RAMBLE SONG – 2021
With Ramble Song – a cinematic concert or concertante film – 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 and one of its creators onstage, fired up by BERLIN’s in-house composer. Peter Van Laerhoven made a name for himself as a film composer [for Fien Troch and Bram Van Paesschen, among others] and rock and pop musician [Monsoon and Woven Hand, among others]. He has been creating BERLIN’s soundscape from the very beginning. He will be assisted live by 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 and Remember The Dragons,..] and Tine Hubrechts [o.a. The Bear That Wasn’t]. 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.
photo: serie 6 © Koen Broos
RAMBLE SONG – 2021
Video and audio
|concept and direction||BERLIN [Bart Baele and Yves Degryse]||actors film||Luk Sponselee,
Menno De Schrijver,
Michel Van Looveren,
Ester Van Nuffel,
Ninke De Roeck,
more to be confirmed
|video and video editing||Bart Baele and Geert De Vleesschauwer||scenography||Manu Siebens and BERLIN|
|musical composition||Peter Van Laerhoven||musicians||Peter Van Laerhoven,
Eric Thielemans and Tim Coenen [live & film],
Ester Van Nuffel and Ninke De Roeck [film]
|photography||Koen Broos||graphic design||Corbin Mahieu|
|costumes||Jessica Ridderhof and Jane Seynaeve||make-up||Jane Seynaeve and Saskia Verreycken|
|technical coordination||Manu Siebens and Geert De Vleesschauwer||sound||Arnold Bastiaanse,
Bas De Caluwe,
Maarten Moesen and Karel Verstreken
|production management||Jessica Ridderhof||production||BERLIN|
|business management||Kurt Lannoye||administration||Jane Seynaeve|
|sales||Eveline Martens||communications||Sam Loncke|
|thanks to||Florine Schaap,
Peter De Haan Uitvaartservice,
De Studio (Antwerpen,
J&M Catering and Bart De Muynck
deSingel international arts campus [Antwerp, BE], le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR] and C-TAKT [Limburg, BE] with the support of the Flemish Government and the City of Antwerp BERLIN is creative associate at deSingel international arts campus [Antwerp, BE] and artiste associé at le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR]