The renowned Malta Festival in the Polish city of Poznań has invited Needcompany to be its curator in 2018. For this year's festival, which propagates the idiom a Leap of Faith, Needcompany, as well as presenting a selection of its own work, has been asked to invite about 10 international artists to make a fearless leap in the dark. Poland's right-wing nationalist government cut the budget so drastically that the festival had its back to the wall. Michal Merczyński, the festival's director, asked Needcompany to give some meaning to the project in spite of everything.
The reduced programme, entitled Cured by Needcompany, includes Maarten Seghers' new production Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way, Lemm&Barkey's FOREVER, the English version of War and Turpentine, The Moon by MaisonDahlBonnema, 1095 by Kuiperskaai and Another One by Lobke Leirens and Maxim Storms. The festivities will be attended by Sven Gatz, the Minister of Culture.