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Snakearms by Alexander Vantournhout / not standing

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 presents



by Alexander Vantournhout / not standing

Country: Belgium | Running Time: 19 | Language: English  | Year Of Release: 2021

About Snakearms

In a world that slowly moves away from tactility, a handshake is still one of the only physical contacts with others. Starting from this – rather formal – first body contact, Alexander Vantournhout & Emmi Väisänen remind us of the more tactile times of yesteryear and transform a simple handshake into an intricate hand, arm and limb duet. Their bodies tangle up and joints twist to an extent that the outside eye loses track of. It is impossible to know who leads and who follows.

Alexander Vantournhout
Created with and performed by
Emmi Väisänen and Alexander Vantournhout
Ben Bertrand
Movie directed by
Alexander Vantournhout and Stanislav Dobak
Stanislav Dobak
Stanislav Dobak and Ryszard Karcz
Stanislav Dobak and Jamie Lee
Sofie Durnez and Anne-Catherine kunz
Bert Van Dijck
Rinus Samyn

Company manager
Esther Maas
Production manager
Aïda Gabriels
Thanks to
Sébastien Hendrickx, Rudi Laermans, Axel Guérin

A production by not standing.
With the support of Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Schouwburg Kortrijk, Podium 19 and the Flemish Government.

Alexander Vantournhout is artist in residence of Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent, artiste associé at le CENTQUATRE Paris and Cirque-théâtre Elbeuf. Alexander is cultural ambassador of the city of Roeselare and supported by Fondation BNP Paribas for the development of his projects.

Snakearms was recorded in the historical decors of Dubosq/Denis (1920) at Schouwburg Kortrijk. The film was realised with the support of Schouwburg Kortrijk, Belgium national TV, Vooruit Arts Centre and the Flemish Government. In 2021 Snakearms was selected for the special honours of het TheaterFestival, the prize for the most outstanding Belgian performances.

“Snakearms as a film registration adds its own narrative to the staged version, through an intelligent use of sound as well as editing, focus and camera angle. At first, the camera clings to the hands, but then recedes further and further into the audience. You then see the entire stage, with its antique painted perspective backdrop of a forest. What the camera shows above all is that this backdrop and the stage frame together create the illusion of another world, an unspoilt forest landscape.”
— jury het TheaterFestival 2021

“Subtle image manipulation and montage broaden the meaning of the two dancers’ exercises considerably. They focus the attention on something that has been forgotten in a society obsessed with identity and sex: that there is still such a thing as an original pleasure in the playful exploration of physical contact.”
— pzazz

““In just a few years Vantournhout has developed a unique choreographic language that draws on dance techniques, martial arts, circus, yoga, anatomy and the animal world.”
— De Standaard

About Alexander Vantournhout / not standing

not standing was founded by Alexander Vantournhout.
Alexander Vantournhout (°1989) is a Brussels based choreographer and performer. His movement language is marked by two constants: the search for creative and kinetic potential in physical limitations and the relationship or boundary between performer and object.
Alexander Vantournhout is artist-in-residence at the Vooruit Art Centre in Ghent and associate artist of the CENTQUATRE in Paris and the Cirque-théâtre Elbeuf.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

Watch Snakearms from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.

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