On 3 and 4 July, at MILL, Needcompany’s laboratory, we will be presenting a durational performance of 2 x 8 hours: The House of Our Fathers / Mothers of Inventions, a reimagining of a durational installation conceived by Jan Lauwers and Needcompany more than 10 years ago. Now the house is being realised in Molenbeek by Grace Ellen Barkey, Maarten Seghers, Jan Lauwers and 20 performers of all generations. It will be Corona-proof and full of the joy of the making.

On Sunday 9 August the opera Intolleranza 1960, directed by Jan Lauwers, was due to premiere during the 100th anniversary edition of the Salzburger Festspiele. Because of Coronavirus, the anniversary edition in Salzburg is being radically overhauled. Both intendant Markus Hinterhäuser and Jan Lauwers and Ingo Metzmacher agreed that it was essential to perform the work without compromise. So rather than deliver it in some mangled version, it will be postponed until next season.

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.

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

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.

30 June 2020
MILL's BEAUTY SALON - a fellowship programme

MILL’S REALITY SALON is a fellowship developed by and within Needcompany. It was born of the desire to continue the multidisciplinary artistic exploration that Needcompany began more than 30 years ago. We have designed this initiative, to the value of 10,000 euros, to give artists the opportunity to think and create timelessly, rather than in a results-oriented way. Our aim is to establish new, lasting connections. For MILL’S REALITY SALON we are therefore inviting artists who have never collaborated with Needcompany before. The application scheme will be launched in September 2020 and will be open to all nationalities and ages.

13 March 2020
Coronavirus

Following the measures of the Belgian federal government aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus, the performances of All the good and Forever in April, May and June will be postponed. New dates yet to be determined.

In times of social distancing, Needcompany believes it is important to continue to share its art. And with theatre doors closed for the foreseeable future, we made a special selection of Needcompany shows and films to beam to your living room.

In the meantime, the Needcompany team remains contactable. Please take care of yourself and others.

25 February 2020
Day of Dance

The 5th edition of Dance Day on April 25th 2020 is cancelled. Needcompany and Peeping Tom wish they could have welcomed you to a diverse and appealing program at MILL. Unfortunately, due to the current measures to limit the further spread of the coronavirus, this edition cannot take place.

We are looking for a new date to present Goldberg Variations by George van Dam and Simon Lenski.

Please save the date. Next year, Dance Day will take place on Saturday April 24th 2021.

17 February 2020
Rijeka 2020

As Cultural Capital of Europe, Rijeka 2020 is staging a fully-fledged Needcompany Festival in February and March. Together, we present three of our most recent performances: All the good, Concert by a Band Facing the Wrong Way and FOREVER. The installation 18 videos is also on display. Can you think of a better excuse to travel to Croatia?

More info about Needcompany and Rijeka 2020

31 January 2020
Magnolia @ UZ Jette

In the entrance hall of the University Hospital in Jette, Grace Ellen Barkey exhibits two site-specific works: Magnolia and Night Magnolia.

Grace Ellen Barkey transports us with her day-night images into an imaginary universe in which time no longer matters and life presents itself as a course of nature. The hall of the hospital is a transit full of crowds. And sometimes also a resting place where you can find beauty through art. - Luk Lambrecht

You can visit the exhibition until May 31st at UZ Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Jette.

Tour dates

August 2020
09 AugIntolleranza 1960Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg AT) Postponed
15 AugIntolleranza 1960Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg AT) Postponed
23 AugIntolleranza 1960Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg AT) Postponed
27 AugIntolleranza 1960Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg AT) Postponed
October 2020
02 OctIsabella's roomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR)
03 OctIsabella's roomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR)
23 OctProbabilities of Independent Events Theater Casino Zug (Zug CH)
24 OctProbabilities of Independent Events Theater Casino Zug (Zug CH)
November 2020
04 NovFOREVERThéâtre Garonne (Toulouse FR)
04 NovMolly BloomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR) Premiere
Tour dates

August 2020
09 AugIntolleranza 1960
 Salzburg AT  Salzburger Festspiele Postponed
15 AugIntolleranza 1960
 Salzburg AT  Salzburger Festspiele Postponed
23 AugIntolleranza 1960
 Salzburg AT  Salzburger Festspiele Postponed
27 AugIntolleranza 1960
 Salzburg AT  Salzburger Festspiele Postponed
October 2020
02 OctIsabella's room
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature
03 OctIsabella's room
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature
23 OctProbabilities of Independent Events
 Zug CH  Theater Casino Zug
24 OctProbabilities of Independent Events
 Zug CH  Theater Casino Zug
November 2020
04 NovFOREVER
 Toulouse FR  Théâtre Garonne
04 NovMolly Bloom
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature Premiere
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