13.2. – 20:00
14.2. – 18:00
Divadlo Ponec

Price: 350,- basic/ 280,- student/senior/ZTP

Alexander Vantournhout is back to Cirkopolis after successful raw self-portrait ANECKXANDER. With Red Haired Men, Alexander Vantournhout began with 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. 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.

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.

(Daniil Charms)

Recommended age: 12+
Choreography and concept: Alexander Vantournhout
Creation and performance: Ruben Mardulier/Antoni Androulakis, Winston Reynolds, Axel Guerin, Alexander Vantournhout
Dramaturg: Kristof van Baarle
Choreographical eye: Anneleen Keppens
Theatre coach: Jan Steen
Outside eyes: Geert Belpaeme, Lili M. Rampre
Magical advice: Tim Oelbrandt
Construction: Willy Cauwelier
Technique: Rinus Samyn/ Bram Vandeghinste
Company manager: Esther Maas
Photos: Bart Grietens
Contact and touring:
Avant-première: Actoral, Marseille (FR) 6-7/10/2018
International Première: 11-12/10/2018 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
Thanks to: STAD Roeselare, Gili (Lieven Gheysen), Dirk van Boxelaere