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.

In Probabilities of Independent Events, Barkey returns to absurdity. Anything is possible. It can’t fail.

The Band Facing the Wrong Way ignores the wall of the theatre against which it is bellowing. It sings past the wall. Or else it gets through it. Or else the wall moves aside. Or not, and everyone and everything crashes into it. What counts is the effort it takes.

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

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

15 November 2019
December Dance 19

Needcompany is curating December Dance 19, the annual Bruges contemporary dance festival from Concertgebouw Brugge and Cultuurcentrum Brugge. Grace Ellen Barkey, Jan Lauwers and Maarten Seghers have made an idiosyncratic selection spanning continents, genres and generations.

Needcompany will be opening and closing the festival with premieres, and in between has selected works by both established and new icons of contemporary dance, performance and music: William Forsythe, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, MaisonDahlBonnema, Sung-Im Her, Dana Michel, Miet Warlop, Wim Vandekeybus, United Cowboys, Mohamed Toukabri, Simon Lenski, George van Dam and Fouad Boussouf. The friends of Cinemaximiliaan contribute an atmospheric combination of film concert and family feast.

24 September 2019
Jan Grosfeld 1956-2019

It is with great sadness Needcompany says goodbye to visual artist and independent curator Jan Grosfeld (°1956). He has been a member of the board of directors for 20 years, a dear friend to Grace and Jan and a mentor to many. The funeral will take place on Thursday September 26th (12:00) at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

7 March 2019
Needlapb @ Day of Dance

Especially for Day of Dance on Saturday April 27th Needcompany offers an insight into the future production All the good.

Needlapb is an open thinking space with unlimited freedom. A unique opportunity to take a look at the working process of the company. Needlapb is the uncongealed core of Needcompany, the place where the working process is fluid and dynamic and has not yet acquired a definite form.

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14 January 2019
Grace Ellen Barkey @ Witte de With

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, the director of Witte de With, and Samuel Saelemakers, its curator, have invited Grace Ellen Barkey to add visual and performative content to 'An exhibition with an audio script by Sarah Demeuse and Wendy Tronrud, as well as a soundtrack by Mario García Torres in collaboration with Sol Oosel' (the current exhibition) in February.

Barkey will occupy the third floor, with several installations that invite the viewer to become part of her sense-oriented work. Her installations form a study of the transposition from a space to a narrowness. She has been collecting, photographing and filming flowers, leaves and other flora from her town garden and immediate surroundings. This provides a claustrophobic look at the notion that people are mortal while nature is eternal. Beauty is only appealing when it is transient. Only then does it acquire a history.

The exhibition at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam is on from 27 January to 5 May. The interventions by Grace Ellen Barkey will take place on 9 and 10 February.

Tour dates

February 2020
08 FebAll the Good
 Reims FR  Comédie, Centre dramatique national de Reims
09 FebAll the Good
 Reims FR  Comédie, Centre dramatique national de Reims
18 FebConcert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
 Vienna AT  Le Studio
29 FebConcert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
 Rijeka HR  Rijeka 2020
March 2020
03 MarAll the Good
 Rijeka HR  Rijeka 2020
04 MarAll the Good
 Rijeka HR  Rijeka 2020
 Rijeka HR  Rijeka 2020
April 2020
01 AprAll the Good
 Antwerp BE  Toneelhuis
02 AprAll the Good
 Antwerp BE  Toneelhuis
03 AprAll the Good
 Antwerp BE  Toneelhuis
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