concept BERLIN (Bart Baele and Yves Degryse)
soundtrack & mixing Peter Van Laerhoven
text Kirsten Roosendaal, Yves Degryse, Bart Baele
camera Geert De Vleesschauwer
editing Bart Baele, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Yves Degryse
scenography BERLIN, Manu Siebens
technical direction Robrecht Ghesquière
production & communication Laura Fierens
research & dramaturgy Natalie Schrauwen
internship research Heleen De Boever
construction set Manu Siebens, Robrecht Ghesquière, Bregt Janssens, Koen Ghesquière
business management Kurt Lannoye
tour planning & distribution Kathleen Treier
website Stijn Bonjean
sets & props Jessica Ridderhof, Natalie Schrauwen
catering Charlotte Willems, Ophelia kookt!
make-up Sigrid Volders
with Derek Blyth, Sergey Glushkov, Francois Pierron, Juan Albeiro Serrato Torres, Rinat Shaham, Shizuka Hariu, Shlomi Kirchely, Jonas Jonsson, Nirman Arora, Suneet Chhabra, Luci Comincioli, Roger Christmann, Regina Vilaça, Pat Butler, Walter Müller, Adela Efendieva, Andrew Mugisha, Ramesh Parekh, Nico Mäkel, Wim Mäkel, Tamas Sandor, Philippe Cappelle, Romik Rai, Brecht Ghijselinck, Vladimir Bondarev, Andrei Tarasov, Matsumoto Kazushi, Bob Turner, Geert-Jan Jansen, Kurt Lannoye, Robrecht Ghesquière, Laura Fierens, Patryk Wezowski, Hilde Verhelst, Christina Davidsen
coproduction Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg [DE], KunstenfestivaldesArts [Brussels, BE], le CENTQUATRE [Paris, FR], Dublin Theatre Festival [Dublin, IE], Centrale Fies [Dro, IT], Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival [Groningen, NL], La Bâtie – Festival de Genève [Genève, CH], Zomer van Antwerpen [BE]
project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the European Union’s Culture Programme and ONDA – Office national de diffusion artistique
BERLIN is associated artist to CENTQUATRE – Paris [FR] with the support of the Flemish Government
Running time 1h 15′
With English and Italian subtitles
One round table with thirty seated screens at one side of the table and thirty audience seats at the other side. Thirty one-on-one narratives. The spectator can choose five he would like to see.
A famous pianist realizes on stage that she studied the wrong concerto – a neurosurgeon swaps head and body of two monkeys, they stay alive – in Japan there are 700 000 people living as hikikomori, withdrawn in their sleeping rooms for at least a year, away from social life. Six degrees of separation, a theory that everyone is six or fewer steps away from any other person in the world. A large array of dispersed stories will be offered to the audience. BERLIN will encounter the people behind the little or great stories in international magazines, newspapers, specialized internet sites, youtube. The themes brought up in these stories will be eclectic: from a philosophic proposition, over a scientific detail, to an anecdote…
Thirty stories, transformed to thirty filmed monologues with a dramaturgy that gives them a certain coherence. The duration of each narrative will be exactly the same and multiple interactions will intervene at different moments. A one–on–one performance for 30 spectators, around one round table.
PERHAPS ALL THE DRAGONS – Horror Vacui [#3] – 2014 […in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage]
The starting point of each performance of BERLIN is located in a city or a region somewhere on the planet. Characteristic is its documentary and interdisciplinary work methods. Focusing on a specific research question, it engages different media depending on the content of the project.
Bart Baele and Yves Degryse founded BERLIN in 2003 together with Caroline Rochlitz. They started the series Holocene (the Holocene is the current geological era) with the performances Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza and Moscow. A few years later BERLIN started a new cycle Horror Vacui (the fear of emptiness) of which Tagfish, Land’s End and Perhaps All The Dragons are the first three episodes.
BERLIN is currently working on new performances in both cycles. The number of projects is not defined but the Holocene cycle will end in Berlin for the creation of a fiction–docu project with different inhabitants of the former cities of the cycle.