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and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.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.

Intolleranza 1960 is an opera that provides more questions than answers. Can it in fact be called an ‘opera’ at all? Or does it offer a statement of much greater importance? Does it transcend its own political content when it is staged today, as Intolleranza 2021?

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.

Grace Ellen Barkey – born in Surabaya, Indonesia – is working on a new installation/performance. 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 obscure and invites the audience to share a meditative experience.

21 September 2021
On the road again...

A new season, a new (well-filled) calendar. Needcompany can be seen all over Europe this autumn with no less than five productions; Billy's Violence, Molly Bloom, MALAM / NIGHT, the return of All the good and the opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

Some highlights on the calendar are the world premiere of MALAM / NIGHT, the new performative installation by Grace Tjang (Grace Ellen Barkey) in Berlin, the Belgian premiere of Billy's Violence in Kaaitheater, Brussels and the impressive series of Molly Bloom in MC93 in Paris.

And then we have a few surprises up our sleeve... Stay tuned!

4 March 2021

In October 2020, we launched a call for presence with MILLL'S BEAUTY REALITY SALON. With a grant of EUR 10000, we wanted to enable artists to create timelessly and develop their artistic practice in a non-result-oriented way.

We received more than 200 applications from all over the world. Making a choice was not easy and we would like to explicitly thank all artists for generously sharing their ideas and motivations.

Today we are delighted to announce the two laureates of the first edition of MILL'S BEAUTY REALITY SALON.

28 December 2020
Online premiere Goldberg Variations

A contemporary interpretation of the famous Goldberg Variations (J.S. Bach) by George van Dam and Simon Lenski was initially set to premiere on the Day of Dance 2020 and Needcompany's EXPLO in MILL but both performances were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Now, with the support of the activities grant of the Flemish Government, a recording of the performance was made in Monty, Antwerp on 17 December 2020.

The online premiere will take place on 29 December 2020 at 8pm on our Facebook. After that, the recording will remain available until 1 January 2021 through our website.

7 December 2020
Inside Billy's Violence

We are launching Invisible Time, a new platform on which we want to share the time of creation - the invisible time before the finalised performance. By doing so, we let our audience take an inside look into the substance of a performance and a dive into the world surrounding it.

Billy’s Violence is the ideal performance for the first iteration of Invisible Time. It embodies the spirit of Needcompany with a European cast, a nice stage design and a historical angle of approach. This gives a good breeding ground for creative, compelling content.

It will be updated periodically with new content.

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