AMOPERA is the first part of a triptych around the idea of 'meta-opera', which aims to reflect on the medium of opera. This first instalment - the love part - is an intense collaboration between Klangforum Wien and Needcompany on opera and music theatre from the past hundred years.

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and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.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

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.

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.

9 September 2022
We're hiring!

In the period '23 - '27 Needcompany is resolutely aiming for a new story. To this end, we are looking for a business manager to strengthen the team and help realise the planned generational transition.

Is art your passion? Do numbers make your heart beat faster? Are you ambitious and want to put your shoulders under a new chapter of our international theatre company? Then send your cover letter and CV to before 5 October 2022. Click for more information!

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 - 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.

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December 2022
16 DecAll the GoodCankarjev Dom (Ljubljana SI)
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