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 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
|More credits to be confirmed||Concept and direction||BERLIN [Bart Baele and Yves Degryse]|
Geert De Vleesschauwer and Jessica Ridderhof
|Video editing||Bart Baele and Geert De Vleesschauwer|
|Scenography||Manu Siebens and BERLIN||Musical composition||Peter Van Laerhoven|
|Music live and on film||Peter Van Laerhoven,
Eric Thielemans en Tim Coenen
|Technical coordination||Manu Siebens and Geert De Vleesschauwer||Production management||Jessica Ridderhof|
|Production||BERLIN||Business management||Kurt Lannoye|
|Administration||Jane Seynaeve||Distribution||Eveline Martens|
deSingel international arts campus [Antwerp, BE], le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR], C-TAKT [Limburg, BE] and more to be confirmed With the support of the Flemish Government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government (Podiumfonds) - BERLIN is creative associate at deSingel international arts campus [Antwerp, BE] and artiste associé at le CENTQUATRE-PARIS [FR]