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Expression in dance and theatre

Choreographer, dancer and actress Grace Ellen Barkey was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. She studied dance expression and modern dance at the Theatre School In Amsterdam and after her trining worked as an actress and dancer.
Barkey choreographed several performances before joining Needcompany in 1986 and eventually became the company´s permanent choreographer. She created the choreography for Need to Know 1987, Ca Va, 1989, Julius Ceasar 1990, Invictos, 1991, Antonius and Cleopatra 1992, and Orfeo 1993. She also acted in several of these productions as well as in The Snakesong Trilogy: Snakesong/Le Voyeur(1994), Caligula(1997) and Needcompany´s King Lear (2000).
In 1992 she presented the first of her own productions entitled "One" at the Theatre Am Turm Probebûhne in Frankfurt. This was followed by Don Quijote (1993) inspired by Cervantes Novel and Camus´The Myth of Sisyphys. Barkey´s major source and starting point for her creative work id Literature.Tres ( 1995) was inpspired by the writings of Jean Genet while Stories(1996) was based on the novel Anna karenina by Tolstoj.Barkeys work has become more and more International , especially with the performances Rood Red Rouge ( 1998) and A Few Things ( 2000).
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Chunking

Production / Performance,
2005
A new performance by Grace Ellen Barkey and Needcompany

Images of Affection

Production / Performance,
2005
Images of affection is a story based on a lie.It is about the lie of preception. About the way emptiness intime and space is fiolled up with a lie. It is a story entangled in a network of contradictory details. A paradox of the truth and how it penetrates everywhere and fills the emptiness with coloured silence.

Isabella´s Room

Production / Performance,
2005
Grace Ellen Barkey made the costumes for Isabella´s room

Goldfish Game

Film / TV,
2002
Goldfish Game is the first feature film by Jan Lauwers. This modern fable tells the story of a small community of people who are violently torn apart. The tale encompasses both human drama and an anthropological study of the dynamics which hold a group together and work towards its disintegration. At the centre lies death - one’s own death and those of others – as ultimately determining and delimiting all human behaviour. The Italian internet magazine Kinematrix pronounced Goldfish Game the best film in the Formati Anomali category. The jury report said: an innovative style of directing that exceeds the limits of the digital medium. At the Slamdance Film Festival (January 2004) Goldfish Game was awarded the ‘Grand Jury Honour for Best Ensemble Cast’.

A Few Things

Production / Performance,
2000

Rood Red Rouge

Production / Performance,
1998

Stories ( Histories / Verhalen )

Production / Performance,
1997

Tres

Production / Performance,
1995

Don Quijote

Production / Performance,
1993

One

Production / Performance,
1992

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