In Jan Lauwers’ setting for 'L’incoronazione di Poppea' at the Salzburg Festival, the gods do penance like cripples and the protagonists literally walk on the bodies of their sins, their deeds, their killing. The obsession with power, intrigue, cruelty, violence and manipulation triumphs on a background full of Baroque beauty.

Following the success of Isabella’s room (2004), which looked at Lauwers’ family history, he is now exploring the history of Hertmans’ family, somewhere between art and war, and in the midst of the Flemish struggle.

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

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

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.

1 May 2018
Cured by Needcompany @ Malta Festival Poznan

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.

28 February 2018
Viviane De Muynck receives the prize for General Cultural Achievement

On 27 February 2018, Sven Gatz, the Minister of Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels, presented the Ultimas 2017, the Flemish Culture Awards. The Ultimas provide a look back at the numerous efforts and achievements in the cultural sector during the past year. This year, the prize for General Cultural Achievement goes to Viviane De Muynck. Viviane is currently touring in, among other things, War and Turpentine.

13 September 2017

On Friday 22 September the doors at MILL will once again be swinging open for CINEMAXIMILIAAN @ MILL’S HOME CINEMA EVENING. Cinemaximiliaan (a pop-up cinema for and with newcomers) will show a selection of short films.

After the interval, the programme continues with Goldfish Game. This is a chance to see Jan Lauwers’ first full-length film once again. At the 2004 Slamdance Film Festival (USA) it won the ‘Grand Jury Honor for Best Ensemble Cast’.

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.

Tour dates

August 2018
18 AugL’Incoronazione di PoppeaSalzburg
20 AugL’Incoronazione di PoppeaSalzburg
22 AugL’Incoronazione di PoppeaSalzburg
28 AugL’Incoronazione di PoppeaSalzburg
September 2018
14 SepWar and turpentineDresden
15 SepWar and turpentineDresden
19 SepIsabella's roomNamur
20 SepIsabella's roomNamur
21 SepIsabella's roomNamur
26 SepIsabella's roomNantes
Tour dates

August 2018
18 AugL’Incoronazione di Poppea
20 AugL’Incoronazione di Poppea
22 AugL’Incoronazione di Poppea
28 AugL’Incoronazione di Poppea
September 2018
14 SepWar and turpentine
15 SepWar and turpentine
19 SepIsabella's room
20 SepIsabella's room
21 SepIsabella's room
26 SepIsabella's room
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