The Porcelain Project

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An organic and poetic union of dance, theatre, music and visual art set amid hundreds of pieces of porcelain. Read More >

The Porcelain Project is set in a sensual fantasy world celebrating an organic and poetic union of dance, theatre, music and visual art. Hundreds of pieces of porcelain objects dangle on strings creating a decadent air which sets the scene for an erotic allegory about power, lust and desire.

Exploring the history of porcelain in relation to its colonial value, the porcelain set of The Porcelain Project provides distinct boundaries for the choreography. The dancers embody the porous material, enabling them to extend beyond its limitations, igniting imaginations towards the hope that a different world is possible.

The Porcelain Project is performed by Needcompany, which was founded by Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey. Since its inception in 1986, the Belgian theatre group has worked across different art forms, creating an impressive series of stage productions that have toured internationally throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

The Porcelain Project is performed as part of the SPILL Festival of Performance.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 14/04/2009

Closing Night: 15/04/2009

Running time: 1h30

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Cast & Creative


Misha Downey, Julien Faure, Benoit Gob, Tijen Lawton, Maarten Seghers, Yumiko Funaya


Choreographer - Grace Ellen Barkey

Music By - Thomas Ades

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