After VanThorhout, in which Alexander Vantournhout appeared solo on stage, not standing returns with a group show featuring eight acrobat-dancers. The performers move like gears of a collective body to the tunes of experimental rock music. Together they explore quasi-impossible balances, challenge each other and defy gravity.

With the tightly orchestrated chaotic movement landscapes of Foreshadow, Alexander Vantournhout takes a new step in his exploration of the relationships between gravity, movement, balance, and spatiality. In addition to the floor, which played a prominent role in SCREWS and Through the Grapevine, the wall now also becomes a dance partner.

Concept & choreography: Alexander Vantournhout Created with and performed by: Noémi Devaux, Axel Guérin, Patryk Kłos, Nick Robaey, Josse Roger, Emmi Väisänen/Margaux Lissandre, Esse Vanderbruggen & Alexander Vantournhout (discover the cast)
Dramaturgy: Rudi Laermans & Sébastien Hendrickx
Outside eye: Julien Monty
Rehearsal director: Sandy Williams
Costumes: Patty Eggerickx, assisted by: Isabelle Airaud
Light design: Bert Van Dijck
Music: This Heat
Sound: Ruben Nachtergaele
Tour planning: Frans Brood Productions
Company management: Esther Maas
Technical coordination: Rinus Samyn & Bram Vandeghinste
Production & tourmanagement: Barbara Falter, Kiki Verschueren & Aïda Gabriëls
Production: not standing

Co-production: le CENTQUATRE, Paris (FR), Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER, Ghent (BE), Julidans, Amsterdam (NL), Biennale de la Danse, Lyon (FR), Le Maillon, Strasbourg (FR), Les Halles de Schaerbeek (BE), MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (FR), La Passerelle, scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc (FR), Theater Freiburg (DE) & Le Carreau Scène nationale de Forbach et de l'Est mosellan (FR).

Special thanks to: De Grote Post, Ostend (BE), Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et Cirque-théâtre Elbeuf (FR), Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR), Urte Groblyte, Bjorn Verlinde & Katherina Lindekens

Foreshadow is created with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, via Flanders Tax Shelter.

not standing is supported by the Flemish Government.

pictures © Bart Grietens


“The shapes created by the eight exceptional performers with their entangled bodies are fascinating and remarkably inventive.” — NRC

"Very slowly, the performers execute the most intense choreographies, relying solely on their physical strength and that of each other." — pzazz

”You can’t believe how bodies intertwine in the most impossible positions.” Theaterkrant

“Vantournhout has been inspired by ‘locomotions’ (walking like animals) since his first creation ten years ago. From the wrist joint of a gibbon (which rotates exactly like our shoulder) to the circular symmetry of an octopus, starfish, jellyfish, or sea anemone. Not by imitating the movements of the animals, as that is impossible for humans, but by incorporating them slightly differently into his movement language.”de Volkskrant