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.

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

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.

This bleak and glimmering allegory about love and death was the last play the legendary filmmaker John Cassavetes wrote before his death.

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.

24 September 2018
25 & 26.10 EXPLO I @ MILL

In 2017 Needcompany moved to the former Gosset tobacco factory in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. MILL, this house of many rooms, signaled the start of a new phase in the company’s thirty-year history.

On 25 and 26 October 2018, MILL will be open to all during EXPLO I, a two-day event packed with performances, exhibitions and films. Check out the exclusive programme.

In parallel with EXPLO I, an exhibition of visual work by Jan Lauwers will be opening at the Kusseneers Gallery.

10 September 2018
Hamlet

For this Hamlet, Lisaboa Houbrechts asked the actress Grace Ellen Barkey to play the part of the combative Gertrude. She will make her first appearance in a Kuiperskaai production together with her son Victor Lauwers as Prince Hamlet and her daughter Romy Louise Lauwers as Ophelia. Needcompany is the co-producer.

Hamlet is being produced as part of the P.U.L.S. initiative set up by Toneelhuis to enable talented young theatre-makers to develop towards the larger stage at their own tempo. Several internationally renowned theatre-makers are keeping their eye on their work as discussion partners, including Jan Lauwers.

The premiere is at Toneelhuis on 22 September. It will then tour Belgium, the Netherlands and France. You will find more info and a complete list of performances at Toneelhuis.be

1 May 2018
Malta Festival Poznan

The renowned Malta Festival in the Polish city of PoznaƄ has invited Needcompany to be its curator in 2018. 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
Prize Cultural Achievement to Viviane De Muynck

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.

Tour dates

October 2018
25 OctConcert by a Band Facing the Wrong WayBrussel
26 OctConcert by a Band Facing the Wrong WayBrussel
November 2018
05 NovWar and turpentineRoeselare
08 NovWar and turpentineBrugge
10 NovWar and turpentineStrombeek
15 NovWar and turpentineMons
22 NovWar and turpentineGent
23 NovWar and turpentineGent
24 NovWar and turpentineGent
December 2018
01 DecWar and turpentineAalst
Tour dates

October 2018
25 OctConcert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
 Brussel
26 OctConcert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way
 Brussel
November 2018
05 NovWar and turpentine
 Roeselare
08 NovWar and turpentine
 Brugge
10 NovWar and turpentine
 Strombeek
15 NovWar and turpentine
 Mons
22 NovWar and turpentine
 Gent
23 NovWar and turpentine
 Gent
24 NovWar and turpentine
 Gent
December 2018
01 DecWar and turpentine
 Aalst
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