After the success of Billy's Violence, the desire to continue this intense tale was so strong amongst the artistic team, cast and crew that it has led to a sequel: Billy’s Joy. Once again, Victor Lauwers turns his hand to reworking Shakespeare’s plays and see what they can still mean in our time - a time of great controversies, vulgar polemics, cancel culture, structural racism, climate change, war. What is there left to laugh at? Is humour the coward's weapon or a form of activism?

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and rewrote them into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content.

Songs of Disconnection is a 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.

A Sublime Mistake — played by Gonzalo Cunill — is a new character based on all the slightly lost male characters in Jan Lauwers’ oeuvre. An intimate portrait of a man who looks at the world in astonishment and fails to understand why he is even part of it.

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19 June 2024
Needcompany x Wiener Staatsoper: Lee Miller in Hitler's Bathtub

Announcement new production in collaboration with Wiener Staatsoper:

'Lee Miller in Hitlers Bathtub'
- Libretto written by Jan Lauwers and orginal music by Maarten Seghers - is a portrait of a woman who at the end of her life said that she felt like a cow who had been milked dry. A woman in the shadow of many men. Famous men. Notorious men. Jan Lauwers wanted to make a portrait that was no longer that of Lee but of so many women in the history of art who have been gagged. And then there is this one photo: 'Lee in Hitler’s bathtub' What does it mean for Lee that she chose to take a bath in the monster’s bathtub? What does it mean moreover to let her photo be taken there?

More information about the production can be reached by clicking on this post.

12 June 2024
New creation: A Sublime Mistake

A Sublime Mistake - played by Gonzalo Cunill — is a new character based on all the slightly lost male characters in Jan Lauwers’ oeuvre. An intimate portrait of a man who looks at the world in astonishment and fails to understand why he is even part of it.

More information about the project and tour dates can be reached by clicking on this post.

14 March 2024
Wunderkammer x Needcompany 20.04.2024

Wunderkammer, festival of adventurous music and more, will be collaborating closely with Needcompany for its 7th edition: Hard and Tenderly

For this edition, curator Jan De Vroede pressed his ear against the door of the artists’ house Needcompany. It was from here that the idea came to collaborate and base the line-up on recent encounters with and admiration for artists who can only be grasped in contradiction.

More information about Wunderkammer and the line-up can be reached by clicking on this post.

8 March 2024
UPDATE: Action for Gaza - Tears from Hebron

On 27 November, Needcompany launched the ‘Tears from Hebron’ campaign for Gaza. Blown glass objects from the performance ‘All the Good’ were offered for sale. Thanks to your support, this campaign raised a total of €10,000. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ for this! This sum will soon be donated to the artists’ collective Theater Day Productions (TDP - Ayyam Al-Masrah) and will be used for both day-to-day operations and for the reconstruction – once a ceasefire takes place.

More information about the campaign can be reached by clicking on this post.

Tour

June 2024
28 JunBilly's ViolenceTeatre Lliure / Grec festival (Barcelona ES)
29 JunBilly's JoyTeatre Lliure / Grec festival (Barcelona ES)
30 JunBilly's ViolenceTeatre Lliure / Grec festival (Barcelona ES) Double bill
30 JunBilly's JoyTeatre Lliure / Grec festival (Barcelona ES) Double bill
July 2024
27 JulImagined Garden / Night versionHektagon (Hitzacker DE) Opening
 

27 July 2024 - 3 August 2024: 'Imagined Garden | Night version' confronts Grace Ellen Barkey's installation with the sound installation of Tamara Miller's. This can be visited every day and will be accompanied by a musical performance at 3pm. On 27 July 2024, at 8pm, the official opening of 'Imagined Garden | Night version' will take place at the Hektagon.

August 2024
07 AugPassagesMA Festival (Bruges BE)
24 AugPassagesCopenhagen Opera Festival (Copenhagen DK)
25 AugPassagesCopenhagen Opera Festival (Copenhagen DK)
 

27 July 2024 - 3 August 2024: 'Imagined Garden | Night version' confronts Grace Ellen Barkey's installation with the sound installation of Tamara Miller's. This can be visited every day and will be accompanied by a musical performance at 3pm. On 27 July 2024, at 8pm, the official opening of 'Imagined Garden | Night version' will take place at the Hektagon, Hitzacker.

November 2024
16 NovA Sublime Mistake Festival Temporada Alta de Girona (Salt ES) Premiere
17 NovA Sublime Mistake Festival Temporada Alta de Girona (Salt ES)
Tour

June 2024
28 JunBilly's Violence
 Barcelona ES  Teatre Lliure / Grec festival
29 JunBilly's Joy
 Barcelona ES  Teatre Lliure / Grec festival
30 JunBilly's Violence
 Barcelona ES  Teatre Lliure / Grec festival Double bill
30 JunBilly's Joy
 Barcelona ES  Teatre Lliure / Grec festival Double bill
July 2024
27 JulImagined Garden / Night version
 Hitzacker DE  Hektagon Opening
 

27 July 2024 - 3 August 2024: 'Imagined Garden | Night version' confronts Grace Ellen Barkey's installation with the sound installation of Tamara Miller's. This can be visited every day and will be accompanied by a musical performance at 3pm. On 27 July 2024, at 8pm, the official opening of 'Imagined Garden | Night version' will take place at the Hektagon.

August 2024
07 AugPassages
 Bruges BE  MA Festival
24 AugPassages
 Copenhagen DK  Copenhagen Opera Festival
25 AugPassages
 Copenhagen DK  Copenhagen Opera Festival
 

27 July 2024 - 3 August 2024: 'Imagined Garden | Night version' confronts Grace Ellen Barkey's installation with the sound installation of Tamara Miller's. This can be visited every day and will be accompanied by a musical performance at 3pm. On 27 July 2024, at 8pm, the official opening of 'Imagined Garden | Night version' will take place at the Hektagon, Hitzacker.

November 2024
16 NovA Sublime Mistake
 Salt ES  Festival Temporada Alta de Girona Premiere
17 NovA Sublime Mistake
 Salt ES  Festival Temporada Alta de Girona
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