Alexander Vantournhout &Bauke Lievens

A forced duet

In Raphaël, two bodies meet. One is active, the other seemingly dead. Together, they dance a forced duet. A shaky dance in which one tries to manipulates the other into an ideal sparring partner, a dummy, or a dead thing. Along the way they explore the elusive boundaries between intimacy and perversity. Raphaël is both a quest for subtle nuances in what appears to be a clear divide and a portrait of the mutual longing that binds us.

Dancing with a living corpse
— Wouter Hillaert
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By: Alexander Vantournhout  & Bauke Lievens
With: Raphaël Billet, Alexander Vantournhout
Dramaturgic advice: Dries Douibi
Artistic consultant: Tuur van Baelen, Jan Steen
Choreographic advice: Femke Gyselinck, Lili M. Rampre, Anneleen Keppens, Esse Vanderbruggen
Light desing: Bert Van Dijck
Staging: Rinus Samyn
Costumes: Anne Vereecke
Photos: Stine Sampers, Bert Van Mele, Bart Grietens
Graphic design: Ferre S. Marnef

Coproductions: Kc NOna (Mechelen, BE), PERPLX vzw (Marke, BE), Theater aan zee (Oostende,BE), Subsistances (Lyon, FR), La Brèche (Cherbourg, FR), Malpertuis (Tielt, BE)

Workplaces: STUK (Leuven, BE), Kc NOna (Mechelen, BE), Campo (Gent, BE), Pianofabriek (Brussels, BE), Theater Malpertuis (Tielt, BE), De Grote Post (Oostende, BE), Circuscentrum (Gent, BE), La Brèche Pôle National des Arts du Cirque (Cherbourg, FR), Subsistances (Lyon, FR)

With the support of: Province of West-Vlaanderen, Flemish Government, City of Roeselare

Thanks to: tg Stan

Collaboration with Bauke Lievens in the framework of the research project Between being and imagining: towards a methodology for artistic research in contemporary circus, financed by the research fund of HoGent/KASK School of Arts, Ghent (BE). 

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