TAGFISH – 2010
[all great changes begin at the table]

A story about waiting. Seven characters at a table, discussing new uses to the wasteland in their area. A conference that never took place in real life.

Zollverein, ‘die schönste Zeche der Welt’, the most beautiful coal mine in the world. An abandoned UNESCO world heritage site in Germany, where plans are being made to build a luxury hotel and a high school. Sheik Hani Yamani makes himself known as interested to invest in the project. Years go by. While the sheik is waiting for clear guidelines and permissions, the Germans negotiators are waiting for a signature of the investor.

BERLIN projects the six people involved at a table, people that never met in real life, a composed encounter. A seventh chair is empty. While they are waiting for the sheik to come, a discussion about possibilities for the future development of the site, takes place.


press quotes
'A hilarious pattern of non-communication.' – De Volkskrant

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Concept Bart Baele,
Yves Degryse
Soundtrack & mixing Peter Van Laerhoven
With Hans-Jürgen Best,
Christoph Finger,
Rolf Heyer,
Wolfgang Kintscher,
Kaspar Kraemer,
Thomas Rempen,
Kostas Mitsalis,
the Consolidation choir
Sound recording Tom De With,
Maarten Moesen,
Dimitry De Cock,
Bas de Caluwé
Interviews Yves Degryse Photography Bart Baele
Production management Natalie Schrauwen Editing Bart Baele,
Geert De Vleesschauwer
Scenery & technical coordination Linde Raedschelders Research BERLIN
Videosystem & chairs Manu Siebens,
Costumes Kristin Van der Weken,
Kim Troubleyn
Assistance post-production Frank Lanssens Sketches hotel Kim Troubleyn
Technical support Lilith Tremmery,
Jeroen Wuyts
Assistance development chairs Herman Venderickx,
Dajo Peeters,
Joris Festjens
Logging Annika Serong,
Anne Habermann,
Peter Hassaers
Construction set workshops of Schauspielhaus Essen,
Théâtre royal de la Monnaie,
Babs Boey,
Anne Heyman
Subtitles Sabrina Apitz Intern production Kate Olsen
Business management Kurt Lannoye Catering Kim Troubleyn
Theater der Welt [Mülheim, DE], STUK [Leuven, BE], Festival TEMPS D'IMAGES 2010 / La Ferme du Buisson [Scène Nationale de Marne-la-Vallée, FR], Wiener Festwochen [Vienna, AT]. With support of the Flemish Government. BERLIN is associated artist to CENTQUATRE – Paris [FR].