The Porcelain Project

Grace Ellen Barkey & Needcompany

Tue 14 Apr 2009
Wed 15 Apr 2009

Silk Street Theatre, Barbican

A fairytale picture box opens up a sensual fantasy world celebrating an organic and poetic union of dance, theatre, music and visual art.  Hundreds of pieces of porcelain crockery dangle on strings creating a decadent air which sets the scene for an erotic allegory about power, lust and desire.

As well as exploring the history of porcelain in relation to its colonial value, the porcelain installation which inhabits the stage provides distinct boundaries for the choreography. The dancers embody its porous material, enabling them to extend beyond its limitations, igniting imaginations towards the hope that a different world is possible.


Needcompany, founded by Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey, is a Belgian performance group working across different art forms. Since its inception in 1986 it has created an impressive series of stage productions that have toured internationally throughout Europe and the United States. Needcompany comes to London for the first time since 1987 when Lift presented Need to Know at The Place.

An energetic all-round experience that penetrates into your very fibres –  De Standaard, Belgium

Concept by Lemm&Barkey
Choreography by Grace Ellen Barkey
Created with and performed by Misha Downey, Julien Faure, Benoit Gob, Tijen Lawton, Maarten Seghers, Yumiko Funaya
Porcelain by Lot Lemm
Set and costumes by Lemm&Barkey
Music by Thomas Ades – Asyla, op.17, Maarten Seghers, Rombout Willems et al.
Lighting by Koen Raes and Ken Hioco
Produced by Needcompany
Co-produced by Théâtre Le Quai, Angers; La Rose des Vents, Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d’Ascq; PACT Zollverein, Essen; Kaaitheatre, Brussels