MOSCOW – 2009

A portrait of a city full of controversies, staged on six moving screens with a live string quartet and pianist in a custom-made tent.

Moscow, where all roads still lead to the Kremlin.
Where more billionaires live per square kilometre
than anywhere else in the world.
Where the mayor has the participants in the gay parade beaten up.
Where everything you touch is history.
Where every cliché is confirmed and denied.
Where you don't order vodka by the glass but by the gram.
Moscow, a circus?

Berlin went to speak to several prominent Muscovites and recorded what they had to say in a disconcerting film document. The audience is welcomed in a tent, custom-made for Moscow. While the film is projected on moving screens, a string quartet and a pianist play Benjamin Boutreur's soundtrack.


Video and audio


Concept Bart Baele,
Yves Degryse,
Caroline Rochlitz
Photography Bart Baele,
Luk Sponselee
Interviews Yves Degryse,
Caroline Rochlitz
Editing Bart Baele,
Geert De Vleesschauwer
Piano Joachim Saerens,
Stijn Wauters
Violin Wim Lauwaert,
Sterre De Raedt,
Yuki Hori,
Christophe Pochet,
Nele Verhaert
Viola Natalie Glas Cello Katelijn Van Kerckhoven,
Sam Faes
Soundtrack Benjamin Boutreur Sound mixing Peter Van Laerhoven
Sound recording Tom De With,
Roeland Trauwaen
Interpreter Alexey Babilua,
Julia Galygina
Research Marina Barrett,
Design tent HMMH
Advice editing Nico Leunen Assist. post production Frank Lanssens
Technicians Koen Bauwens,
Jesse Janssens
Costumes Kim Troubleyn,
Kristin Van der Weken
Design screens Manu Siebens Graphics Gerjo Van Dam
Catering Kim Troubleyn
STUK / 30CC [Leuven, BE], Kunstenfestivaldesarts [Brussel, BE], Theater op de Markt-Dommelhof / Zebracinema [provincie Limburg, BE], PACT Zollverein [Essen, DE], Festival TEMPS D'IMAGES 2009 / La Ferme du Buisson [Scène Nationale de Marne-la-Vallée, FR], Festival a/d Werf [Utrecht, NL], Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival [Göteborg, SE], Steirischer herbst festival [Graz, AT], Alkantara [Lissabon, PT], TNBA [Bordeaux, FR]. With support of VAF, the Flemish Government, Culture programme of the European Union [NXTSTP], City of Antwerp. BERLIN is associated artist to CENTQUATRE [Paris, FR].