Red Haired Men

Alexander Vantournhout

Recommended age: 12+

Choreography and concept

Alexander Vantournhout


Creation and performance

Winston Reynolds, Axel Guérin, Ruben Mardulier/Antoni Androulakis, Alexander Vantournhout



Kristof van Baarle


Choreographical eye

Anneleen Keppens


Theatre coach

Jan Steen


Outside eyes

Lili M. Rampre, Esse Vanderbruggen


Magical advice

Tim Oelbrand

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)


Cirkopolis 2020

The festival focuses on the contemporary circus with elements of dance, physical and visual theater and genres of the contemporary music scene. Every year the festival hosts several interesting and progressive foreign groups, workshops with lecturers and other accompanying program. Cirkopolis is organized by CIRQUEON and Palác Akropolis.


Program in PONEC - the dance venue:

13. 2. 20:00 Alexander Vantournhout – Red Haired Men 
14. 2. 18:00 Alexander Vantournhout – Red Haired Men



Price: 350/280

Tickets can be purchased through GoOut or online at the festival website. Tickets will also be available on the day of the performance at the venue.


( photo: Bart Grietens)
( photo: Bart Grietens)
( photo: Bart Grietens)
( photo: Bart Grietens)
( photo: Bart Grietens)