“The Time Between Two Mistakes”

Needcompany: The Time Between Two Mistakes

Needcompany: The Time Between Two Mistakes

© Wolfgang Silveri

  • Duration 120 min, no interval
  • In English

Past Dates

“I need company” – this was the motivation for Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey to found this company in the 1980s, which went on to tear down the boundaries between dance, performance, theatre and visual arts. The members of Belgian Needcompany have been performing together for nearly 30 years. With trilogies like “Snakesong” and “Sad Face | Happy Face” as well as Lauwers’ Shakespeare interpretations, they shaped the festivals in Salzburg and Avignon. With spirit and incredible energy, they perform their game within a game. They immerse themselves in stories and abandon them again, they create poetical worlds of images and proceed to destroy them, they sing and dance, they commit violence on each other and yet are inseparably connected. “The Time Between Two Mistakes” will mark Needcompany’s return to Berlin after many years. They will celebrate the opening party of Foreign Affairs with us. For this occasion, they looked through their works from the past 30 years and thought about how and when art is created today. They revive strong images, reinterprete songs; they invite the audience to party along – and to philosophise about everything that can arise from that moment between two mistakes.

With Grace Ellen Barkey, Jules Beckman, Anneke Bonnema, Hans Petter Dahl, Julien Faure, Benoît Gob, Sung‐Im Her, Jan Lauwers, Romy Louise Lauwers, Elke Janssens, Maarten Seghers, Mohamed Toukabri, Rombout Willems
Participants master class Emilie Jacomet, Patrik Kelemen, Mzamo Nondlwana, Hai Wen Hsu, Johanna Wernmo

Concept Grace Ellen Barkey & Jan Lauwers
Musical director Maarten Seghers
Composers Maarten Seghers, Hans Petter Dahl, Rombout Willems
Costumes Lot Lemm
Video Jan Lauwers & Benoît Gob
Choreographic directing Sung-Im Her
Dramaturgy Elke Janssens
Sound Bart Aga
Technical supervision & lighting Marjolein Demey
Video technique Geert De Vleesschauwer

Production: Needcompany
Co-production: steirischer herbst
Funded by the Flemish Authorities.

The opening ceremony is funded by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders (Embassy of Belgium).