Jan Lauwers starts out from the performers’ family trees and is writing a new story based on their various nationalities, cultures and languages.

On the basis of his lifelong archives, Jan Lauwers is building a monumental installation in which he reinterprets past works and materials and confronts them with art history.

‘No one can sustain constant praise of life. Death or, rather, the finiteness of human life deserves a song or a dance too.’

A struggle between dogged rhythmicality and melodious syrup in the ritualization of the sale of truth. A truth which, like all truths, says it is the ‘real truth’, in contrast with the other truths: the amazement at almost nothing.

25 March 2017
Needcompany has moved to Molenbeek

After 23 years, Needcompany is moving from the centre of Brussels to the former Gosset tobacco factory in Gabrielle Petitstraat in Molenbeek. This multifaceted building was built by the art deco architect Adrien Blomme between the wars. The move launches a new and important stage in Needcompany’s thirty-year existence; it opens the doors to young creatives, because the aim is to make this building more broadly accessible. One example is Kuiperskaai, a collective of performers, musicians, artists and writers, which will be given a workspace.

29 March 2017
Jan Lauwers and Dirk Braeckman in Bozar

In 2013, Dirk Braeckman was invited to become part of the installation/performance ‘The House of Our Fathers’ by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany in Hannover. This resulted in a series of photos entitled ‘The House of Our Fathers, a sketchbook’, which sheds new light on this installation and performance. It is a baroque interpretation of Jan Lauwers’ work by Dirk Braeckman.

A selection of Braeckman’s photos are currently exhibited in confrontation with new work by Jan Lauwers in Bozar. A juxtaposition of the two worlds. A larger selection of works is shown in the artist book that Dirk Braeckman and Jan Lauwers are publishing together in association with MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

Upcoming dates
May 2017
31 MayThe blind poetCopenhagen
 

1 April - 25 June: SILENT STORIES at Bozar. An exhibition by Jan Lauwers. Intervention with new work by Dirk Braeckman.

June 2017
09 JunThe blind poetBrussel
10 JunThe blind poetBrussel
20 JunO Or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In OLausanne
21 JunO Or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In OLausanne
 

1 April - 25 June: SILENT STORIES at Bozar. An exhibition by Jan Lauwers. Intervention with new work by Dirk Braeckman.

July 2017
02 JulO Or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In OOostende
August 2017
08 AugThe blind poetLondon
October 2017
05 OctFOREVERAntwerpen
11 OctThe blind poetParis
12 OctThe blind poetParis
Upcoming dates
May 2017
31 MayThe blind poet
 Copenhagen
 

1 April - 25 June: SILENT STORIES at Bozar. An exhibition by Jan Lauwers. Intervention with new work by Dirk Braeckman.

June 2017
09 JunThe blind poet
 Brussel
10 JunThe blind poet
 Brussel
20 JunO Or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In O
 Lausanne
21 JunO Or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In O
 Lausanne
 

1 April - 25 June: SILENT STORIES at Bozar. An exhibition by Jan Lauwers. Intervention with new work by Dirk Braeckman.

July 2017
02 JulO Or The Challenge Of This Particular Show Was To Have Words Ending In O
 Oostende
August 2017
08 AugThe blind poet
 London
October 2017
05 OctFOREVER
 Antwerpen
11 OctThe blind poet
 Paris
12 OctThe blind poet
 Paris
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