Next to producing the work of Yves Degryse, BERLIN is also be making room to support the work of new makers, associate artists with a fondness for documentary theatre who will each realize a project within the company. In 2024 Fien Leysen kicks off with ALABAMA.
Bio Yves Degryse °1977 is the artistic director of BERLIN, the company he founded in 2003 with Bart Baele and Caroline Rochlitz. Alongside Barbara Raes and Melih Gençboyacı, he was also recently appointed artistic director of NTGent. Since 2022 he has been the sole artistic director of BERLIN, with The making of Berlin as his first creation. From 2000 to 2009 Degryse was also part of the theatre collective SKaGeN. He trained as an actor with Dora van der Groen and performed with several companies (De Queeste, De Onderneming, De Maan, Comp. Marius). Besides his work in theatre, he can also regularly be seen on television and on the big screen (Chantal, Callboys, De Helaasheid der Dingen, The Broken Circle Breakdown, etc).
Bio / Associate artist Fien Leysen °1989 first studied language and literature, followed by literature studies and drama/word art at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Her graduation performance Wat (Niet) Weg Is (What’s (Not) Gone) has been performed more than 400 times and can still be seen. In 2019 she created the theatre performance Wie We Zijn (Who We Are) as a Young Maker with Het nieuwstedelijk. In February 2021 she premiered the theatre installation Numi Yaldati (at KVS and DE SINGEL), which she created with scenographer Manu Siebens. Fien is further involved in a number of BERLIN productions and podcast creations. Besides theatre and audio work, she writes columns (including for De Standaard) and poetry. Fien’s work balances between the personal and the poetic and touches upon universal themes. She is working as associate artist with BERLIN on the performance ALABAMA. Premiere February 1, 2024 at theater arsenaal (Mechelen).