The Porcelain Project
© Miel Verhasselt

Concept Lemm&Barkey

A production from/with Misha Downey, Julien Faure, Benoît Gob, Tijen Lawton, Maarten Seghers, Yumiko Funaya (replaces temporarily Taka Shamoto)

A Needcompany production

Coproduction Théâtre Le Quai (Angers), La Rose des Vents (Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d’Ascq), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels).

With the support of the Flemish authorities.

 

Première
Kaaitheater, Brussels
10 October 2007

Grace Ellen Barkey, who has been involved with the Needcompany since its creation, and who operates under its wing, has since 1992 been doing productions of her own whose nature lies where theatre, dance, live art and visual art meet.

Watching a performance by Grace Ellen Barkey is like entering an unfamiliar world that derives its coherence only from itself and not from any preset narrative line. The only logic that applies in this fantasy is a poetic one and although various elements (bodies and limbs, contours and lines, images and objects) are reminiscent of a world we know, they are here reconstituted in accordance with playful but barely fathomable associations.

Porcelain objects and installations made of porcelain occupy a crucial position in the stage setting. Away from the stage, these installations and sculptures, made by Lot Lemm, lead an independent life as art objects. However, none of the objects would be what it is without its interaction with performers and audience. Whereas Grace Ellen Barkey’s previous production, Chunking (2005), was still exploring the boundaries between theatre, performance and art, in The Porcelain Project these boundaries have become completely porous. The common denominator that makes this possible and connects each of these elements together on stage is their visual intensity. Grace Ellen Barkey makes a theatre of images or an image of theatre.

The erotic tension of dancing bodies on a stage is an unmistakable component of Grace Ellen Barkey’s work, and in this piece, just as in Chunking, its darker sides are also acknowledged. In the deconstructed stage setting of the closing scene, the paradoxical associations of porcelain culminate in the tension between lust and aggression, the magical and the nightmare.

-Frederik Le Roy


"At the Kaaitheater in Brussels, the Belgian porcelain artist Lot Lemm has created a jingling world together with the Needcompany’s choreographer Grace Ellen Barkey. ... A true masterpiece."
Arnd Wesemann / Ballet-tanz

 

BALLET-TANZ YEARBOOK 2008

Thomas Hahn (Paris, ballet-tanz, cassandre, radio Libertaire)
Important collaboration: Lot Lemms porcelain mobiles  in Grace Ellen Barkeys The Porcelain Project

Pieter T’Jonck (Brussels, De Morgen, Etcetera, A+)
Important collaboration: The Porcelain Project

Arnd Wesemann (Berlin, ballet-tanz)
Outstanding Dancer: Misha Downey in The Porcelain Project

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Concept Lemm&Barkey

A production from/with Misha Downey, Julien Faure, Benoît Gob, Tijen Lawton, Maarten Seghers, Yumiko Funaya (replaces temporarily Taka Shamoto)

A Needcompany production

Coproduction Théâtre Le Quai (Angers), La Rose des Vents (Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d’Ascq), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels).

With the support of the Flemish authorities.

 

Première
Kaaitheater, Brussels
10 October 2007

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October 2007
05 OctBrussels BEKaaitheater Try-Out
06 OctBrussels BEKaaitheater Try-Out
10 OctBrussels BEKaaitheater Premiere
11 OctBrussels BEKaaitheater
12 OctBrussels BEKaaitheater
16 OctLeuven BESTUK Kunstencentrum vzw
17 OctLeuven BESTUK Kunstencentrum vzw
19 OctRotterdam NLRotterdamse Schouwburg
30 OctAmsterdam NLStadsschouwburg Amsterdam
January 2008
17 JanBruges BECC Brugge
February 2008
15 FebEssen DEPACT Zollverein
16 FebEssen DEPACT Zollverein
April 2008
22 AprVilleneuve d'Ascq FRLa Rose des Vents
23 AprVilleneuve d'Ascq FRLa Rose des Vents
24 AprVilleneuve d'Ascq FRLa Rose des Vents
May 2008
31 MayValladolid ESInternational Arts Festival Salamanca
August 2008
08 AugVienna ATImPulsTanz
September 2008
11 SepGeneva CHLa Bâtie
12 SepGeneva CHLa Bâtie
October 2008
03 OctGlasgow UKTramway
04 OctGlasgow UKTramway
16 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
17 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
18 OctToulouse FRThéâtre Garonne
25 OctGuimarães PTCentro Cultural Vila Flor
November 2008
14 NovFrankfurt am Main DEKünstlerhaus Mousonturm
15 NovFrankfurt am Main DEKünstlerhaus Mousonturm
19 NovTongeren BECC De Velinx
27 NovZurich CHSchauspielhaus Zurich
28 NovZurich CHSchauspielhaus Zurich
January 2009
13 JanDelft NLTheater De Veste
23 JanDordrecht NLSchouwburg Kunstmin
30 JanSaint-Médard-en-Jalles FRLe Carré des jalles
February 2009
20 FebGhent BEKunstencentrum Vooruit
21 FebGhent BEKunstencentrum Vooruit
March 2009
03 MarStockholm SEDansens Hus
04 MarStockholm SEDansens Hus
19 MarStrombeek-Bever BECC Strombeek
21 MarTilburg NLTheater De NWE Vorst
26 MarAntwerp BEdeSingel
27 MarAntwerp BEdeSingel
April 2009
14 AprLondon UKSPILL Festival
15 AprLondon UKSPILL Festival
May 2009
23 MayErlangen DEinternationales figuren.theater.festival
September 2009
06 SepHanover DETANZTheater INTERNATIONAL
November 2009
17 NovJena DETheater in Bewegung
18 NovJena DETheater in Bewegung
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