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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately this Needlapb is full. You can't register anymore.

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.

20 September 2018

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

10 September 2018

On 25 and 26 October 2018, MILL will be hosting EXPLO I, an exclusive two-day event packed with performances, exhibitions and films.

The programme includes a glimpse into the work of artists Emma van der Put, Maarten Seghers, Oscar van der Put, Simon Lenski, Nicolas Rombouts, Lot Lemm, Nicolas Field, Rombout Willems, Maarten Vanden Abeele, Jan Lauwers, Maarten van der Put, Grace Ellen Barkey, Fritz Welch, Benoît Gob, Lisaboa Houbrechts, Victor Lauwers, Romy Louise Lauwers, Lobke Leirens, Seppe Decubber and Maxime Rouquart.

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

Tour dates

July 2019
06 JulWar and turpentine
 Almada  Festival de Almada
07 JulWar and turpentine
 Almada  Festival de Almada
August 2019
22 AugAll the Good
 Gladbeck  Ruhrtriennale 2019 Premiere
23 AugAll the Good
 Gladbeck  Ruhrtriennale 2019
24 AugAll the Good
 Gladbeck  Ruhrtriennale 2019
29 AugAll the Good
 Zürich  Zürcher Theater Spektakel
30 AugAll the Good
 Zürich  Zürcher Theater Spektakel
31 AugAll the Good
 Zürich  Zürcher Theater Spektakel
September 2019
06 SepAll the Good
 Gladbeck  Ruhrtriennale 2019
07 SepAll the Good
 Gladbeck  Ruhrtriennale 2019
Ensemble weNEEDmoreCOMPANY Contact Events Development
Jan Lauwers Grace Ellen Barkey Maarten Seghers performing arts visual arts Film
tour dates
Full calendar
Books Music Film
Subscribe Archive
NEEDCOMPANY  |  |  Privacy  |  Pro area
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our cookies policy.