DECEMBER 2018

15 Dec: Living Dakota / Belgium Love Edition #2 x Decoratelier I Decoratelier, Brussels (BE)

18 Dec: Connexion BXL x Decoratelier: Radio No Frequency I Decoratelier, Brussels (BE)

MARCH 2019

15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 Mar: Underneath Which Rivers Flow I Decoratelier, Brussels (BE)

Decoratelier is an ongoing and constantly evolving project by autonomous artist in residence, Jozef Wouters. From an old factory building located at Liverpoolstraat 24 in Brussels, the artist builds on INFINI 1-15, the Decoratelier performance which saw him take over the main auditorium of the Brussels City Theatre (KVS) during Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2016. Decoratelier Jozef Wouters functions as an accessible workplace for artists, where there is room for both set designers and audiences, as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations and social experiment.

"Decoratelier is a space that accommodates the various forms of collaboration and labour that are inherent in my work. Space is tested, conversations take place in wood, iron and cardboard. It is a permanent place within the constructional quest for constantly changing spaces in which art, thought and artisans meet." (Jozef Wouters)

Infini

Decoratelier Jozef Wouters

Infini is an ongoing research project by Decoratelier Jozef Wouters. It is driven by the desire to question the classical theatre machine and its perspectival sets. The project originated in 2016, when Wouters produced the performance Infini 1-15 for the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels (KVS). Working with the team then associated with his Decoratelier, the key question he addressed was: “what spaces should we show in the theatre today?” Fourteen artists entered into a dialogue with Jozef Wouters and the Decoratelier, and each conversation yielded an infini: a unique interpretation of the painted backdrops that are lowered with pulleys, as a horizon for the imagination.

Today, Infini 1-15 is not so much a performance as a growing collection of sets, each one of which – and sometimes independently of the others – tells its own story. For example, Infini #5 by the Palestinian playwright and director Rimah Jabr will be shown in Ghent, Ramallah, Lisbon and Ostend in 2018.

The Infini 1-15 publication is also an offshoot of the Infini project; a translation of scenographic space and image into word and layout. The book was presented in September 2017 at Wouters’ Decoratelier, when all fifteen infinis were reassembled for the occasion.

© Phile Deprez
Infini 1-15
© Phile Deprez
Infini 1-15
© Jozef Wouters
Creation 'Infini #5' in Decoratelier
Publication 'Infini 1-15&lsquo
© Laura Van Severen
Book presentation 'Infini 1-15&lsquo
© Laura Van Severen
Book presentation 'Infini 1-15&lsquo
Infini #5

Rimah Jabr & Decoratelier Jozef Wouters

Dear Rimah,

Because we might not have the time to talk (about art) tonight, I have decided to write you a letter. I’d like to ask you the questions that came to mind when thinking about tunnels and endlessness – the two topics that I remember from our brief conversation at the Decoratelier in Brussels. I’m curious as to why the space of a tunnel is important to you. What is it about tunnels that turns them into an environment for a story, like the one you told me, about people being stuck?

Jozef Wouters, Nablus, August 14

Scenographer Jozef Wouters wrote a letter to the Palestinian playwright and director Rimah Jabr. What kind of space or landscape would she like to be represented on stage? Which space should Decoratelier construct for her? Their correspondence began with pictures of the tunnels under the Gaza wall. Later, these images were transformed into wood, canvas and paint. The final set, in combination with a letter from Rimah Jabr, results in a sharp and imaginative observation of a situation that can only be expressed in its absurdity.

Infini #5 was created as part of Infini 1-15, the Decoratelier performance in which fifteen artists considered which space or landscape they would like to see represented in a theatre today.

text Rimah Jabr / scenography Jozef Wouters / dramaturgy Jeroen Peeters / light Ken Hioco / technical direction Menno Vandevelde / production manager Celine van der Poel / decoratelier Ryma Merghoub, Stijn Maes, Tim Vanhentenryck / production Decoratelier Jozef Wouters, Damaged Goods (Brussels) / thanks to Dries Douibi, Bruno Forment, Ine Craenhals, Chris Keulemans and KVS (Brussels)

© Jozef Wouters
© Jozef Wouters
© Jozef Wouters
Underneath Which Rivers Flow

Globe Aroma & Decoratelier Jozef Wouters

“One day, a large banner suddenly appeared on the facade of the Decoratelier, showing a virtual vision of what the neighbourhood might look like in the future. The studio and its surroundings had been replaced by a large park. That same day, I met a group of people from Globe Aroma and we decided to dig a hole towards this future park that, right now, is still an old factory. In the enormous void we taught each other to build out loud: a form of construction in which there is no difference between speaking, dreaming and building. Gradually an alternative park took shape, a park where memories and imagination intermingle, a secret garden filled with shadows and a jumble of grey zones. As yet I understand little of it, but it seems to be a place where people can decide for themselves whether or not to be visible or invisible, and this in the heart of the city.” (Jozef Wouters)

In 2018-19, Decoratelier Jozef Wouters is working with Open Arts House Globe Aroma on Underneath Which Rivers Flow. A group of women and men – builders, poets and dreamers – meet weekly in the Decoratelier in Molenbeek. Together, they build stories, a secret garden full of wormholes to unsuspected worlds.

Dates: 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 (matinee) Mar // Tickets

Production Damaged Goods, Globe Aroma
Co-production Kaaitheater, Netwerk Aalst

‘Underneath Which Rivers Flow’ is a part of the two-year collaboration between Netwerk Aalst and Jozef Wouters, as part of the programme ‘The Unreliable Protagonist’ (2017-2019).

© Jozef Wouters
© Dries Gijsels
Building Out Loud

Building Out Loud is a form of improvised construction in which sketching, making, expressing and speaking take place simultaneously. More than a name for a specific project, it is a common theme that includes various projects and spaces.

© Ewoud Vermote
Space for 'LILA & JOHN: A Fashion Performance.' October 2018 in Decoratelier.
© Ewoud Vermote
Space for ‘LILA & JOHN: A Fashion Performance.‘ October 2018 in Decoratelier.
© Ewoud Vermote
Space for ‘LILA & JOHN: A Fashion Performance.‘ October 2018 in Decoratelier.
© Ewoud Vermote
Space for ‘LILA & JOHN: A Fashion Performance.‘ October 2018 in Decoratelier.
© Jozef Wouters
Space for ‘Momentum #3‘ of d e t h e a t e r m a k e r. October 2018 on the roof of deSingel, Antwerp (BE).
© Leontien Allemeersch
Space for ‘Momentum #3‘ of d e t h e a t e r m a k e r. October 2018 on the roof of deSingel, Antwerp (BE).
© Elsemieke Scholte
Space for ‘Momentum #3‘ of d e t h e a t e r m a k e r. October 2018 on the roof of deSingel, Antwerp (BE).
Scenographies

Next to creating own work and projects, Decoratelier Jozef Wouters creates scenographies in collaboration with various artists and makers.

© Laura Van Severen
Scenography in collaboration with Florian Fischer for the piece 'To Name Herstory' (2018). Out of their conversations emerged an intuitive space, playing with reality and fiction.
© Laura Van Severen
Scenography in collaboration with Radouan Mriziga for the piece '8' (2018). Together they transformed Decoratelier into a space that operates as a machine with two dancers at the heart.
© Tine Declerck
Scenography in collaboration with Christophe Meierhans for the piece ‘Trials of Money‘ (2018).
© Laura Van Severen
Scenography in collaboration with BOG. for the piece ‘KID.‘ (2017)

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Infini
Infini #5
Underneath Which Rivers Flow
Building Out Loud
Scenographies