Asked to do a project in a classical theatre building I decided to embrace the thick walls, high threshold and 49 electrical flybars that can each go up and down individually.

For this, I needed to organize a temporary association of craftsmen and artists. I called it Decoratelier. Together we tried to answer the desire of the building.

For two years, we negotiated about what spaces we should show in that theatre building today.

We called those spaces Infini’s, traditionally the name for a painted backdrop in baroque scenographies

The goal was to make each Infini as flat as possible so they could all hang from the flybars without storage problems.

The result of this process was a four hour show in which fifteen different scenographies, fifteen different negotiations, appeared and disappeared one after the other.

Michiel Soete

Sis Matthé

Anna Rispoli

Chris Keulemans

Arkadi Zaides

Benny Claessens

Jisun Kim

Wim Cuyvers

Wim Cuyvers

Thomas Bellinck

Rebekka de Wit

Rimah Jabr

Begüm Erciyas

Michiel Vandevelde

Michiel Vandevelde

Rodrigo Sobarzo

Scenography, I learned by doing this project, is the negotiation of different desires turned into space.


A project by Decoratelier in collaboration with 15 correspondents

Upon the question “Which space do you think we need to show in the theatre today?”, 15 artists engaged in a conversation with scenographer Jozef Wouters and Decoratelier, which resulted in a series of 15 Infinis, each of them a complex landscape in search of answers. This programme booklet provides you with a guide to navigate through the evening.

Anna Rispoli, Arkadi Zaides, Begüm Erciyas, Benny Claessens, Chris Keulemans, Jisun Kim, Jozef Wouters, Michiel Soete, Michiel Vandevelde, Rebekka de Wit, Remah Jabr, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Sis Matthé, Thomas Bellinck, Wim Cuyvers

artistic direction: Jozef Wouters
curator: Dries Douibi
dramaturgy: Jeroen Peeters
production management: Celine van der Poel
assistance production: Catherine Vervaecke
technical direction: Menno Vandevelde
stage management: Niels Antonissen
wood workshop: Samuel Verdonck, Siemen Van Gaubergen, Tim Vanhentenryck
metal workshop: Tomislav Ruzic
paper workshop: Ine Craenhals, Lila John, Kwinten Wouters, Dareen Abbas
cloth workshop: Pascal Windelinckx, Heidi Ehrhart, Nathanael Van Hoecke
painting: Thierry Bosquet
digital image editing: Stijn Maes
graphic design: Ward Heirwegh
scale models: Hanne Van Den Biesen, Maurane Colson
lighting: Ken Hioco, Dimitri Stuyven


sound: Sourour Schallewaty, Max Stuurman, Vic Grevendonck
video: Marie Vandecasteele, Donald Berlanger, Vic Grevendonck
flybars: Christophe Geens, Jimmy De Boelpaep
surtitling: Inge Floré
administration: Karolien Derwael, Sara Verhaert (Klein Verzet)

thanks to: Nienke Scholts, Rose Werckx and everyone at KVS.
special thanks to: Jan Goossens and Patrick De Coster for their unrelenting support and trust.

pictures: Phile Deprez en Saskia Vanderstichele

production: Mennomichieljozef vzw and KVS
coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts
INFINI 1-15 was realized with the support of the Flemish Authorities

More information about the project here.

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