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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: Jan Lauwers | The blind poet
    Then the world is a respectable lady Who rejects her lovers caresses Abu al ala al Ma arri c 950 The poem above is written by the blind Syrian poet Abu al ala al Ma arri The idea of The Blind Poet arose when I was visiting the great mosque in Cordoba In the middle of this unique building with its three hundred columns the Catholic church knocked down a number of columns and stuck in a cathedral This cathedral looks small and pretty ridiculous in the middle of the sophisticated Moorish architecture I stood there looking in astonishment at all this historical bungling Cordoba was the capital of that world Between 300 000 and 1 million people lived there Women held positions of power and translated Plato and atheism was common It had several libraries and more than 600 000 books and much more besides By comparison the largest city in the Christian world was Paris with about 30 000 inhabitants The largest Christian library had 60 000 books and Charlemagne was illiterate What does this actually mean Why does history always lie and deceive us History is written by the victors By men By the few who tell the masses what to do In 11th century Cordoba women were men s equals Islamic women at least The Christian women found them too bold too dangerous This Cordoba story is only one of the many examples of how history comes back to us The Blind Poet journeys through history via the family tree of all Needcompany s members In this way we found that everyone had a link or similarity to everyone else One of my forefathers was an armourer at the time of Godfrey of Bouillon and went on a crusade with him They travelled through Germany where

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: Jan Lauwers | Sad Face | Happy Face, A Trilogy
    no means self evident The Lobster Shop tells the story of Axel and Theresa They have a son called Jef who dies on the beach in a stupid accident Axel and Theresa s sorrow is complete and when it turns out that no therapy is able to help Axel one day decides to walk into the sea He puts on his best suit and goes to eat one last lobster at his favourite restaurant The Lobster Shop But the waiter trips and the lobster and its armorican sauce end up on Axel s white suit In the fraction of a second that Axel sees the sauce landing on his suit his carefully prepared ritual is shattered and he sees his whole life blowing up in his face The third part The Deer House is the present One can conceive of the present in two ways here we touch on the essence of theatre the present of the world around us by which I mean the world in its broad political and historical significance and the present of the world we perceive when we look at someone who is doing something and knows he is being watched The medium of theatre and the reality of the actors at the moment it occurs Good theatre always examines the reality of the medium itself I was prompted to write The Deer House by the sometimes tragic peripheral events that take place within the close circle of NC While we were on tour somewhere in France one of our dancers Tijen Lawton received the news that her brother the war journalist Kerem Lawton had been shot dead in Kosovo His tragic death provided the starting point for a play about a group of theatre makers who are increasingly faced with the harsh reality of

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: Jan Lauwers | Isabella's room
    Arthur and Anna told her They lived together in a lighthouse on an island where Arthur was the lighthouse keeper Like an island the lighthouse is a transitional area somewhere between the sea and the land between solid and fluid between inside and outside The lighthouse is built on the land but it yearns for the sea Isabella yearns for the desert the desert prince Africa This is how the life story of the blind old Isabella begins But it soon becomes clear that a terrible unutterable truth lies hidden beneath the story of the desert prince Anna and Arthur cannot live with their secrets and escape into drink Anna dies and Arthur throws himself into the sea Isabella s quest for her father the desert prince does not lead her to Africa but to a room in Paris filled with anthropological and ethnological objects Isabella tells the story of her life but she does not tell it alone All those who were important to her tell it with her the many in her life who had died Arthur and Anna her lovers Alexander and Frank And not only do they tell Isabella s story together they also sing it This is not the first time in a piece by Jan Lauwers that live music is played and that the actors sing but it has never happened in such an open and inviting way as here Erwin Jans Needcompany Hooikaai 35 B 1000 Brussels Tel 32 2 218 40 75 info needcompany org Opening night Cloître des Carmes Festival d Avignon 9 July 2004 With Viviane De Muynck Anneke Bonnema Hans Petter Dahl Julien Faure Benoît Gob Misha Downey Ludde Hagberg Sung Im Her replaces Tijen Lawton Yumiko Funaya replaces Louise Peterhoff and Maarten Seghers Music Hans Petter Dahl Maarten

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: Jan Lauwers | The Lobster Shop
    his favourite restaurant The Lobster Shop to eat just one more lobster with armorican sauce But the waiter trips and the lobster with its armorican sauce ends up on Axel s white suit In the fraction of a second while Axel is watching the sauce land on his white suit his ritual is destroyed and he sees his whole life blowing up in his face The Lobster Shop is the description of this fraction of a second For Jan Lauwers Axel s tragedy is a means by which to raise the question of humanity and dehumanisation and he argues the beauty of the imperfect and the unpredictable This play was written in the solitude of hotel rooms the television always on Cynical realism and romantic sentimentality increasingly form the main accent in just about every conversation carried on today and are therefore an inevitable component of this play I have wallowed in them with pleasure and sincerely hope that the end of mankind is not just around the corner Jan Lauwers Needcompany Hooikaai 35 B 1000 Brussels Tel 32 2 218 40 75 info needcompany org Opening night Festival d Avignon 10 July 2006 Text direction set Jan Lauwers With

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: Jan Lauwers | The Deer House
    is necessary to tell new stories I was prompted to write The Deer House by the sometimes tragic peripheral events that take place within the close circle of NC While we were on tour somewhere in France one of our dancers Tijen Lawton received the news that her brother the war journalist Kerem Lawton had been shot dead in Kosovo His tragic death provided the starting point for a play about a group of theatre makers who are increasingly faced with the harsh reality of the world they travel around in Everything is politics but art isn t everything Art always gets caught between the pages of history it is futile and has no influence on any events at all which is where the mysterious necessity for it lies The Salzburger Festpiele invited Jan Lauwers to make a new production The Deer House for summer 2008 Together with Isabella s room 2004 and The Lobster Shop 2006 this new production makes up a trilogy on human nature Sad Face Happy Face The trilogy as a whole was performed for the first time at the Salzburger Festspiele Needcompany Hooikaai 35 B 1000 Brussels Tel 32 2 218 40 75 info needcompany

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: OHNO Cooperation | THE TRAGEDY OF THE APPLAUSE - Roubaix
    the form of an exhibition at La Condition Publique in Roubaix What the artists taking part had in common is that they observed pop music The questions they asked are those that real pop musicians never ask What is the meaning of a microphone What is the meaning of feedback Why do pop musicians all use the same lighting Why do we all know the first three words of a

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: OHNO Cooperation | THE TRAGEDY OF THE APPLAUSE - Strombeek + CONCERT
    in 2009 Strombeek presented the next stage in the development of the concept ERIC SLEICHIM OHNO COOPERATION It s only the applause that means that even in his sixties Mick Jagger still can t get no satisfaction The tragedy of the applause Nothing wrong with that We like tragedies In the concert of concerts OHNO COOPERATION will for 72 minutes and 46 seconds be celebrating the 464th birthday and dying day of pop music Because everyone can play the guitar Even Eric Sleichim Because we re worried Because Alonso Mudarra wrote the first pop song in 1546 Because that song was then written again another 1 546 000 000 times Because we think it s a great song Because glitter looks like tears Because Nicolas Field is the best drummer in the world When he drums Because Rombout Willems thought Bach was right On 25th September you can expect a unique one off concert with on guitar no one less than Eric Sleichim Jan Lauwers Rombout Willems NL and Maarten Seghers together with the drummer Nicolas Field and Elke Janssens on violin A radical and analytical concert in which pop structures will be given a new interpretation underpinned by the

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  • Needcompany | Performing arts: OHNO Cooperation | OPEN AIR #5
    Mind Over Mirrors Roberta Gigante and Fritz Welch are from the United States Brazil Italy Israel Switzerland and the United Kingdom and they worked in Antwerp on the basis of mutual confrontation and total solitude from May to October 2011 OPEN AIR 5 was an unprecedented and radical evening of performance and music with video sculptural musical and performative works by the residents taking part all of them internationally renowned artists and musicians After three years on walkabout the American cult band Peeesseye came together again for the first time during OPEN AIR 5 Fritz Welch vocals percussion Chris Forsyth guitar and Jaime Fennelly harmonium electronics keyboards tape set up this legendary group in Brooklyn This band has been described as the most remarkable smorgasbord of back porch minimalism sound poetry and urban decay of recent memory in Signal to Noise Magazine and post everything in The Wire Magazine Peeesseye Nicolas Field Idan Hayosh Pontogor Mind Over Mirrors Fritz Welch Michael Fliri Roberta Gigante Needcompany Hooikaai 35 B 1000 Brussels Tel 32 2 218 40 75 info needcompany org OPEN AIR 5 happening A unique opportunity a radical alternative and in any case a vibrant clash of minds images and

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