiadis | dramaturgy Sébastien Hendrickx | intellectual in residence Rudi Laermans | choreographic help Anneleen Keppens & Martin Kilvady | costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz | technique Rinus Samyn | light design Tim Oelbrandt | technical design Bert Van Dijck, Rinus Samyn, Tom Reynaerts & Tom Daniels | constructor Willy Cauwelier | photos Bart Grietens | in coproduction with Vooruit (BE), MA (FR), PERPLX (BE) & Circa (FR) | residencies Vooruit (BE), Platforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie/La Brêche à Cherbourg-Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf (FR), Cultuurcentrum Brugge (BE), Wood Cube (BE), Workspacebrussels (BE), MA (FR) & Circa (FR) | thanks to Lore Missine, Veerle Mans, Bauke Lievens, Maria Madeira, Lien Vanbossele, Monuments Nationaux de France & Simon Pons-Rotbardt | with the support of Flemish Government | production NOT STANDING vzw
€18 (basic price) / €16 (65+) / €14 (-26/pro) / €10 (-18)
duration: 60 min.
language: Language No Problem


Alexander Vantournhout (°1989) studied single wheel, juggling and dance acrobatics at ESAC and contemporary dance at P.A.R.T.S. Since 2014 he creates and tours with Caprices (2014), ANECKXANDER (2015), Raphaël (2017), The Ceramic Rose (2018), Red Haired Men (2018) and Screws (2019).
Alexander’s movement language is influenced by his various trainings and work environments within different fields of the arts. In his artistic pursuit he focuses on creative forms in which he firstly investigates the kinetic potential of physical limits and secondly explores the relationship or boundary between performer and object.