A Day is a Hundred Years

Damaged Goods, Toneelhuis

How do you fall asleep? How can you gain mastery over the night? Cast aside your fears and embrace the possibilities of darkness, no longer lying awake blinded by thoughts, but getting up and taking a walk in their shadows?

Since 2019 Jozef Wouters has shared his Decoratelier in Brussels with Barry Ahmad Talib, an artist from Conakry (Guinee) who like him suffers from insomnia. From within their sleepless nights, they have conversations made of more than words. An alliance of technicians, musicians, performers and poets forms around them. At night, they gather in Decoratelier to shape a world of fragile structures, built out of light and sound, fuel and time. A shadow atelier, where the table saw is idle and building takes place in hushed tones.

Wouters and his team transport this world to the stage, which becomes both the playing field and the wings. A Day is a Hundred Years is a tool, a planetarium of sorts, that can produce other forms of visibility. It is a theater which trades the central perspective for a multitude of gazes, where the scenography sees us more than we see it.

Written and directed by

  • Jozef Wouters

artistic collaborators

  • Michiel Soete
  • Barry Ahmad Talib


  • Barry Ahmad Talib
  • Maya Dhondt
  • Micha Goldberg
  • Naomi Lilith Quashie
  • Kamal Tall 


  • Jozef Wouters

light design

  • Michiel Soete


  • Bryana Fritz

technical director

  • Menno Vandevelde

built by

  • Decoratelier (Brussel)

inside eye

  • Enzo Smits
  • Lila John 

production management

  • Vincent Focquet
  • Michiel Soete
  • Marie Umuhoza


  • Chloë Tempel
  • Freek Willems
  • Sophie Bax


  • Damaged Goods


  • Toneelhuis
  • Wiener Festwochen
  • PACT Zollverein

with the support of

  • de Vlaamse Overheid
  • De Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
  • Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid
  • Perpodium

All data

  1. Thursday 18 May 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere
  2. Friday 19 May 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 20 May 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Thursday 8 June 2023 — 20h30 — Wiener Festwochen, Wenen
  5. Friday 9 June 2023 — 20h30 — Wiener Festwochen, Wenen
  6. Saturday 10 June 2023 — 20h30 — Wiener Festwochen, Wenen
  7. Friday 16 June 2023 — 20h00 — PACT Zollverein, Essen
  8. Saturday 17 June 2023 — 20h00 — PACT Zollverein, Essen

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