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Al het goede

Jan Lauwers, Needcompany

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In 2014 Jan Lauwers met the Israeli elite soldier and war veteran Elik Niv who, following a serious accident and a long rehabilitation process, became a professional dancer. They had long discussions about his military operations and his development as a dancer in the safely subsidised world of the living arts in Germany. It was during these conversations that the bombs exploded at Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station.
Al het goede (All the good) is a fictional self-portrait interwoven with autobiographical elements. There is Elik’s life on the one hand and Lauwers with Grace Ellen Barkey and their children in their house, an old bakery and workplace in the infamous district of Molenbeek, on the other.

All the good also tells the story of a young girl Romy, who is convinced that the world is good. During a trip through China, she meets the soldier Elik while she is vomiting in an alleyway after drinking snake’s blood. This meeting changes her life.

All the good is about loss and hope. A love story at a time in which Europe is sacrificing its values and a large group of people are succumbing to hate and incomprehension. The story of a family of artists with their everyday cares and the omnipresent death, which mercilessly imposes itself both in the seclusion of their home and in the outside world.

All the good is a uniquely beautiful experience, not unlike spending an evening at a long table having dinner with friends old and new. Everyone gets to have their say, no matter how unconventional.

"Exuberant, bewildering but nevertheless delightful. All the good explores the complexity of the world."

"Jan Lauwers doesn't shy away from provocation. All the good is a rich and thought-provoking theatrical experience that tackles the big themes of art and life."



  • Jan Lauwers


  • Jan Lauwers


  • Jan Lauwers


  • Maarten Seghers


  • Grace Ellen Barkey
  • Jan Lauwers
  • Romy Louise Lauwers
  • Victor Lauwers
  • Benoît Gob
  • Elik Niv
  • Yonier Camilo Mejia
  • Jules Beckman
  • Simon Lenski
  • Maarten Seghers
  • Elke Janssens
  • Inge Van Bruystegem


  • Lot Lemm


  • Elke Janssens

light design

  • Ken Hioco
  • Jan Lauwers


  • Ditten Lerooij

production management

  • Marjolein Demey

P.U.L.S. intern

  • Lisaboa Houbrechts


  • Needcompany

in collaboration with

  • RIJEKA 2020, Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc


  • Ruhrtriënnale
  • Festival Reims Scènes d'Europe
  • Concertgebouw Brugge
  • La Colline Parijs


  • Zürcher Theater Spektakel
  • Teatro Central De Sevilla
  • Kaaitheater
  • Toneelhuis
  • Malta Festival Poznań
  • NTGent

Tax Shelter financiering

  • uFund nv, Melissa Thomas, Christel Simons

with the support of

  • De Belgische Tax Shelter

All data

  1. Friday 22 October 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Saturday 23 October 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  1. Wednesday 1 April 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Thursday 2 April 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Friday 3 April 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Saturday 4 April 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Cancelled: Monday 23 November 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Cancelled: Tuesday 24 November 2020 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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