Originally performed with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp at Concertgebouw Brugge in 2019, Grace Ellen Barkey & Needcompany will re-stage Probabilities of Independent events exclusively for the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps with young graduates of the Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz in Zurich. Anything is possible. It can’t fail.

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and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.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

fragment of wallpainting depicting duck on water (song of indifference) is the next step in Seghers’ research into the potentially tragic relationship between entertainer and spectator. This resides in the irresistible urge to share and connect and the essential impossibility of doing so.

Haunted by the night and inspired both by her ancestors and the Javanese theatre of shadows wayang, Grace Ellen Barkey, who was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, enters into a dialogue with the obscure and searches for forms of re-imagination in her installative performance MALAM / NIGHT.

29 April 2022
Thank you!

The many distraught reactions to the news that Needcompany's existence is under threat are heartening. Touching letters from the most important organizations worldwide reach us daily. We are defending ourselves firmly and believe that we can counter this.

But we need your help to do so. The more responses we get, the better. For those of you who would still like to support us, please write us a short email - via info@needcompany.org - as an expression of support. You really don't have to be an important organization to do that. Straight from the heart, that is what is needed. After all, we are only here for you.

7 January 2022

After a successful first year, MILL'S BEAUTY REALITY SALON is back in 2022. MBRS is a fellowship developed by and within Needcompany. It was born out of a desire to continue the multidisciplinary artistic quest that Needcompany started 30 years ago. With this € 10 000 initiative, we want to give artists the opportunity to think and create in a timeless and non-result-oriented way. Our goal is to establish new, sustainable connections.

For MILL'S REALITY SALON we are inviting artists who have never before worked with Needcompany. The call has been launched and is open to all nationalities and ages with an extra focus on artists with a link to Brussels. Deadline = 15 February!

23 December 2021
Music of Billy's Violence available online

In July 2021, Billy's Violence, a radical adaptation of the tragedies of Shakespeare by Victor Afung Lauwers, directed by Jan Lauwers, premiered at Festival Grec in Barcelona. Maarten Seghers composed the original music which gives the performance extra layers, resonance and intensity.

From now on, the music is available on all major streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer etc) and digital shops. A physical release on vinyl was already released in July. The limited, carefully crafted release is available via Needcompany's Bandcamp. Those who would like to buy the digital release can also visit our Bandcamp.

11 October 2021

13 artists during 11 days with 4 premieres, 3 performances and all at 1 address: MILL and curators Victor Afung Lauwers and Oscar van der Put present Xenia or the virtue of hospitality, an XL version of the annual EXPLO.

After a long period of remoteness and caution, it is time to open the doors and let hospitality rule. That is exactly what Xenia wants to achieve. Besides presenting the work of a varied group of artists from Belgium and abroad, this EXPLO wants above all to be a place of encounter. Between artists, between friends, between old acquaintances and new faces. Between people. Welcome!

Tour dates

July 2022
17 JulAll the GoodImPulsTanz (Vienna AT)
19 JulAll the GoodImPulsTanz (Vienna AT)
20 JulMalam / NightImPulsTanz (Vienna AT)
21 JulMalam / NightImPulsTanz (Vienna AT)
22 JulMalam / NightImPulsTanz (Vienna AT)
September 2022
13 SepBilly's ViolenceFestival Transart (Bolzano IT)
November 2022
05 NovAMOPERAFestspielhaus Erl (Erl AT) Premiere
December 2022
16 DecAll the GoodCankarjev Dom (Ljubljana SI)
Tour dates

July 2022
17 JulAll the Good
 Vienna AT  ImPulsTanz
19 JulAll the Good
 Vienna AT  ImPulsTanz
20 JulMalam / Night
 Vienna AT  ImPulsTanz
21 JulMalam / Night
 Vienna AT  ImPulsTanz
22 JulMalam / Night
 Vienna AT  ImPulsTanz
September 2022
13 SepBilly's Violence
 Bolzano IT  Festival Transart
November 2022
 Erl AT  Festspielhaus Erl Premiere
December 2022
16 DecAll the Good
 Ljubljana SI  Cankarjev Dom
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