Haunted by the night and inspired both by her ancestors and the Javanese theatre of shadows wayang, Grace Ellen Barkey, who was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, enters into a dialogue with the obscure and searches for forms of re-imagination in her installative performance MALAM / NIGHT.

A magnificent monologue based on Joyce's Ulysess that, in these #MeToo times, reinforces the need for equality for women. After first being voiced by Viviane De Muynck, the Needcompany production now also has a Spanish version starring the Chilean star Gaby Hernández, in cooperation with Santiago A Mil International Festival.

For Billy's Violence, Victor Afung Lauwers researched the ten tragedies of Shakespeare and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.

Molly Bloom presents the inner monologue of the unfaithful wife of Leopold Bloom. A new creation by Viviane De Muynck and Jan Lauwers, based on the final chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

All the good tells a story about loss and hope. A love story at a time in which Europe is sacrificing its values and a large group of people are succumbing to hate and incomprehension.

7 January 2022

After a successful first year, MILL'S BEAUTY REALITY SALON is back in 2022. MBRS is a fellowship developed by and within Needcompany. It was born out of a desire to continue the multidisciplinary artistic quest that Needcompany started 30 years ago. With this € 10 000 initiative, we want to give artists the opportunity to think and create in a timeless and non-result-oriented way. Our goal is to establish new, sustainable connections.

For MILL'S REALITY SALON we are inviting artists who have never before worked with Needcompany. The call has been launched and is open to all nationalities and ages with an extra focus on artists with a link to Brussels. Deadline = 15 February!

23 December 2021
Music of Billy's Violence available online

In July 2021, Billy's Violence, a radical adaptation of the tragedies of Shakespeare by Victor Afung Lauwers, directed by Jan Lauwers, premiered at Festival Grec in Barcelona. Maarten Seghers composed the original music which gives the performance extra layers, resonance and intensity.

From now on, the music is available on all major streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer etc) and digital shops. A physical release on vinyl was already released in July. The limited, carefully crafted release is available via Needcompany's Bandcamp. Those who would like to buy the digital release can also visit our Bandcamp.

11 October 2021

13 artists during 11 days with 4 premieres, 3 performances and all at 1 address: MILL and curators Victor Afung Lauwers and Oscar van der Put present Xenia or the virtue of hospitality, an XL version of the annual EXPLO.

After a long period of remoteness and caution, it is time to open the doors and let hospitality rule. That is exactly what Xenia wants to achieve. Besides presenting the work of a varied group of artists from Belgium and abroad, this EXPLO wants above all to be a place of encounter. Between artists, between friends, between old acquaintances and new faces. Between people. Welcome!

27 September 2021
Worldpremiere MALAM / NIGHT

On 7 October 2021 Grace Tjang (Grace Ellen Barkey) presents MALAM / NIGHT, a new performative installation at 'The Sun Machine Is Coming Down' in Berlin. Obsessed with the night, tormented by insomnia and inspired by Wayang - the Javanese shadow play - and her ancestors, she enters into a dialogue with the dark and invites the audience to share a meditative experience.

'The Sun Machine Is Coming Down' is a multidisciplinary festival organised by Berliner Festspiele. From 7 to 17 October, the International Congress Centre (ICC) - a disused architectural icon - will be brought to life with performances, installations, films and music.

Tour dates

February 2022
01 FebBilly's ViolenceThéâtre des Salins (Martigues FR) Premiere
10 FebBilly's ViolenceCC Brugge (Bruges BE)
11 FebBilly's ViolenceCC Brugge (Bruges BE)
March 2022
13 MarBilly's ViolenceTeatro Calderón (Valladolid ES)
18 MarBilly's ViolenceNTGent (Ghent BE)
19 MarBilly's ViolenceNTGent (Ghent BE)
April 2022
05 AprMolly BloomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR)
06 AprMolly BloomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR)
07 AprMolly BloomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR)
15 AprAll the GoodOsterfestival Tirol (Innsbruck AT)
Tour dates

February 2022
01 FebBilly's Violence
 Martigues FR  Théâtre des Salins Premiere
10 FebBilly's Violence
 Bruges BE  CC Brugge
11 FebBilly's Violence
 Bruges BE  CC Brugge
March 2022
13 MarBilly's Violence
 Valladolid ES  Teatro Calderón
18 MarBilly's Violence
 Ghent BE  NTGent
19 MarBilly's Violence
 Ghent BE  NTGent
April 2022
05 AprMolly Bloom
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature
06 AprMolly Bloom
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature
07 AprMolly Bloom
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature
15 AprAll the Good
 Innsbruck AT  Osterfestival Tirol
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