Probabilities of Independent Events

The sun will probably rise, but there is a chance that it won’t. How do you plan for chance and uncertainty? How often can you perform an experiment, and does the chance of success increase? In Probabilities of Independent Events, Grace Ellen Barkey asks absurd and quirky but vital questions on the probability (or improbability) of things. She seeks out the human significance behind the mathematical notion that independent events are not influenced by previous occurrences.

Where visual art, dance and performance meet, that’s where you will find Grace Ellen Barkey’s productions. The musical dramaturgy always plays a pivotal part. In Probabilities of Independent Events, her choreography starts out from pop and folk songs by Zappa, Queen and other musical icons. The arrangements are by the composer Rombout Willems, who also is the musical director. Together with the Needcompany orchestra and 14 dancers from Antwerp’s Royal Conservatoire, they will make a party out of merry pointlessness, packed with humour and all that’s radical.

In Probabilities of Independent Events, Barkey returns to absurdity. Anything is possible. It can’t fail.


Director & Choreographer Grace Ellen Barkey
Musical Director & arrangements Rombout Willems
Needcompany orchestra & performers Sung-Im Her, Jules Beckman, Jan Lauwers, Yonier Camilo Mejia, Simon Lenski, Maarten Seghers, Elke Janssens, George van Dam, Rombout Willems
Dancers Antwerp’s Royal Conservatoire Isaac Butler, Martha Gardner, Fyllenia Grigoriou, Marah Haj, Oscar Pascual López, Hanne Van Driessche, Raphael Damasceno Ferreira de Moura, Joshua Pinchon Jones, Meron Verbelen, Agnese Forlani, Valeria Secchi, Arnau Moreno i Grau, Flora Virag, Viljar Irtun Moe
Costumes Lieve Meeussen
Assistance costumes Lot Lemm
Dramaturge Elke Janssens
Choreographic Assistant Sung-Im Her
Technical director, lighting designer Ken Hioco
Sound Pierrick Drochmans
Assistant technical director Tijs Michiels
Production Manager Marjolein Demey

Producer Needcompany
Co-producer Concertgebouw Brugge
With thanks to Antwerp’s Royal Conservatoire – AP Hogeschool, Yasemin Kandemir, Karel Tuytschaever et Nienke Reehorst
Tax Shelter financing uFund nv, Melissa Thomas, Christel Simons
With support from the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter and the Flemish authorities