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    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.

    On Sunday 9 August the opera Intolleranza 1960, directed by Jan Lauwers, was due to premiere during the 100th anniversary edition of the Salzburger Festspiele. Because of Coronavirus, the anniversary edition in Salzburg is being radically overhauled. Both intendant Markus Hinterhäuser and Jan Lauwers and Ingo Metzmacher agreed that it was essential to perform the work without compromise. So rather than deliver it in some mangled version, it will be postponed until next season.

    On 3 and 4 July, at MILL, Needcompany’s laboratory, we will be presenting a durational performance of 2 x 8 hours: The House of Our Fathers / Mothers of Inventions, a reimagining of a durational installation conceived by Jan Lauwers and Needcompany more than 10 years ago. Now the house is being realised in Molenbeek by Grace Ellen Barkey, Maarten Seghers and Jan Lauwers and 20 performers of all generations. It will be Corona-proof and full of the joy of the making.

    2019

    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.

    With Day and Night Grace Ellen Barkey occupies Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Several installations invite the viewer to become part of her sense-oriented work.

    In Probabilities of Independent Events, Barkey returns to absurdity. Anything is possible. It can’t fail.

    2018

    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.

    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.

    2017

    On the basis of his lifelong archives, Jan Lauwers is building a monumental installation in which he reinterprets past works and materials and confronts them with art history.

    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.

    Only the jester can express critical thoughts to the king without fear. OHNO COOPERATION (Maarten Seghers, Jan Lauwers and Elke Janssens) takes this privilege as a mission in its study of the place of art and the artist in society.

    This bleak and glimmering allegory about love and death was the last play the legendary filmmaker John Cassavetes wrote before his death.

    2016

    ‘No one can sustain constant praise of life. Death or, rather, the finiteness of human life deserves a song or a dance too.’

    Performing arts MaisonDahlBonnema

    MaisonDahlBonnema invites the audience on a crazy trip around nothing: a celebration of the subnormal.

    If art does not penetrate the observer’s memory it does not exist.

    Grace Ellen Barkey is working on new site-specific installations.

    A struggle between dogged rhythmicality and melodious syrup in the ritualization of the sale of truth. A truth which, like all truths, says it is the ‘real truth’, in contrast with the other truths: the amazement at almost nothing.

    2015
    THE OHNO COOPERATION CONVERSATION III

    Jan Lauwers starts out from the performers’ family trees and is writing a new story based on their various nationalities, cultures and languages.

    2014
    Performing arts MaisonDahlBonnema

    For their new project,  Rhythm Conference Feat. Inner Splits , Dahl and Bonnema are collaborating with the Swiss musician ...

    Seven years after THE OHNO COOPERATION CONVERSATION ON THE O.H.N.O.P.O.P.I.C.O.N.O. ONTOLOGY, Maarten Seghers and Jan Lauwers are meeting up ...

    Just for Venice
    Just for Sarajevo
    Just for Bozen | Bolzano

    The party for the memory of a party.

    Statements as ‘an artist has to be nice, so you can understand’ and ‘if art is our lover, then who the f*** are you?’ are chanted all around, making the theatre hilarious, passionately and violently burst its seams.

    Being born and having to hold out. That’s Tough Shit. Tough Shit isn’t a cripple and isn’t blind. But there’s a plank stuck to his face. That’s Bad Luck.

    An apartment at the end of a street by the sea. With a seaview, despite the covered windows. They ...

    2013

    A forest full of mushrooms. These mushrooms unite and rise in rebellion: 'We are alive and kicking! Full of exceptional dreams and cosmic wishes!'

    In the wondrous world of Needcompany anything is possible. Anything? Yes, anything! Don’t you believe it then? Your eyes ...

    If art does not penetrate the observer’s memory it does not exist.

    2012

    This installation is the result of non-preconceived aim. An anti-conceptual delusion.

    Not a reconstruction, not nostalgia, but a work that always seeks out new problems.

    And what's the use to me of a firm hand, what use is the amazing power that's mine, if I can't have the sun set in the east, if I can't reduce the sum of suffering and make an end of death?

    Film About Needcompany

    A sensual & entertaining glimpse at a 5-year relationship of a young director with a group of artists who made a fundamental choice of putting creativity beyond everything else in their lives.

    The questions Jan Lauwers asks in the play go to the heart of twenty-first century politics. In a globalised world, the things that once held a society together – tradition, religion, ethnicity, nationality and so on – have lost their self-evident binding force.

    2011
    Uninteresting Result
    Performing arts MaisonDahlBonnema

    Analysis – The Whole Song  is the final piece in a trilogy on contemporary opera,  Tokyo, Paris, New ...

    The art of entertainment  is a black, almost cynical comedy about a famous actor, who decides to bring ...

    The art of entertainment  is a black comedy about a famous actor, who decides to bring his life ...

    On Saturday 27 August the fifth  AIR Antwerp opened its cellars and gardens for the fifth OPEN AIR ...

    If art does not penetrate the observer’s memory it does not exist.

    If art does not penetrate the observer’s memory it does not exist.

    2010

    an OHNO cooperation evening the tragedy of the applause installations and performances 1/ So man, (installation/performance)    ...

    OHNO COOPERATION (Maarten Seghers and Jan Lauwers) took over Strombeek cultural centre from 25 September to 21 October 2010 ...

    Performing arts MaisonDahlBonnema

    "Theatre is looking at people. Possibly even an excuse to look for a long time. Because people have ...

    Washy washy washy  Round and round  And makes nice sound  Never be dirty  Always be clean  That’s why we ...

    2009

    OHNO COOPERATION presented ‘The Tragedy of the Applause – Roubaix’ . During this happening-cum-exhibition, OHNO COOPERATION and the ...

    2008

    Art is actually all about man and human nature and all good art is a self-portrait of the observer.

    On 4 October 2008 Lemm&Barkey presented a new work in porcelain at the group exhibition entitled ...

    2007

    C-Song Variations  tells several stories about people and fate. The link between all these ‘sea songs’ is the ...

    In the museum installations (deconstructions) there are performances lasting a whole day, and the observer decides for himself how long he wants to watch a particular action.

    In early 2007 the SPIELART theatre festival (Munich) asked four curators (Jan Lauwers, Romeo Castellucci, Tim Etchells and Johan ...

    Performing arts MaisonDahlBonnema

    Anna Sophia Bonnema and Hans Petter Dahl sing to the audience in the guise of their alter egos Ricky ...

    In 2007, the choice Maarten Seghers and Jan Lauwers made, of sharing the role of fool in the shape ...

    Grace Ellen Barkey makes a theatre of images or an image of theatre.

    In 2007, the choice Maarten Seghers and Jan Lauwers made, of sharing the role of fool in the shape ...

    If art does not penetrate the observer’s memory it does not exist.

    2006
    Performing arts Viviane De Muynck

    In Isabella’s Room , Viviane De Muynck plays the character Isabella Morandi, a strong woman who tells the ...

    On the day he has chosen he puts on his best suit and by way of farewell goes to his favourite restaurant, ‘The Lobster Shop’, to eat just one more lobster with armorican sauce.

    Whereas nature aspires to chaos, art was invented to find a certain balance in that chaos. Art, after war ...

    In O.H.N.O.P.O.P.I.C.O.N.O. Maarten Seghers and Jan Lauwers went in search of the iconography of pop music. For the first ...

    In The Porcelain Installations , Lemm&Barkey have create a world in which porcelain objects move. These installations contain ...

    2005

    A world in which sensuality, the bizarre and the frivolous meet, in which stories appear, but where the story is just one facet of a miraculous universe.

    Farewell to Warhol The last performance of Images of Affection was in Rakvere on 16 June ...

    2004

    Laugh and be gentle to the unknown.

    Performing arts Viviane De Muynck

    Under the wing of Needcompany, Viviane De Muynck is steadily building up an international career in which she combines ...

    Jan Lauwers has been working on the C-Songs since 2001. He wrote and directed a short film without words ...

    No Comment focuses on the fate of four women who look back at lives marked by radical ...

    During 18 months Jan Lauwers was followed closely by cinematographer Nico Leunen. This film tells the story of a ...

    Jan Lauwers’ art work has an independent existence, but receives support from Needcompany whenever his visual and theatrical worlds ...

    A few years ago Grace Ellen Barkey decided to put on three pieces by Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin ...

    “You have the ability to turn this paradise into a living hell.” In this reversal from paradise to hell, the story develops into a modern-day fable in which man becomes the sum of his secrets, his past and his moral choices.

    Jan Lauwers’ art SUMMER EXHIBITION - GRIMBERGEN 2002 ...

    “Love it and trust it and leave. ” ( Don DeLillo ) Images of Affection is a play ...

    When grandpa shouted, ‘Centina, it’s six o’clock, grandma not only knew what time it was, but also that she ...

    When Prospero throws out his books at the end of The Tempest, he says, ‘Despite all the wisdom and ...

    At William Forsythe's request, Lauwers took up the challenge of creating a piece in which the two companies confronted ...

    The story of the Mandarin is a parable based on the classical idea that one dies as soon as ...

    The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. ...

    Morning Song is the second of the two-part stage production No beauty for me there, where human life is ...

    By tradition,  Needlapb  offers an insight into future Needcompany projects. In order to shed some light on the ...

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    Performing arts Viviane De Muynck
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    Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, which won the Obie Award in New York in 1997, is a worldwide success. It ...

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