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By tradition, Needlapb offers an insight into future Needcompany projects.


In order to shed some light on the working processes, Needcompany puts on an annual presentation called Needlapb. There is a clear difference between the performances and the Needlapbs. In the performances the dramaturgical research that takes place during rehearsals congeals into a form that is as transparent as possible and ready for communication to the audience. Needlapb, on the other hand, is the uncongealed core of Needcompany, the place where the working process is fluid and dynamic and has not yet acquired a definite form.

A Needlapb is an open thinking space with unlimited freedom. A unique opportunity to take a look at the working process.

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“This ensemble approaches its work with the same precision with which it mixed the cocktails in the interval, and that is also why this work is still so refreshing, even after 25 years.”

January 2014, Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


“This Needcompany evening was everything at the same time: performance, reflection on art, interaction with the audience and even a happening, an unforgettable event.”

September 2014, Die Presse

Needlapb 1
Beursschouwburg, Brussels
21, 22 April 1999
Needlapb 2
Brigittinenkapel, Brussels
27, 28, 29 June 2001
Needlapb 3
STUK, Leuven
13, 14 November 2002
Needlapb 4
Kaaitheaterstudio’s, Brussels
27 June 2003
Needlapb 5
Vooruit, Ghent
10 February 2004
Needlapb 6
Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
6, 7, 8 April 2004
Needlapb 7
Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse
24 April 2004
Needlapb 8
Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg
3 June 2004
Needlapb 9
TorinoDanza, Torino
20 February 2005
Needlapb 10
Festival d’Avignon, Avignon
18, 19, 20 July 2005
Needlapb 11
Kaaitheaterstudio’s, Brussels
12 October 2005
Needlapb 12
La Filature, Mulhouse
4 April 2006
Needlapb 13
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
25 May 2006
Needlapb 14
Kaaitheaterstudio's, Brussels
10 May 2008
Needlapb 15
STUK, Leuven
20 May 2009
Needlapb 16
Akademietheater, Vienna
8, 9 September 2009
Needlapb 17
Kaaitheaterstudio's, Brussels
22, 23 December 2010
Needlapb 18
Akademietheater (Burgtheater), Vienna
16 January 2012
Needlapb 19
Kaaitheater, Brussels
23 June 2012
Needlapb 20
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt
17 and 18 January 2014
Needlapb 21
Humain trop humain, CDN Montpellier
26 November 2014
Needlapb 22
Kaaitheater, Brussels
16 December 2014
Needlapb 23
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt
8 October 2016