Ramble Song

Bart Baele, 2021

With Ramble Song, BERLIN propels music [a driving foundation in earlier work] and the cinematic into the foreground. A poetic ramble full of beauty but also disappointment unravels in a series of tableaux. Ramble Song meanders between melancholy and black humour, inspired by the figure of the drifter ­– the nomad who cultivates a form of indecisiveness and who lurks in each of us.

Onstage there is a theatrical installation. This organism in sleep mode, with something that resembles a continuously audible and visible respiration, is animated through live music and footage. The soundtrack is wide-ranging, featuring echoes of new-classical music but also energetic krautrock and a diversity of synth-driven soundscapes. The daily noise between our ears here gives way to a musical universe that gets crystallized in images – and vice versa.

Ramble Song features four musicians onstage: BERLIN’s in-house composer Peter Van Laerhoven, who has been creating BERLIN’s soundscape from the very beginning, Tim Coenen [Miet Warlop, Het nieuwstedelijk, The Go Find, Roadhouse Libra,..], Eric Thielemans [EARR, Chantal Acda, Tape Cuts Tape, Ben Sluijs Quartet, BERLIN's Jerusalem andRemember The Dragons,..] and Tine Hubrechts. The performance will be accompanied by a physical [vinyl] and digital release of the music.

Ramble Song differs from earlier work in formal terms, but is vintage BERLIN in terms of inventive puzzling with (presentation) forms to achieve a powerful whole. The profound humanity that characterized previous, often documentary work is taken even further in this fictional work, averse to the anecdotic and to dominant storylines.

tour dates

gc de kluize Oosterzele BE
cc maasmechelen Maasmechelen BE
de warande Turnhout BE
cc het spoor Harelbeke BEnext arts festival
BE première
30cc Leuven BE
de singel Antwerp BE
de singel Antwerp BE
de singel Antwerp BE
BE premiere
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concept and direction

Bart Baele

actors film

Luk Sponselee, Menno De Schrijver, Michel Van Looveren, Jane Seynaeve, Anthe Baele, Jasper Meuris, Ester Van Nuffel, Ninke De Roeck, Mo Franken, Sigrid Desplentere, Jérôme Gouardères, Jaak Fremault, Billie Ghadhoun Seynaeve

supporting actors

Joost van der Boom, Quiny Voorn, Patrick Oost,
Andre Beukers, Marianne Buwalda, Devon Guy, Amber van Wijk, Stijn Lutz, Michiel Hendriks, Bas Ruhl, Rainier van Amelsvoort, Liesbeth Peels , Pien van Welbergen-Danen, Pharmindra Kedar, You Zheng Chou, Nicole Honnebier

video and video editing

Bart Baele, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Fien Leysen


Manu Siebens, BERLIN

set dresser

Jessica Ridderhof

musical composition

Peter Van Laerhoven


Peter Van Laerhoven, Tine Hubrechts, Eric Thielemans, Tim Coenen (live & film), Mo Franken, Ester Van Nuffel en Ninke De Roeck (film)


Jessica Ridderhof, Jane Seynaeve, Perrine Philomeen, Doris van der Molen


Jane Seynaeve, Saskia Verreycken, Lona Cerutti

accompaniment supporting actors

Angeliek Vermonden, Lara Arnoldus


Koen Broos, Luis Xertu

graphic design

Corbin Mahieu

technical coordination

Manu Siebens, Geert De Vleesschauwer

sound design

Arnold Bastiaanse


Arnold Bastiaanse, Bas De Caluwe, Maarten Moesen, Karel Verstreken

production management

Jessica Ridderhof

business management

Kurt Lannoye


Jane Seynaeve


Eveline Martens


Sam Loncke

thanks to

Florine Schaap, Regul Bogaert, Tamara Esseling,
Charlotte Willems, Lars Senders, Peter De Haan Uitvaartservice, De Studio (Antwerp), J&M Catering, Bart De Muynck, Rotterdams Volkstheater, Gracy's, Roodkapje/Burgertrut,
Carole Seynaeve, Ruth Lodder




DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE), C-TAKT (Limburg, BE)

with the support of

the Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government via Flanders Tax Shelter and the City of Antwerp


60 min.