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and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.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

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.

About Needcompany

Needcompany is launching MILL's Beauty Salon, a fellowship committed to supporting artists in thinking, dreaming and creating. It is open to all nationalities & ages and designed for artists who have developed an independent body of work over a number of years. We want to address the question of whether the era of BEAUTY is over and whether REALITY has now become the main topic of artistic interest. Is it the case that the true moment of exploration occurs when one word is mistaken for another? All the information on the application can be found here.

News
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.

21 December 2020
A Festival of Shakespeare

Rehearsals for Billy's Violence, a new piece by Jan Lauwers with a text by Victor Afung Lauwers based on the ten tragedies of Shakespeare, began in Brussels at the beginning of December. But what does it mean to return to Shakespeare now, in 2020, if we can hear more and more scepticism about him?

In order to contextualise Billy's Violence, both on the timeline of Needcompany's history and at the moment of our contemporary experience, A Festival of Shakespeare presents audiovisual and textual background from the archive.

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.

2 December 2020
Fun for Brussels

With the projection of a selection of uplifting, humorous videos from the project 18 Videos (2012) by Lemm&Barkey on a wall of the Gosset building - Needcompany's home base - visible to passers-by and local residents, Barkey reaches out to the neighbourhood.

Barkey also seeks connection with local residents at Be.Here - the 'durable village' in the Byrrh building behind Thurn & Taxis. Be.Here is a meeting place where all layers of the local community cross each other and is therefore ideal for a moment of wonder and enlightenment.

Tour dates

January 2021
21 JanMolly BloomLa Passerelle (Saint-Brieuc FR) Postponed
22 JanMolly BloomLa Passerelle (Saint-Brieuc FR) Postponed
25 JanMolly BloomEspaces Pluriels (Pau FR) Postponed
26 JanMolly BloomEspaces Pluriels (Pau FR) Postponed
27 JanAll the GoodFestival delle Colline (Turin IT) Postponed
28 JanAll the GoodFestival delle Colline (Turin IT) Postponed
 

18 November 2020 - ..: With Fun For BrusselsGrace Ellen Barkey reaches out to the neighbourhood and offers a moment of wonder and enlightenment with the projection of a selection of humorous videos from the 18 Videos project on the Gosset building - home of Needcompany - and in Be.Here (Byrrh building) behind Thurn & Taxis.

February 2021
03 FebIsabella's roomMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble (Grenoble FR)
04 FebIsabella's roomMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble (Grenoble FR)
05 FebIsabella's roomMC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble (Grenoble FR)
17 FebMolly BloomLa Filature (Mulhouse FR)
Tour dates

January 2021
21 JanMolly Bloom
 Saint-Brieuc FR  La Passerelle Postponed
22 JanMolly Bloom
 Saint-Brieuc FR  La Passerelle Postponed
25 JanMolly Bloom
 Pau FR  Espaces Pluriels Postponed
26 JanMolly Bloom
 Pau FR  Espaces Pluriels Postponed
27 JanAll the Good
 Turin IT  Festival delle Colline Postponed
28 JanAll the Good
 Turin IT  Festival delle Colline Postponed
 

18 November 2020 - ..: With Fun For BrusselsGrace Ellen Barkey reaches out to the neighbourhood and offers a moment of wonder and enlightenment with the projection of a selection of humorous videos from the 18 Videos project on the Gosset building - home of Needcompany - and in Be.Here (Byrrh building) behind Thurn & Taxis.

February 2021
03 FebIsabella's room
 Grenoble FR  MC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
04 FebIsabella's room
 Grenoble FR  MC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
05 FebIsabella's room
 Grenoble FR  MC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
17 FebMolly Bloom
 Mulhouse FR  La Filature
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