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and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.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

In Jan Lauwers’ setting for 'L’incoronazione di Poppea' at the Salzburg Festival, the gods do penance like cripples and the protagonists literally walk on the bodies of their sins, their deeds, their killing. The obsession with power, intrigue, cruelty, violence and manipulation triumphs on a background full of Baroque beauty.

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 began developing her new project Night by filming her garden in the dead of night. This led to her creating various records of plants, gradations of light, and shadows, with each coming to life in its own way.

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.

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.

Tour dates

May 2021
13 MayNight
 Erlangen DE  internationales First Draft
14 MayNight
 Erlangen DE  internationales First Draft
15 MayNight
 Erlangen DE  internationales First Draft
16 MayNight
 Erlangen DE  internationales First Draft
22 MayL’Incoronazione di Poppea
 Vienna AT  Wiener Staatsoper Premiere
27 MayMolly Bloom
 Hanover DE  Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen Premiere
28 MayL’Incoronazione di Poppea
 Vienna AT  Wiener Staatsoper
31 MayL’Incoronazione di Poppea
 Vienna AT  Wiener Staatsoper
June 2021
03 JunL’Incoronazione di Poppea
 Vienna AT  Wiener Staatsoper
08 JunL’Incoronazione di Poppea
 Vienna AT  Wiener Staatsoper
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