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 The atelier and its surroundings had been replaced by a large park.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.


This event takes place in Decoratelier in Brussels, Rue de Liverpoolstraat 24, Molenbeek.
Get your tickets on the website of Performatik.

The performance will be French-, English-, Arabic- and Dutch-spoken, with French and English as the main languages.

  • Friday, March 15 at 9 PM (première)
  • Saturday, March 16 at 9 PM
  • Monday, March 18 at 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 19 at 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 21 at 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 23 at 5 PM (matinee)


  • Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 28 maart at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 30 maart at 4 PM


Building Poets Ali Alkrizi, Barry Ahmad Talib, Mimouna Amri, Zohir Boumelha, Bushra Lamsyeh, Sekou Coumbassa, Chantal Gyselinx, Idris Hassan Hardi, George Khuroshvili, Soumaya Mahroug, Shilemeza Prins, Randy Renders, Marie-Ange Sibi, Ifrah Yusuf Magan

Special thanks to Saïd Amrawu, Alex Cepile, Tahar Sadam, Mbarek Bouallaga

Artistic direction Jozef Wouters

Decoratelier Menno Vandevelde (technical director), Willem Rys, Vic Van den Bossche, Casper van Overschee, Lukas Geerens, Jan Rymenants, Koen Schetske, Siemen Van Gaubergen

Dramaturgy Vladimir Miller and Jeroen Peeters

Film Robbrecht Desmet

Light in collaboration with Michiel Soete

Sound in collaboration with Vincent Malstaf

Production management Penelope Desloovere, Brecht Theunis, Camille Thiry, Ewoud Vermote

Production Damaged Goods, Globe Aroma

Co-production Kaaitheater, Netwerk Aalst

Thanks to Thomas Collier, Wannes Cré, Philip Delbecque, Pieter Dumoulin, Marlies Jacques, Sirine Jen, Lila John, Sanae Khamlichi, Ferre Marnef, Hana Mileti?, Kristof Vande Walle (M – Museum Leuven), Sarah Vanhee, Nathanael Van Hoecke, De Lork vzw, Gemeente Molenbeek, L’Escaut Architectures, WijkAntenne de Quartier

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). For Netwerk Aalst, this project was managed by Els Silvrants-Barclay.

15.03.2019 21:00—23.03.2019 17:00