We’re not kidding! Dreams do come true, wishes are fulfilled: the iconic avant-garde American performance art collective The Residents has written music for Grace Ellen Barkey and Needcompany! The Residents leapt onto her shoulders and grabbed hold of her unruly hair, and then they galloped off together into another dimension and danced a divine duet. Just imagine: The Residents, the masters of weird, and Grace Ellen Barkey, the president of the movement against melancholy.

'This is just the beginning of the worldwide conceived movement of acceptance of all fungi that were considered potentially dangerous.'

In MUSH-ROOM we find ourselves in a forest full of mushrooms. These mushrooms unite and rise in rebellion...

'We are alive and kicking! Full of exceptional dreams and cosmic wishes!'

Opening night
PACT Zollverein, Essen
22 March 2013

Choreography, text
Grace Ellen Barkey

Visual concept

Created with & performed by
Sung-Im Her, Benoît Gob, Julien Faure, Romy Louise Lauwers (replaces Yumiko Funaya), Maarten Seghers, Mohamed Toukabri, Catherine Travelletti

Installation & costume design
Lot Lemm


The Residents

A Needcompany Production.

PACT Zollverein (Essen), Internationales Figurentheater-Festival (Erlangen)

With the support of the Flemish authorities.