Needcompany was founded in 1986 as an independent theatre group by Jan Lauwers (1957) who is the group's artistic director; he is also the stage manager, a visual artist and writer. In 1992 the group was joined by Grace Ellen Barkey who makes her own productions. These are situated on the borderline between theatre, dance and performance art. Apart from dance and theatre shows, Needcompany has also produced numerous video projects and a feature film, Goldfish Game. From the very beginning, the group has been working in an international, multilingual and multidisciplinary environment.